Where is Norwegia: An Investigative Inquiry Into Our Newest Diplomatic Partner

It's probably near the Kingdom of Genovia.

You might have missed last night's big news, which was that Malacañang was paid a courtesy call by the ambassador of our newest diplomatic partner, Norwegia.

In a post from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Facebook page, the government posted photos of Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Forner, noting that "The president conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu to outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Forner for his service as the representative of Norwegia."

It took a few hours for the good people on social media to catch on, but when they did, they spread the news far and wide:

All sarcasm aside (well, most sarcasm aside, anyway), what is up with "Norwegia"? Is it, as suggested above, the Nordic name for the land the rest of the world calls Norway?

Well, in a word: No. The official name for the Kingdom of Norway in their own language is Kongeriket Norge (sometimes spelled Kongeriket Noreg) and Norgga gonagasriika. "Norway" itself is derived from the old Norse words nordr and vegr, which mean "northern way," referring to the country's long western coastline.

But, let's not forget, Norwegia does exist in that Hillary Duff classic A Cinderella Story, which should count for something:

In the meantime, it seems like the PCOO's officers have come out to defend what they call a "typo," and which the rest of us would generously call a "gaffe." Check out the comments section on the revised post (this is advice we never thought we'd give).


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