49 countries did not have any registered web TV viewers from “Hurtigruten.” CC licensed by NRKbeta.no.

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK reported that 176 countries visited their web site to follow Hurtigruten. My big question was, from which countries did no one visit nrk.no/hurtigruten to watch the stunning scenery of the Norwegian coast?

It turned out that the list of 176 contains some “wannabe countries,” at least according to my definition of countries (192 UN countries + the Vatican, Kosovo, Palestine, Western Sahara and Taiwan, totalling 197 (Southern Sudan will be added as number 198 on July 9)).

Some, in this case, means 28. These are “wannabe countries,” meaning that they belong to another independent country or they’re just own IP ranges. The real number of  countries from which people have been following “Hurtigruten” is in other words 148. Still a hell of a lot, and extremelly impressive. NRK has with this truly multimedial project really put down the foundation for a new genre. The 28 countries that shouldn’t, in my opinion, be counted as countries are, as follows:

28 wannabes
Aruba (Dutch)
Bermuda (British)
BQ (dunno where this is, own IP, at least)
British Virgin Islands (British)
Cayman Islands (British)
CW (unknown, own IP)
Faeroe Islands (Danish)
French Guyana (French)
French Polynesia (French)
GG (not me, but a cool name for a “country…” – own IP)

Gibraltar (British)
Greenland (Dansih)
Guadeloupe  (French)
Guam (American)
Hong Kong (Chinese)
IM (unknown, own IP)
JE (unknown, own IP)
Macau (Chinese)
Martinique (French)
New Caldonia (French)

Norfolk Island (Australian)
Other Europe (who knows…)
Puerto Rico (American)
Reserved (well…)
Reunion (French)
St. Pierre and Miquelon (French)
SX (unknown, own IP)
Turks and Caicos Islands (British)

The 49 that were left behind
197 countries minus 176 countries equals 21. 21 plus 28 equals 49. That means that 49 “real” countries have been unlucky enough to not have any viewers of “Hurtigruten, minute by minute” to tell the tale to the rest. Those countries are:

Antigua and Barbuda
Benin
Bhutan
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cape Verde
Cantral African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo Brazzaville

Cote d’Ivoire
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Gabon
Grenada
Guinea
Haiti
Kiribati
Kosovo

Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Mongolia
Nauru
North Korea
Palau

Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Swaziland
Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Togo
Tonga
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
The Vatican
Western Sahara
Yemen
Zambia

In other words, mainly countries from Africa and the Pacific with a few Asian and North American ones thrown in. Plus Kosovo and the Vatican (probably covered by the IPs of Serbia and Italy). Perhaps not really surprising given the lack of infrastructure, lack of Norwegian tourists and lack of interest in local media.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Saw this during the summer whilst in Norway. We live in Australia, have travelled on the coastal steamer along with at least 30 other Australians I know of. We plan to do the journey from south to North again in 2013. Love the Hurtigruta, love Norway. A beautiful place and Norwegians are truly blessed to live in one, if not, the most beautiful place on earth.

  2. Gunnar – re IP ranges:

    BQ – Caribbean Netherlands
    CW – Possibly Curaçao
    GG – Guernsey (Channel Islands)
    IM – Isle of Man
    JE – Jersey (Channel Islands)

    I'll let you buy me a beer next time you're in London!

  3. Gunnar you've probably already mentioned it in your blog and I'm just blind but what was your favourite country that you visited??

    Amal

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