As investors look overseas for opportunities, Norway is a strong country to consider. One way to snag targeted country-level exposure is the Global X MSCI Norway ETF (NORW), which is up 8% for the year.

Per a Borneo Bulletin article, “Norway’s economy contracted 2.5 per cent in 2020, a historic setback but a limited one compared to many other countries, official data showed yesterday. The country even saw growth in its gross domestic product (GDP) of 1.9 per cent in the fourth quarter, according to Statistics Norway.”

“Preliminary accounts show that the downturn in 2020 was somewhat lower than we feared when restrictions were at their peak in March and April,” Head of National Accounts at Statistics Norway Pal Sletten said in a statement.

“This is, however, still the largest annual downturn measured for the mainland economy since estimations began in 1970, and it is probably the greatest economic downturn since the Second World War,” Sletten added.

NORW seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI Norway IMI 25/50 Index. The fund invests at least 80% of its total assets in the securities of the underlying index and in American Depositary Receipts (‘ADRs’) and Global Depositary Receipts (‘GDRs’) based on the securities in the underlying index. The underlying index is designed to represent the performance of the broad Norway equity universe.

NORW gives investors:

  • Efficient Access: Efficient access to a broad basket of Norwegian securities.
  • Targeted Exposure: The fund targets exposure to a single country.
  • Strong 12-month Performance: NORW is up 26% the past year.

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How Norway Muted the Effects of the Pandemic

In Norway, the government helped implement the right measures to curb a rash of cases, minimizing the number of Norwegians ultimately infected with the virus.

“Thanks to a combination of factors, such as remote geographical location, low population density and compliance with protective measures, Norway has managed to mostly curb the spread of COVID-19 without a strict containment regime,” the article said further.

“Norway’s central bank has cut its key interest rate to zero, and the government has drawn on the country’s huge sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, to support the economy,” the article added.

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