NORWAY: A REAL PEACE PRIZE
In February 2004, the National Peace Foundation awarded its Peacemaker/Peacebuilder Award to the Norwegian Government. The population of Norway is 4.8 million, and yet at that time it had the largest per capita foreign aid program of any country in the world. The then Norwegian ambassador to the United States, Knut Vollebaek, said that ever since its Christian missionaries traveled abroad in the 18th and 19th centuries, Norway has considered it a “moral duty” to help less fortunate countries. The missionaries wrote home with details of life in faraway villages.
(From The Washington Post, February 4, 2004)