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Norway gets its power from the moon : Business Insider

Norway runs on tidal power, which comes from the moon's gravitational pull.

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The moon controls the tide, the source of Norway's hydro power. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

We recently took a big gulp of data from  BP's annual Statistical Energy Review, released last week and determined which countries get the greatest amount of energy from which resources.

One country's ratio instantly stood out: Norway.

It turns out that the Scandinavian country best-known as one of the largest oil exporters in the West (12 percent) gets nearly two-thirds of its energy from hydro power — 63 percent!

At first we pictured everyone riding around in paddle boats. But after doing some research, it got even stranger:

The country is a huge producer of tidal power. 

The movement of tides, if you'll remember from elementary school science class, is caused by the moon's gravitational pull. 

Which means Norway gets its power from the moon!

In 2003, the country built the world's first commercial natural tidal plant. Seven years later, it opened the first floating tidal plant.

Exact data showing total share from tidal power for the country is a bit fuzzy.

But it's clear they aren't letting up — they recently announced construction of another plant prototype in March.

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