Norway and the Oxford Hills community are located in the foothills of the White Mountains, 50 miles north of Portland. A permanent population of about 7,000 can nearly triple on a winter weekend when the Sunday River and Mount Abram ski areas are in full operation. Norway was once the "Snowshoe Capital of the World" becuase of the large number of snowshoes manufactured in the town. Now tourism is the major employer, both winter and summer.
There are numerous lakes in the area and excellent hiking locally and in the White Mountains . There are also a number of light industries, including shoe manufacturing, wood products, a woolen mill, a mobile home builder, and a comprehensive high school, which serves eight communities. The town hosts an annual sidewalk art show as well as a year round Art Center. Other than skiing and hiking residents of the area enjoy snowmobiling, fishing, boating, antiques shopping, and blueberry and apple picking.