It was not just strategic considerations that did that Nazi Germany priority to occupy Norway. Our history, nature, culture, and not least our race, were elements the Nazis were more than happy to see as part of the Great Germanic Empire they wanted to establish. "North" was not primarily a direction or a place, but a spirit in the people.
This embrace of the Norwegian had several effects. For example, the Germans constructed a story in which they took credit for taking care of it. . .