2005 (MMV) in the Gregorian calendar was a year without a shooting day that began on a Saturday. 2005 was the World Physics Year.
The Irish city of Cork was named European Capital of Culture for 2005.
2005 was also the year of outdoor life.
100 years ago Norway declared independence from Sweden.
100 years ago Albert Einstein published his famous theory of relativity.
January 1st -
The standard rate for VAT is changed to 25%, for food and beverages 11% and passenger transport 7%. A number of services that have previously been tax-free will be taxable.
The University of Stavanger is established as the fifth university in Norway.
Turkey introduces its new Lira, which is equivalent to 1,000,000 times the old lira.
AUSFTA takes effect.
January 2 - US hit by storm, 16 killed.
January 4 - Baghdad's governor, Ali al-Haidri, is assassinated.
January 6 - The Directorate for Nature Management grants permission for license hunting of 5 wolves in the Inland, despite strong opposition from the population and massive international criticism.
January 8 -
Extreme weather Gudrun reaches Great Britain and Scandinavia, at least 13 die. In Sweden, at least 75 million cubic meters of forest are destroyed and 341,000 households are without electricity.
Mahmoud Abbas is elected as Yasir Arafat's successor in Palestine.
January 10 - Record rainfall in California, ten die
January 12 - The Deep Impact (NASA) spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral.
January 14 - Huygens' spacecraft lands on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
January 20 - George W. Bush is inaugurated in his second term as President of the United States.
January 21 - Riots in Belize after huge tax increases.
January 26 - A suicide attempt ends in a major train crash in Los Angeles, USA. At least eleven people are killed and more than 180 are injured.
January 30 - Iraq's first free parliamentary elections since 1958
February 8 - Denmark holds parliamentary elections.
February 14 - Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is killed by a suicide bombing in Beirut. At least 15 others are also killed.
February 14 - The YouTube site is launched.
February 16 - The Kyoto Protocol enters into force after being ratified by 127 countries.
February 28 - The Lebanese government resigns after demonstrations in Beirut.
March 11 - Ole Christian Kvarme is appointed bishop of Oslo.
March 24 - Kyrgyzstan's President Askar Akayev leaves the country, and Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev resigns following an uprising following a controversial National Assembly election.
March 25 - Expo 2005 opens in Japan.
April 1 - General Sverre Diesen takes over as Chief of Defense from Sigurd Frisvold.
April 2 - Pope John Paul II dies at the Vatican.
April 3 - Ole Christian Kvarme is installed as bishop in Oslo.
April 8 - Pope John Paul II is buried in St. Peter's Basilica.
April 9 - Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles at Windsor City Hall.
April 18 - Conclave after the death of Pope John Paul II begins in the Sistine Chapel.
April 19 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected pope, taking the name Benedict XVI.
April 26 - Kven gets status as its own language in Norway.
May 1 - The book industry agreement is changed. Fixed price for new fiction books ceases, it is allowed to give up to 12.5% discount.
May 13 - In Andyzhan, Uzbekistan, between 500 and 1,000 protesters are massacred by military forces.
May 15 - Election of a new National Assembly in Ethiopia.
May 29 - 55 percent voted no in a referendum in France on ratification of the EU Constitutional Treaty.
June 1 - A referendum in the Netherlands gives a large majority against ratification of the EU's new constitution.
June 8 - The source of infection for an epidemic of legionnaires' disease that has claimed at least 10 lives in Eastern Norway is located at a treatment plant at Borregaard's plant in Sarpsborg.
June 10 - Official opening of the new Svinesund bridge.
June 12 - The new bridge at Svinesund opens