The Goverment and Parliament are located here, and at the end of Oslo's main street, Karl Johans gate, you find the Royal Palace.
The green city of Oslo
Oslo has a great location at the head of the Oslo Fjord, surrounded by forested hills. The city is a fantastic destination for those who enjoy outdoor activities.
Even in the city centre, the nearest park is never more than a few blocks away. A ten-minute boat ride from the centre takes you to lovely beaches on the Oslo Fjord islands. In the winter Oslo has hundreds of kilometers of cross-country trails within the city boundries, in addition to eight ski centres.
At the same time Oslo has everything you would expect from a capital. The city offers an abundance of attractions, shopping possibilities and a flourishing cultural life, and a choice of restaurants which is almost unparalleled in Scandinavia.
The possibilities are always many – whether you want to enjoy a sumptuous meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant or you prefer a brisk, refreshing dogsleigh ride in the snow-draped winter forest.
Oslo in numbers
- Municipality of Oslo, total area: 454 km²
- Inhabitants 2014 (1 January): Municipality of Oslo 634,000, urban area approx. 1 million (Norway approx. 5,1 million)
- Forest: 242 km²
- Parks, sports fields etc.: 8 km²
- Number of islands in the Oslo Fjord: 40
- Number of lakes within the city boundries: 343
- Length of the Oslo Fjord: 100 km