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Oslo, Capital of Norway

Oslo is the biggest city in Norway, and has been the country's capital since 1814.

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

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