Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway. It has close to 700000 inhabitants and over 1 million in its urban area. It is located in southern Norway at the end of the Oslofjord, a long bay about 60km away from the open sea.
Oslo was founded around 1000 AD and first became the capital of Norway at the end of the 13th century during the reign of king Haakon V. Oslo was destroyed several times by fire and finally rebuilt in 1624. In 1924 the city was renamed from Kristiania to Oslo.
Compared to other cities in Norway, Oslo feels like a huge and busy place. It doesn't have the flavour and atmosphere of the typical Norwegian city, which is much smaller, centered around a bay in a scenic environment. There is no clearly identifiable ancient, medieval core with for instance old buildings and cobblestone streets. The centre of Oslo is dominated by large buildings in neoclassical style and large, wide streets.
The waterfront area between the opera and Tjuvholment has been redeveloped in recent years and is now quite modern and fresh. Oslo has a number of interesting museums and pleasant parks.
01 Palace park 02 Palace park 03 Palace park 04 Royal palace
05 Royal palace 06 Royal palace 07 Royal guard
08 Palace park 09 Fountain in palace park 10 Fountain in palace park 11 Royal palace 12 University of Oslo Faculty of Law
13 Hard Rock Cafe 14 Egon restaurant 15 Karl Johan hotel 16 Grand Hotel 17 Grand Hotel 01 Torggate pedestrian area
02 Torggate pedestrian area 03 Clock in Torggata 04 Torggate pedestrian area 05 Oslo cathedral 06 Christian IV statue 07 Oslo cathedral
08 Stortorget square 09 Normal store in Grensen street
10 Storting parliament building 11 Karl Johans gate pedestrian area 12 Olav Thon gruppen 13 Freia clock
14 Jernbanetorget square 15 Jernbanetorget square 16 Jernbanetorget square 17 Ostbanehallen mall
18 Oslo central station 19 Jernbanetorget square 20 Jernbanetorget square 21 Radisson Blu hotel
22 Pedestrian bridge to Radisson Blu hotel 23 Oslo City mall 24 Oslo City mall 25 Oslo Spektrum 26 Arbeiderpartiet headquarters
27 Den Norske Turistforening 28 Comfort Hotel Grand Central 29 Ostbanehallen mall 30 Near the strain station
31 Jernbanetorget square at night 32 Jernbanetorget square at night
01 Flower beds 02 Pond 03 Frogner park
04 Bronze statues 05 Bronze statues 06 Frogner park 07 Bronze statues 08 Dahlia flower
09 Vigelandsanlegget 10 Vigeland fountain 11 Vigeland fountain 12 Vigelandsanlegget 13 Ornamental gate
14 Monolith statues complex 15 Monolith statues complex 16 Monolith statues 17 Monolith statues 18 Monolith statues
19 Monolith column 20 Vigelandsanlegget 21 Sunflower 22 Sunflower 23 Sunflower
24 Frogner park 25 Frogner park 26 Frogner park 27 Frogner park 28 Pond
29 Pond 01 Channel and bridge at night 02 Astrup Fearnley museum 03 Channel and bridge at night 04 Astrup Fearnley museum
05 Astrup Fearnley museum of modern art 06 Astrup Fearnley museum 07 Astrup Fearnley museum 08 Astrup Fearnley museum
09 Residential buildings in Aker Brygge 10 Channel and bridge 11 Building on Stranden 12 Brick wall building in Aker Brygge 13 Grundingen street
14 Grundingen street 15 Grundingen street 16 Aker Brygge pedestrian area
17 Aker Brygge pedestrian area 18 Shadesofnorway apparel shop 19 Astrup Fearnley museum of modern art
01 Akerhus fortress entrance 02 Pond in Akerhus fortress 03 Opera house
04 Opera house and Oslofjord 05 Deichman library
06 Thon hotel Opera 07 Solen og Jorden statue 08 Akershus fortress 09 Oslo city hall 10 Oslo city hall
11 Akershus fortress 12 Akershus fortress 13 Akershus fortress and Oslofjord
14 Akershus fortress and Oslofjord 15 Akershus fortress 16 Skyscraper
17 Deichman library and Opera house 18 Building on Langkaia waterfront 19 Deichman library
20 Hun ligger sculpture 21 Munch museum 22 Opera house at dusk
23 Opera house and Munch museum 24 Oslofjord at night
25 Oslo bay with opera house
26 Opera house at night
27 Opera house at night 28 Bjorvika at night
29 Deichman library 01 Viking ship museum 02 Viking ship 03 Oseberg Viking ship
04 Viking ship 05 Oseberg Viking ship 06 Ship prow 07 Ship prow
08 Viking ship 09 Oseberg Viking ship 10 Viking ship 11 Viking ship
12 Viking ship 13 Viking ship 14 Viking ship 15 Wooden animal head
16 Bottom part of Viking ship 17 Oseberg ship prow 18 Oseberg Viking ship 01 Glasmagasinet 02 Sagene church 03 Sagene church
04 Sagene church 05 Central Oslo 06 Ekebergparken sculpture park
07 Ekebergparken sculpture park 08 Cemetery wall in Ekebergparken 09 Ekebergparken sculpture park 10 Ekebergparken sculpture park
11 Oslo skyline 12 Business district
13 Yellow building in Trudvangveien
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