to Oslo County and the weather right now! Oslo County is one out of 19 countys in Norway with a area of
454 km2 and a population of approximately 599.230. Oslo County is also a municipality. For Oslo you will find the name of the municipality to your "right"
(municipality for the whole country is 429) or read a short story given below.
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the capitol of Norway. About 20% of the country´s population (850,000)
live in Greater Oslo. One of the oldest Scandinavian capitals, Oslo has
never been on the mainstream European tourist circuit. Many have the
impression that it´s lean on historic and cultural sights. In fact, it
offers enough sights and activities to fill at least 3 or 4 busy days.
It"s also the starting point for many easy excursions along the
Oslofjord or to nearby towns and villages.
In the ´90s Oslo has
grown surprisingly from what even the Scandinavians considered a
backwater to one of the glittering cities of Europe. Restaurants,
nightclubs, cafes, shopping complexes, and other places have opened. A
Nordic joie de vivre permeates the city. The only problem is that Oslo
is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Proceed with caution if
you"re on a strict budget. Oslo was founded in the mid-11th century by
a Viking king, and became the capital around 1300 under Haakon V. In
the course of its history, the city burned down several times; it was
destroyed by fire in 1824.
The master builder, Christian IV,
king of Denmark and Norway, ordered the town rebuilt near the Akershus
Castle. He named the new town Christiania (after himself), and that was
its official name until 1924, when the city reverted to its former
name. In 1814 Norway separated from Denmark and united with Sweden, a
union that lasted until 1905. During that period the Royal Palace, the
House of Parliament, the old university, the National Theater, and the
National Gallery were built.
After the Second World War, Oslo
grew to 175 square miles. Today it´s one of the 10 largest world
capitals in area. Oslo is also one of the most heavily forested cities,
with fewer than half a million inhabitants. One final point: Oslovians
love nature. They devote much time to pursuits in the forests and on
the fjords. It takes only half an hour by tram to go from the Royal
Palace to the 390-foot Tryvann Observation Tower, where you can enjoy a
view over Oslo Marka, the giant forest. The Krogskogen forest was the
setting for many Norwegian folk tales about princesses, kings,
penniless heroes, and the inevitable forest trolls. From this
observation tower in the summer, you can look down on hundreds of
sailboats, motorboats, and windsurfers among the numerous islands of
the Oslo archipelago.
Oslo is made for walking - in fact, you
can walk from the Central Station all the way to the Royal Palace (Slottet) in a straight line. Except for excursions to the
museum-loaded Bygdøy peninsula and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump,
most attractions can be covered on foot. Oslo is not neatly divided
into separate neighborhoods or districts. It consists mainly of central
Oslo, with the Central Station to the east of the city center and the
Royal Palace to the west. Karl Johans Gate, the principal street,
connects these two points. There are almost 50 museums and galleries in
central Oslo, enough to fill many a rainy day. The most interesting
include Akershus Castle, the Historical Museum, and the National
The streets Drammensveien and Frognerveien lead
northwest to Frogner Park (whose main entrance is on Kirkeveien). This
historical area is the site of the Vigeland Sculpture Park, which displays some masterpieces of Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943).
The Old Town (or Gamlebyen) lies south of the Parliament Building
(the Stortinget) and Karl Johans Gate. This section contains some of
the city´s old-fashioned restaurants, along with the Norwegian
Museum and the Old Town Hall.
Aker Brygge is Oslo´s newest
neighborhood. It emerged near the mouth of the Oslofjord in the old
wharf area formerly used for shipbuilding yards. Fueled by oil wealth,
steel-and-glass buildings now rise from what had been a relatively
dilapidated section. Some of the best shops, theaters, restaurants, and
cultural attractions are here, along with apartments for such
The main attractions in eastern Oslo are the
Botanisk Hage (Botanic Garden), the Zoological Museum, and the Munch
Museum in Tøyen.
To the west of Oslo, 4 miles by car but better
reached by car ferry, is the Bygdøy peninsula. There you´ll find such
attractions as the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Viking ships, the polar
ship Fram Museum, and the Kon-Tiki Museum.
neighborhoods lie along the Oslofjord, which stretches more than 60
miles north from the Skagerrak to Oslo, and is filled with basins
dotted with islands. (There are 40 islands in the immediate Oslo
Nearly all visitors want to see Holmenkollen, a
wooded range of hills northwest of the city rising to about 1,740 feet.
You can reach it in 35 minutes by electric train from the city center.
Marka, Oslo´s forest, is a sprawling recreation area that offers
hiking, bicycle riding, skiing, fishing, wild berry picking, jogging
trails, and more. It contains 343 lakes, 310 miles of ski trails, 387
miles of trails and roads, 11 sports chalets, and 24 ski jumps and
Some would be happy to come to Oslo just for the
views of the harborfront city and the Oslofjord. Panoramas are a major
attraction, especially the one from Tryvannstårnet, a 390-foot
observation tower atop 1,900-foot-high Tryvann Hill in the outlying
area. Many other attractions are worthy of your time and exploration,
too. The beautiful surroundings make these sights even more appealing.
city´s reference point is 59° 55"N 10°45"E, as far north as, for
example, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, the northerly part of Kamchatka,
Anchorage in Alaska and Kap Farvel in Greenland. Its area covers 454
km2 (175 sq miles), of which 242 km2 (93 sq miles) are forest, 8 km2 (3
sq miles) parkland and recreational areas, 40 islands and 343 inland
though the city is situated so far north, its climate is temperate in
the autumn and warm in spring and summer. There is usually snow 3 to 5
months of the winter, and skiing conditions are good in the hills
around Oslo between December and April. From May to July the weather
can be quite warm with long periods of sunshine. Drought can also occur
from time to time. This is due to Oslo´s northerIy position, well
protected by the mountains from Atlantic rainfall, and favourable help
from the Gulf Stream. Statistically speaking, Oslo is Scandinavia"s
HOLIDAY, SPORTAND LEISURE
is surrounded by forest and fjord. An important part of the city´s
political tradition is to preserve the fjord and the area surrounding
the city for leisure and outdoor pursuits. Oslomarka is used by
thousands of skiers and hikers all the year round thanks to
restrictions in the urbanization of the city. Some of the major sports
events in Oslo will be the Grete Waitz Race, the Holmenkollen Relay,
Oslo Marathon and the Holmenkollen Ski Festival. Oslo is a ski-eldorado
with over 2,000 km (1250 miles) of prepared ski tracks for
cross-country skiing and many ski lifts for alpine skiing. The tracks
are also used throughout the rest of the year: Bærumsmarka, Nordmarka
and Østmarka are all places where many people meet every weekend.
8th century a settlement was built right at the top of the Oslo Fjord.
This little Norwegian village grew rapidly during Viking times:
agriculture, trade and ship building were important commercial
activities, and Oslo has truly earned its title of "Viking Capital".
Oslo was founded long after the town had been developed by the Vikings.
lt was not until 1048 that Harald Hardråde (half brother of St.Olav -
Norway´s patron saint) discovered that Oslo was a thriving community
with a port and agriculture. The founding of the city took place in the
turbulent period between the Viking Age and Norway´s Catholic Middle
Ages. Many remnants and ruins can be found from Ancient Oslo in the
The city has a fascinating, interesting and
dramatic history. Oslo"s population was substantially reduced during
the time of the Black Death in 1348 which claimed over 50% of the
inhabitants. This epidemic also had political consequences for Norway,
which became reduced to a province of Denmark. During this period
Copenhagen was the actual capital of Norway. Oslo was also greatly
affected by the Lutheran Protestant Reformation of 1537, with religious
conflicts, political separation from the Catholic Church and the
foundation of a Protestant National Church.
Many ruins of
churches and monasteries (forexample the Cistercian Abbey on Hovedøya)
bear witness to this process. Oslo was completely destroyed by fire in
1624, which was purported to have been started deliberately by four
witches. The Renaissance King, Christian IV of Denmark and Norway,
decided to move Oslo from what we today call the Old Town, and rebuild
it under the protective shadow of Akershus Festning (Akershus
Fortress). Following intense renewal and advanced town planning in the
spirit of the Renaissance, a completely new city was created and named
Christiania in 1624.
After l814 Norway was united with Sweden,
and Christiania experienced very strong economic and political growth
with substantial expansion right up until the dissolution of the union
with Sweden and independence in l905. After the celebration of the
300th anniversary of Christiania in 1924, it was decided that the
original name of Oslo was to be re-instated as of January 1925.
PLACE OF INTEREST
The Royal Palace, The Akershus Fortress, Norway´s Resistance Museum, the Prison Museum, the Armed Forces Museum, Holmenkollen, Ski Museum, Aker Brygge, the Opera House in Bjørvika, the Ekebergrestaurant, Oslo Cathedral, the City Hall, the University Building, the Nobel Institute, the Historical Museum, the National Gallery, the National Theatre, the Astrup Fearnly Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Children´s Art Museum, the Ibsen Museum, the Parliamant Building, the Munch Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Vigeland Museum, the Botanic Garden, the Zoological Museum, the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, the Polar Fram Museum, the Kon-Tiki / Ra Museum, the Minibottle gallery, the Henie Onstad Art Center outside Oslo in Sandvika.
MUSEUMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
Norway´s Resistante Museum
Akershus Fortress portrays the dramatic occupation years during the
Second World War. The invasion, resistance efforts and liberation. A
historical, fascinating and important museum.
Norwegian Maritime Museum
to Fram and Kon-Tiki on Bygdøynes, you will find Norwegian Maritime
Museum (Norsk Sjøfartsmuseum), an encyclopaedia of Norwegian maritime
tradition sailing boats old-fashioned ships, hundreds of models of
ships right from Viking times up to the present day slide-shows and
The Kon-Tiki Museum
The adventure museums on the tip of Bygdøynes. Polar and tropical
expeditions that have altered our view of world history. Kon-Tiki is a
world-famous balsa/log raft. In 1947, the young Norwegian scientist Thor Heyerdahl and five comrades sailed it from Callao, Peru, to Raroia, Polynesia (4,300 miles).
Polar Ship "FRAM"
This museum contains the sturdy polar exploration ship Fram, which Fridtjof Nansen sailed across the Arctic (1893-96). The vessel was later used by the famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole (1911).
The Munch Museum
At Tøyen is devoted to the expressionist Edvard Munch,
who used his own feelings - joy, fear, humour and jealousy - in order
to reach a better understanding of life. His work can also be found in
the National Gallery,the University and the City Hall. The Museum often
conserts and special exhibitions.
In 1994 Oslo opened a museum to honor its most famous writer. Henrik lbsen
lived in an apartment within walking distance of the National Theater
from 1895 until his death in 1906. Here he wrote two of his most famous
plays, John Gabriel Borkman and When We Dead Awaken. The museum
curators have tried to re-create the apartment (a longtime exhibit at
the Norwegian Folk Museum) as authentically as possible.
The National Gallery
one with a complere understanding of Norwegian art and consolidates
Norways place in art history Large classical international colection.
Norwegian folk museum
One of Europe´s largest outdoor museums, showing Norwegian traditions
and culture. From all over Norway, 140 original buildings have been
transported and reassembled on 35 acres on the Bygdøy peninsula. This
open-air folk museum, one of the oldest of its kind, includes a number
of medieval buildings.
Inside, the museum´s 225,000 exhibits capture every imaginable facet of
Norwegian life, past and present. Furniture, household utensils,
clothing, woven fabrics, and tapestries are on display, along with fine
examples of rose painting and wood carving. Also look for the
outstanding exhibit on Norway´s Lapp population.
Children´s Art Museum
See the world through children"s eyes in the museum that presents children"s art from 180 countries.
Astrup Fernly Museum
Altemating exhibitions display Norwegian and international paintings from the post-war period until today.
Just outside Oslo at Høvikodden, Sandvika, Norway´s largest collection of international modern art.
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