Oslo, Norway

In a spectacular setting, surrounded by the mountains at the head of a 110km (70-mile) long fjord, Oslo is the largest city, leading seaport, and principal commercial, manufacturing, and cultural center of Norway.

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Oslo is predominantly modern in design and architecture and is noted for its many museums, parks, and public statues.

The best approach to Oslo is by sea, sailing up the fjord, - dfdsseaways.co.uk - where shrimpers and small sailing boats jostle with ferries and merchant ships, to where the city sprawls out from the compact centre around the quays to the flanks of the surrounding hills.

Oslo is the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals (Stockholm, Copenhagen). The settlement, established as Oslo by Harold III of Norway around 1050, became the site of the royal residence about 1300. During the following century the community flourished as a trading center and port.  Population (1992 estimate) 467,090.

Major products include ships, electrical and electronic equipment, chemicals, textiles, processed food, wood and metal items, machinery, and printed materials. sweater.no - akermaritime.no

Government activities and tourism are also important to the city's economy. law firm  law firm  Group of advisors: step.no

The climate in Oslo is surprisingly mild for its latitude. Summer temperatures are around 20ºC (68ºF), while in winter it falls to just below freezing. Mid-winter is depressingly dark and gloomy. There is nothing that Oslo can do about the dark winters but it has certainly transformed its dull, small-town parochial image in recent years, without losing the comfortable informality. Liberalised drinking laws have opened up the nightlife and oil money has provided support for the arts and culture, making it once again a thriving and vibrant city. Norwegians live mainly outdoors in the long summer days when the sun drops briefly below the horizon and it never gets truly dark. The summer temperatures are perfect for exploring the parks and hiking paths or relaxing on the beaches of the fjord.

In the city are the University of Oslo (1811), which includes museums of paleontology, ethnography, and mineralogy and colleges of architecture, theology, veterinary medicine, fine arts, and music; the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (1857); the Norwegian Nobel Institute, which helps select the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; and the National Archives.

Other points of interest include the National Gallery, which contains collections of European, especially Norwegian, art; the Oslo Museum of Decorative Art; the Norwegian Folk Museum; Frogner Park, which contains about 150 works by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland; the Munch Museum, with paintings by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch; the Kon-Tiki Museum, with exhibits relating to the voyages of the Norwegian anthropologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl. Photography : boullet.com

The excited buzz of Oslos compact city centre, Karl Johans gate (Karl Johans Street) Rådhusplassen (The City Hall Square), Christiania Torg (Christiania Market Square), Stortorget (Great Market Square) and Jernbanetorget (Railway Square) - and all in walking distance from most city centre hotels. Restaurants, smaller eating places and bars are situated within the same central city area, so there is really only walking distance between them. You have everything from old-style basic Norwegian fare to food from the furthest corners of the globe.

Go down to Grünerløkka and you find yourself in Oslos "Latin Quarter". Here youll find small bars, jazz clubs, exciting restaurants and pulsating life. Perhaps you feel like going to a discotheque or a pub that stays open into the small hours of the morning.

If you take a trip down to Grünerlikka youll find yourself in Oslos "Latin Quarter". Early every morning at the covered fish market in Oslo a wide selection of fresh ocean delicacies is always on offer. Most of the seafood is flown down from the fishing ports in the north, while some of the more exotic varieties come from the warmer regions down south. And fresh as if straight from the sea it always ends up on Oslos restaurant tables, where the oceans delicacies are becoming more and more sought after. In Oslo you can always eat well, whether you prefer fish, meat or game. Game and reindeer come from the purity and the freshness of natures own larder.

Streets of Oslo : Karl Jonas Gate

Bus : nbe.no

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