Oslo (called Christiania from 1624 to 1878, and Kristiania from 1878 to 1924) is the capital and largest city of Norway. It is also a municipality, and a county of its own.

The Royal Palace

Built in the first half of the 19th century as the Norwegian residence of Norwegian and Swedish king Charles III and is used as the official residence of the present Norwegian Monarch.

Nobel Peace Center


The city of Oslo was established as a municipality on 3 January 1838. It was separated from the county of Akershus as a county of its own in 1842. The rural municipality of Aker was merged with Oslo on 1 January 1948 (and then transferred from Akershus county to Oslo county).


City hall


Dom Kirche, gereja Kristen Luther


Oslo Central Station

The population of the city proper is 548,617 (as of January 1, 2007). The city area extends into the surrounding county of Akershus, its agglomeration totaling 839,423, and its metropolitan area, also referred to as the Greater Oslo region (Stor-Osloregionen) and which extends beyond the city boundaries, has an estimated population of 1,121,020 citizens (2005) and a land area of 6,920 kmē. In the entire Oslo Fjord Region, there is a total population of about 1.7 million. Oslo has a current annual growth exceeding 15,000.


Den Vincent menuju Vigeland Sculpture Park


Vigeland Sparken

The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures, all modeled in full size by Gustav Vigeland. Surrounding the Monolith are 36 groups in granite depicting the cycle of life. Every sculpture includes at least two figures depicting Man in a variety of typical human situations and relationships. The Monolith from granite (17 meters high with 121 figures)


Frogner Park, also known as the Vigeland Sculpture Park by Gustav Vigeland depicting humanity in all its forms.


Gustav Vigeland was born in Mandal, a small coastal town in the south of Norway, in a family of craftsmen and countrymen. As a youth, he was sent to Oslo where he learned to read and carve wood at a local school.
However, the sudden death of his father compelled him to move back to Mandal to help his family. He returned to Oslo in 1888, this time determined to become a professional sculptor. Vigeland spent the years from 1891 to 1896 in several voyages abroad, including Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, and Florence.
In the French capital he frequented Auguste Rodin's workshop, while in Italy he experimented with ancient and Renaissance artworks.
In 1921 the City of Oslo decide to demolish the house where Vigeland lived, and build a library. After a long dispute, Vigeland was granted a new building from the city, where he could work and live: in exchange, he promised to donate to the city all his subsequent works, including sculptures, drawings, engravings, and models.
Vigeland moved to his new studio in Kirkeveien in 1924. It was located in the vicinity of Frogner Park, which he had chosen as the definitive location for his fountain. In the following twenty years Vigeland was devoted to the project of an open exhibition of his works, which later turned into what is universally known as Vigeland Park.


University of Oslo


National Theater


Oslo Opera House completed in 2007 ahead of schedule and under budget! Constructed from Italian marble and white granite, making it appear to rise from the water. It is the largest cultural building built in Norway since the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was completed around 1300 AD.




Trondheim dates back to around 997, when the Viking King Olav Tryggvason decreed that there should be a town at the mouth of the Nidelva river. It was the capital of Norway during the Viking Age until 1217. Most of the medieval city was destroyed by fire and war in the 17th century. Old wooden warehouses line both sides of the Nidelva.


Viking ship museum on Bygdoy Peninsula


View of Oslo harbour from Bygdoy Peninsula


The city centre of Oslo is situated at the end of the Oslofjord from where the city sprawls out both to the north and to the south on both sides of the fjord giving the city area more or less the shape of a "U".






Approaching Flam












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