With its population of around 550,000, Oslo is one of the smallest capitals in Europe and is flanked by nature on almost all sides. The city's public transportation system is convenient, with buses, trams, a subway system, trains and ferries. This extensive network will take you all around town, into the wilderness or out to one of the islands of the inner Oslofjord, all in less than 20 minutes. City Center & Karl Johans Gate
All your transport and information needs can be met right in the city center, where you can easily access much of the city's history and metropolitan life once you are situated. The city's transport hub is Oslo Sentralstasjon/NSB (Oslo Central Station)....
Interesting Facts About Oslo:
- Long-distance fact: It's as far from Oslo to Arctic Kirkenes as from Oslo to Rome.
- Fun fact: National day is celebrated with children's parades everywhere. Wherever in the world two or more Norwegians gather, there will be a 17 May parade.
- Random fact: Nowhere in Oslo is more than 15 minutes from wild nature.
- Interesting fact: Visitors are often surprised at the many beggars. Begging is not illegal and many are migrant Eastern Europeans. Since the EU enlargement, begging is an international business.
- Weird fact: Noticed all the blond waiters speaking a different language? They're Swedish. Low unemployment and high wages lure our neighbours across the border in droves.
- Interesting fact: The UN has just ranked Norway as the world's best place to live. Again.
- Fun fact: Oslo used to be very homogeneous. Today, the most popular newborn boys' name is Mohammad.
- Impolite fact: There's no word for "please" in Norwegian.
- Baby fact: Having a child gives the right to 46 weeks leave with 100 % pay. Dad must take his share, at least 10 weeks (about to increase).
- Political fact: Norway has been invited to join the EU, but the people have voted no. Twice.
- Natural fact: A popular saying goes: Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær - there's no bad weather, only bad clothes. (Sounds much better in Norwegian, we promise – rhymes and everything). Another popular phrase is ut på tur, aldri sur, (you're never in a bad mood when you're out hiking).
- Kiddie fact: Spanking children is illegal, so parents must use their words. But not in a threatening, intimidating or demeaning way – that's also illegal.
- The Norwegian Government Pension fund is Europe's largest. The strict ethical guidelines have prompted exclusion of several companies, including Wal-Mart, Boeing, Phillip Morris and Honeywell.
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Along with population growth, urban sprawl has come to Oslo. But Oslo still manages, in spite of its growing numbers, to have more green belts than any other European capital. There are still virgin forests in Oslo and hundreds of hiking trails that lead you to fjords or mountains.
No slouch in the cultural department, either, Oslo has some of the greatest museums in all of northern Europe. The only problem is that Oslo...
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