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Old September 18th, 2011, 04:02 PM   #21
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Nice city, looks very calm and comfortable.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 07:44 PM   #22
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Thanks for the comment!


40. The district along Akersevla (Oslos main river running through the eastern part of the city) is mostly dominated by old warehouses, mills and other old industrial buildings from the 19th century. The area picture bellow is the the lower part along this river where old warehouses meets Norways two highest buildings. This create a streetscape unheard of elsewhere in the Nordics.




41. Another old commercial building. This time with a design by Norwegian Herman Major Backer.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 01:13 PM   #23
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Old September 19th, 2011, 03:16 PM   #24
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I love Oslo! Is it true that bad weather comes relatively early (end of august, september, 15C?)
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Old September 19th, 2011, 03:49 PM   #25
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Thanks, and yes you are probably right. It starts getting colder and more rainy around these times, but you have to wait until late December/early January to experience proper coldness and snow though.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #26
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Oslo looks very 'civilised' - human scale. What is the population?

We are always told, here in Britain, that Scandanavian countries have a much better standard of living, are more equitable and more socially mobile. Is this true?

Is there much poverty in Oslo?
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Old September 19th, 2011, 06:08 PM   #27
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Oslo looks very 'civilised' - human scale. What is the population?
The citys population is 600,000, urban population around 900,000 and the metro is around 1,400,000. They all grow rapidly though which in turn have given us a massive housing shortage in central areas. Hence why there are so many projects going on in the city.

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We are always told, here in Britain, that Scandanavian countries have a much better standard of living, are more equitable and more socially mobile. Is this true?
Generally I guess it is, although I think Oslo may lie slightly below the Scandanavian average here.
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Is there much poverty in Oslo?
There are some problems with beggars coming from other parts of Europe to beg in our streets and the city don't really know what to do with them. There are also some drug addicts hanging out around the central station (which in turn have given the city a very bad image).
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Old September 19th, 2011, 06:24 PM   #28
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Thanks for your swift response.

So, no 'social housing' estates?
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Old September 20th, 2011, 02:27 AM   #29
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Thanks for your swift response.

So, no 'social housing' estates?
There are social housings here like all other places. In fact I think the municipalities are required by law to have social housing available for the needing. The biggest difference between social housing and normal, free market housing is usually the architecture and that most of them are placed on the east side of the city (picture 40 is from the east side btw). I haven't noticed any difference in crime rates and the likes around them though.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 02:47 AM   #30
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43. Backergården/ The Backer Building. Another one of Oslos many commercial buildings dating from the turn of the 19th century. This one dates from 1895. Like Tostrupgården in 8, there is a clearly American theme to the building with inspiration from the Chicago school. Architect behind the building was Norwegian Herman Major Backer.



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46. Translated: "Tradesman P.Backer building. Built between 1894 and 1895 in Kristiania (Oslos old name). Architect Herman M.Backer."
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Old September 20th, 2011, 02:51 AM   #31
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Some very nice facades and interesting buildings...thanks for the pics ...and get ready for the cold
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Old September 20th, 2011, 02:56 AM   #32
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Some very nice facades and interesting buildings...thanks for the pics ...and get ready for the cold
Thanks back at you for taken your time to look at them! And I really don't mind the coldness that much. What I hate is rain/wetness.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 02:23 PM   #33
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47. Oslo Cathedral. Actually one of the least impressive historic buildings in the city. It was built on a shoestring budget in 1649 after our once impressive cathedral from the around 1100 burned down. The building with the "Dobloug" logo have sadly been simplified compared to how it originally was built - here is picture of building pre-simplifying.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #34
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Beautiful city! Thanks for sharing! I really like the Opera House!
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Galro, another strange weather-question from me:

What is the winter like in Oslo compared to Helsinki?
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Beautiful city! Thanks for sharing! I really like the Opera House!
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Galro, another strange weather-question from me:

What is the winter like in Oslo compared to Helsinki?
I have never been to Helsinki in the winter to be honest, but Wikipedia says that the city experience a average temperature of -5c with a few days around -20c. That sounds spot on as far as Oslo goes too. I do think we may experience more snow though as we are farther away from the open ocean. And our summers appears to be warmer (again according to Wikipedia).

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Old September 20th, 2011, 09:17 PM   #37
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48. The city is quite green. At least if you take a walk outside of the absolute most central areas. Too green form my taste. Countless 19th century buildings lie below me, yet the only thing you can see is a green forest ... And Ila School.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 10:29 AM   #38
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I have never been to Helsinki in the winter to be honest, but Wikipedia says that the city experience a average temperature of -5c with a few days around -20c. That sounds spot on as far as Oslo goes too. I do think we may experience more snow though as we are farther away from the open ocean. And our summers appears to be warmer (again according to Wikipedia).
Thanks a lot! I actually love when temperature is so low that snow doesn't melt. In Budapest, we experience snow coming and going every four days. So, every night is a december, and every noon is a march.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 09:56 PM   #39
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the city is neat and indeed awesome at street level.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 03:34 PM   #40
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49. Lower Karl Johans Gate.
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