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Only Oslo, Norway


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Oslo, the capital of Norway, is the largest city of Norway but is of course, in the global scale of things, almost a village. However, this pleasant "little big city" still has a soul of its own and a vibrance when you know where to go. It takes a perceptive eye to notice the small details and the beauty of this city which is home to 630,000 inhabitants (with around 950,000 in the total urban area). Oslo also has an industrial past, from the beginnings of industrialization in Norway - but most of this is today renovated or put to different use. It is a city that has a fairly dense urban center that has grown organically and somewhat "jumbled" in places - centered in the "bottom" of an amphiteatre-like landscape surrounded by hills. The very city center does have places that seem dense and lacking of greenery, but as soon as one moves slightly outside the central downtown, there's actually quite abundant parks and greenery, and still 2/3s of the municipality is protected forested areas (with limited forestry and agriculture).

Oslo has been growing steadily since the last half of the 90s and still has a strong growth (for Scandinavia). The city is also opening up it's waterfront, which before the late 80s was mostly a harbor- and road/transport area.

As a start of presenting Oslo, the capital of Norway, I will repost all the Oslo posts in the thread "Urban life in Norway."

ABOUT OSLO IN BRIEF(source: wikipedia)
Population (2013/14)
- City/Municipality______-634,463 (Jan 2014)
- Urban______________-951,581 (Jan 2013)
- Metro_____________1,502,604 (Apr 2013)

- Oslo is reckoned to be roughly 1000 years old. After removal of capital status, the middle ages, and the black plague, Oslo was reduced significantly in importance for a long time (also, other cities such as Bergen and Trondheim passed it while Oslo stagnated, and they were actually for quite a while, more important), thus it took us until 1804-1805 to pass 10,000 population. 90 years later, in 1900, Oslo had expanded to a town of 228,000. Under our nordic circumstances, a very strong growth.
- Oslo is one of the worlds most expensive cities, usually competing with London and Tokyo
- Oslo is an important center of maritime knowledge in Europe and is home to approximately 980 companies and 8,500 employees within the maritime sector
- Part of this maritime legacy is the DNV (Now, DNV GL) (Norwegian Veritas - wiki) classification society which is one of the three major companies globally in the classification society business along with Lloyd's Register and American Bureau of Shipping. DNV GL has 300 offices in 100 countries, with 8400 employees. I can't find the exact numbers, but have previously heard that DNV GL classifies (register) roughly 17% of the total world fleet.
- Telenor, Norway’s largest ICT-company, with head office located at Fornebu, just outside Oslo is emerging as one of the fastest growing providers of mobile communications services worldwide. It is currently ranked as the sixth largest mobile phone operator in the world, with more than 165 million subscribers. At year-end 2012, Telenor held controlling interests in mobile operations in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Serbia, Hungary, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Telenor also holds minority interests in mobile operations in Russia. Norway also had a significant part in first developing the old NMT 450 mobile network standard, and later the hugely successful GSM standard which is still in use on a global level.
- Oslo is also, as mentioned, one of the greenest capitals of Europe, with a very large outdoors area (bigger than the urban zone itself) actually available by taking the Oslo metro/"T-bane." This area consists of forests, lakes, small rivers and creeks, and hills. Also the downhill center "Tryvann" was considerably upgraded a few years ago and now offers quality downhill skiing/slalom/snowboard easily available even from the city center (winter).
- Like in the other Scandinavian countries, the capital is the biggest melting pot in the country. Around 28-30% of Oslo's population has a immigrant background. And more than 50 children schools has more than 50% with a foreign background. There has been considerable debate about this situation in the media and it is already a 'hot topic' similar to other European cities, even if we don't have as extreme segregation and poverty as many other cities struggle with.
- There's an estimated 5000 concerts in Oslo per year.


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All who have nice pictures of Oslo, or find some, can post. Just keep it civil, don't post 100 pics in one post and don't megaquote! Thanks!
 

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(From GSAA's thread "Urban life in Norway")
Oslo

With 610.000 inhabitants in the city and 1,5 million in the metro region, the Oslo area is home to almost one third of the country's population.

Karl Johan's Street - Oslo's and Norways main street. The yellowish building is the royal palace. Photo is from our 17th of May constitutional and national day.


Aker Brygge, Oslo's magnificent boardwalk (converted from old shipyard) located a few minutes by foot from Karl Johans Gate.


The famous Vigeland Park.


A multi-million dollar villa in the upper-class district of Frogner.


Tøyen, an area with a large immigrant population. Over 25% of Oslo's inhabitants are foreigners.


This is from Grønland, a small neighborhood which is practically the same thing as Tøyen only closer to
the city center (Tøyen and Grønland are next to each other and without a clear border between) .



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A quite typical street in the borough, Majorstuen (inner west side of Oslo, west side is the more upper class part of the city).


A shopping street in the borough Grünerløkka, which lies in the inner east part of Oslo.
It has gotten a reputation as Oslos equivalent of Greenwich Village, or maybe Soho in London.


One more from the borough Grünerløkka.
Restaurants close to the small park/square Olaf Ryes plass.


B&W image of Karl Johans gate, Oslos parade street. Seen from in front of the Royal castle.
To the right of the picture, Norway's cute little parliament building, Stortinget, can be seen.


B&W again, alley with shops in central Oslo.


Very nice overview and night shot of some of the densest areas of Oslo outside the city center.
This is from the eastern parts of town.

And to finish off, a great overview picture of Oslo that amazed me when I saw it here on SSC.

This picture shows mostly parts of the west side of Oslo, so actually, the most densely urbanized areas in the eastern
and north-eastern directions are not visible here (and not our two tallest buildings, Oslo Plaza and Post building either)...

This is just a few of so many picture worthy things in my city : ) : )

Sources: Several are Flickr, a few are from various sources.
 

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Oslo: street life

Okay not to take over your thread GSAA, but I figured that my post on Oslo wasn't too good when it comes to displaying our "urban life" like in the thread's name - so here's a few photos to make up for that:

(Flickr is source for almost all of them)

1 (Flickr photo: regenfeld)


2 (regenfeld)


3 (regenfeld)


4 (Árni Svanur)


5 (olli Vasse Bery (c))


6 (olli Vasse Bery (c))


7 (stigkk)


8 (olli Vasse Bery (c))


9 (hidumpling)
No collection of Oslo-photos is complete without at least one photo of Karl Johan street - our main parade and pedestrian street.


10 (unknown)
One of the real old streets in Oslo, this one goes by the name Damstredet.


Hope someone got some enjoyment out of these... :D
Western part of central Oslo:
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Map of Oslo's "subway" system (most of it is in open air except centrally):
In Norway we call subway "T-bane" similar to Sweden "Tunnelbana" but some now want to change its name to "metro" - anything to sound important :D



Map of all railbound systems in Oslo
Many-colored are subway/T-bane lines
Grey lines are the local trains
Blue lines is the tram system
Park life in Oslo, Sofienbergparken
(taken by UrbanLife, you can find the picture in this Oslo thread in N&B forums - scroll down that page to see the photo)
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Oslo Central Station / "Railway square" (Jernbanetorget) part 1

The most central square of Oslo and its surroundings, May 2010. Photoseries.

By e_ht12 on flickr.









 

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Oslo Central Station / "Railway square" (Jernbanetorget) part 2



The clock tower (NSB is the Norwegian national rail operator)


Trafikanten ticket and travel service 1


Trafikanten ticket and travel service 2


View up Oslo main street, Karl Johan, from the railway square


 

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Oslo Central Station / "Railway square" (Jernbanetorget) part 3

The old railway station, today a shopping area connected to the new main hall


The tiger. A nickname for Oslo is "Tigerstaden" which could be translated "Tigerville," coined by national poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson - the nickname was meant to describe Oslo as a dangerous and unruly big city


South side of the railway station, looking towards Hotel Opera


Hotel Opera again, new angle


Looking back at the railway square from the same position as above


The "theatre boat" MS Innvik
 

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Oslo Central Station / "Railway square" (Jernbanetorget) part 4

.. And time for approaching what must be considered the "jewel" of the area, the Oslo Opera House (the surroundings are still waiting to be rebuilt)




Stairs going up to the "new" Central Station






The Central Station entrance itself - yes it's not too pretty, it was built around '79/'80 or something, a new complex is currently being planned
 

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Oslo Central Station / "Railway square" (Jernbanetorget) part 5



Square on top of stairs (note that this area is sort of "waiting for an upgrade")


Byporten shopping mall & hotel


Byporten restaurant Egon


Byporten restaurant Egon 2


Byporten restaurant Egon 3


Looking through north part of Railway Square towards Oslo Plaza HDR

(this shot by Gunnar Bangsmoen)

Close to the same motif as above, but at night and maybe a bit more stylish photo

(this shot by Geir Halvorsen)

One note: I believe these shots for the most part were not taken at the busiest times of day.
 

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Picture by me from earlier today (June 1st), in Sagene, Oslo. Finally summer is hitting that high note!

Oslo
This is the beautiful interior of the Oslo city hall, where they present the Nobel Peace Prize.
Oslo city hall, started 1930 and completed 1950, where the Peace Prize award ceremony takes place:

From the waterfront (the "monumental" entrance is on backside).


Some of the "monumental" backside entrance. The clock is a bit special and has a functional astrological clockwork in it.


The clock.


The building may look a little brownish and boring from a distance, but it has quite nice, and unique, decorations and details on it.








Woodcarvings on each side of the "monumental" entrance.


"Warning of Ragnarok" (Ragnarok=judgment day) woodcarving.








(All comments appreciated by the way, so thanks alot to the commenters above! :cheers:)
 
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