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The capital of Norway

The capital of Norway, is situated at the head of Oslo Fjord surrounded by forested ridges and is both a municipality and a county. Oslo has a population of five hundred thousand, which is relatively low compared to most European capitals. However, it is paradoxically one of the largest in terms of area. Oslo covers more than 450 square kilometres, most of which comprises forests and arable land.

The city’s many astonishing features are unusual for a European capital. The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants almost unparalleled in Scandinavia. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink only a stone’s throw from the National Theatre and the University. Oslo City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks Oslo Fjord filled with moored pleasure craft, shrimp trawlers, cruise ships, charter boats and ferries to all the islands.

Oslo is considered to be one of the most leading shipping cities in the world. During peak season, many cruise ships dock at the quays that are still within walking distance of the city centre. It is only a ten-minute drive from these same quays to splendid bathing beaches with clean water.

Facts about Oslo
Municipality of Oslo, total area: 454 km2 (175 sq. mi.) Population: 550.000 (Norway approx. 4.5 mill.)
Forest area: 242 km2 (93 sq. mi.)
Parks, sports arenas etc: 8 km2 (3 sq. mi.)
Number of islands in the Oslo Fjord :40
Number of lakes within the city limits: 343
Length of the Oslo Fjord: 100 km (62 mi.)
Political system in Norway: Parliamentary democracy, Kingdom

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Culture and art
A widely varied cultural life flourishes in Oslo. Would you like to experience some of the city’s many attractions and sights of interest? Are you interested in architecture, music, dance, sports or literature? Or perhaps you are content to sit at a sidewalk café and take in the impressions of the city and its people? Oslo has something for every taste.

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Oslo offers some 50 museums and many art galleries. Amongst the internationally known attractions are: the Vigeland Sculpture Park (see picture), the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Holmenkollen.

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Oslo by night
Oslo's nightlife is anything but boring. There are countless bars, cafés and nightclubs to choose from and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting. Oslo's party animals quickly pick up new trends or make their own, and the places to go, to see and be seen, change from one week to the next.

Many live DJ's from all over the world help keep the action and mood going in the city's bars and nightclubs, and there are also a large number of places that offer live concerts, especially on weekends. Oslo also has a very reputable jazz scene.

Most bars and nightclubs are open until around 3 am. Many cafés and bars that serve food during the day, transform their image around nine-ten at night. They become more of a nightclub, serving drinks and have DJ's playing music, making it difficult to distinguish bars, cafés, pubs and restaurants from each other.
Also, in some places, you have to pay a cover-charge in the evenings, especially on weekends.

All restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Norway are smoke-free indoors, but many have outdoor tables during summer, and in the winter many places have outdoor heaters and some kind of protection from the cold weather for smokers.

What’s on in Oslo?
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The Oslo Pass
The easiest and most inexpensive way to experience Oslo!
The Oslo Pass provides free travel on all public transport, free admission to museums and sights, free parking in all Oslo municipal car parks, discounts on car hire, ice skate hire, Tusenfryd Amusement Park etc.
Experience Oslo at its best!

Please note that the Oslo Pass is not accepted on night buses.

To be valid, the pass has to be stamped with date and time the first time you use it. From that point on, it is valid for the number of hours indicated on it, either 24, 48 or 72 hours. Along with the Oslo Pass, you will receive a booklet, describing all the benefits for Oslo Pass-holders.

Prices (per adult):
24 hours Nok 195
48 hours Nok 285
72 hours Nok 375

For more information on the different services, timetables etc please visit “Trafikanten”, the information centre at Jernbanetorget. You may also call 177 (in Norway only) or (+47) 815 00 176, or visit Free entrance to Museums and discount on Sightseeing tours.

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MAP OF OSLO (click here)