Oslo

Welcome to Oslo

Relaxed, sophisticated and friendly, Oslo offers an invigorating mix of world-class culture, stunning scenery and vibrant nightlife. It's one of Europe's safest cities - and probably its most expensive.

Norway's capital is unique in combining the best of urban life with bracing outdoor activities. It's the gateway to island hopping across the Oslo Fjord and just a short tram ride away from pristine forests and snow covered mountains. Oslo is a forward-looking city with some striking modern architecture, but its long and colourful history is ever-present – in the castle, cathedral, museums and frequent reminders of the capital's Viking origins.

Despite being one of Europe's fastest-growing cities, most of Oslo's attractions are within walking distance of the centre, while public transport is efficient and reliable. A weekend could see you coming face-to-face with 'The Scream' at the Munch Museum, exploring designer boutiques in the Frogner district or taking a stroll in a perfectly manicured park before sampling the nightlife in Grünerløkka, the former industrial area now famous for its clubs and bars.

In summer Oslo comes alive: Osloites fill the rooftop and courtyard bars, chatting and drinking until sunset. But Oslo is arguably at its most charming in winter, when the city and its surrounding scenery are veiled in snow and the nearby ski parks attract thousands of winter sports enthusiasts.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in Norway:
    4.8 million
  • Inhabitants in Oslo:
    600,000
  • Official language
    Norwegian
  • Currency
    Norwegian kroner (NOK)
  • Time zone
    Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1 hour
  • Emergency number
    110 - Fire, 112 - Police, 911 - Police (only from cellular phones), 113 - Ambulance, 120 - Emergency at open sea
  • Constitution
    Constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy
  • Country phone code
    +47
  • Country code
    NO
  • Local transportation
    Bus, tram, subway (T-bane), train, bike