Let there be light
Midsummer - when Scandinavians celebrate the longest days of the year - that’s when life in the Norwegian capital is at its best. Yet Oslo is, in fact, one of the world’s most livable cities all year round.
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It is peaceful in Oslo. The Friday afternoon traffic has slowed to a trickle and the stores on Karl Johans Gate, the main shopping street, are closing. But at Deli de Luca on the corner,
young people are stocking up for the evening hours with sandwiches, pastries and sushi. Nobody leaves without coffee because the night ahead will be long. Very long.
In mid-June, just before the summer solstice, an enchanted glow hangs over Oslo. The light is intoxicating. The sky is a deep gray-blue canopy until far into the evening and only
Nobel Peace Prize and historic harbour district
The new opera house, completed as recently as 2008, is the biggest classical concert venue in Norway. Designed by the architects’ office Snøhetta, the snow-white building recalls a glacier - an allusion to Norway’s scenery.
Every year on December 10, the eyes of the world turn to Oslo and the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony. The Nobel Peace Center hosts a year-round exhibition on the history of the Nobel Prize as well as regular readings.
The historical facades of Aker Brygge, the former shipbuilding district, create an exhilarating and attractive setting for city life. In fact, bustling Aker Brygge with its many shops, its restaurants and cafés, theaters and cinemas, is the heart and soul of the new Oslo.
Oslo & the water: fjords and the Akersnes promontory
Osloans have a fantastic water sports area on their doorstop: Olso Fjord. Oslo stands at the farthest end of the 100-kilometer fjord, the banks of which are relatively densely populated. Some 40 percent of the Norwegians live near it
The ancient castle on Akersnes peninsula once defended Akershus against invasion. Although the more than 700-year-old Akernoch stronghold is still in military use as the Norwegian Defense Ministry’s headquarters, it is - in typical Scandinavian style - nevertheless open to the public
Grünerløkka, the former workers’ district now inhabited by a colorful mix of bohemians and immigrants, is today one of Oslo’s most vibrant and laid-back neighborhoods, popular with businesspeople and punks alike
Pictures: Nancy Bundt/ Gunnar Strøm/VisitOslo