Visit Oslo - Best of Oslo

The capital and the most populous city in the country of Norway, Oslo is said to be a place where art had its reincarnation, in a much finer and classy way. The resplendent museums and art galleries in the city stand as a proof of its richness. In addition to it, like cherry on the top of a cake, the city is covered in a blanket of lakes, forests and other works of nature making it the next best place to be on your vacation planner.

Founded by King Herald III in 1048 as a trading place, the city of Oslo took about 250 more years to become the capital of Norway. However, it had lost its importance during the Danish – Norwegian union from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries. In 1624, the city was moved a little up west after a fire razed the city to the ground. That was when the city was renamed as Christiana until it was named back as Oslo officially on 1st January 1925.

The city began to focus on tourism during the 1800s itself, when several buildings were constructed, mostly as sightseeing places. In addition to that, the city also takes pride in its medieval churches, cathedrals, historical pastures, farm houses and elegantly-cropped gardens which attracts thousands of tourists.

Today, Oslo is one of the biggest global cities in Europe, with better prospects for tourism as well as living as a citizen in the place. When you plan to visit Oslo, your itinerary planners would be filled with a lot of places to see and activities to do including visits to the museums, trekking, cycling, hiking, skiing and boating.

Further, Oslo is renowned for top class shopping districts, exquisite restaurants, cafés and clubs, and also rich night life varying from indie rock to opera. For a memorable holiday in one of the most expensive cosmopolitans in the world, add Oslo to your trip planners for your next vacation; you won’t be disappointed.

Oslo Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Oslo tips for your visit

  • If you plan your trip around winter or autumn, bring along weather gear that suits to your cold and wet needs, like an umbrella, a jacket and a pair of leather boots.
  • Try and bring some basic medical supplies in case of emergencies.
  • If you want to camp or trek in the city, bring along a rucksack instead of a normal bag.
  • Pack your camera and related equipment, as there are quite a few film shops in Oslo.

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Facts and Stats for Oslo*

  • Pollution Statistics in Oslo

    Know the pollution level of Oslo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 27.38 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 10 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 31.82 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 27.68 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 4.63 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.98 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15.28 (Very Low)
  • Oslo: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Oslo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Oslo.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.41 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40.53 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 36.53 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 29.32 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 27.82 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 38.46 (Low)
    • Attacks 39.06 (Low)
    • Drug offense 59.39 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.74 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 54.65 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.02 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.42 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.53 (Moderate)
  • Living in Oslo - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Oslo is 165.35 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 59.51 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 59.99 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 23.66 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35.65 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 106.34 (High)
    • Health Care Index 74.51 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.99 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 102.54 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Oslo

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Oslo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15.74 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 47.25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 120.47 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 111.18 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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