Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway. It has close to 700000 inhabitants and over 1 million in its urban area. It is located in southern Norway at the end of the Oslofjord, a long bay about 60km away from the open sea.
Oslo was founded around 1000 AD and first became the capital of Norway at the end of the 13th century during the reign of king Haakon V. Oslo was destroyed several times by fire and finally rebuilt in 1624. In 1924 the city was renamed from Kristiania to Oslo.
Compared to other cities in Norway, Oslo feels like a huge and busy place. It doesn't have the flavour and atmosphere of the typical Norwegian city, which is much smaller, centered around a bay in a scenic environment. There is no clearly identifiable ancient, medieval core with for instance old buildings and cobblestone streets. The centre of Oslo is dominated by large buildings in neoclassical style and large, wide streets.
The waterfront area between the opera and Tjuvholment has been redeveloped in recent years and is now quite modern and fresh. Oslo has a number of interesting museums and pleasant parks.
Around the royal palace photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Around the royal palace
City centre photo gallery  - 32 pictures of City centre
Frogner park photo gallery  - 29 pictures of Frogner park
17 photos of the royal palace, the residence of the Norwegian king in Oslo
32 photos of the centre of Oslo
29 photos of the Frogner park, the largest park in Oslo with a unique collection of statues
Tjuvholmen and Aker Brygge photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Tjuvholmen and Aker Brygge
Oslofjord photo gallery  - 29 pictures of Oslofjord
Viking ship museum photo gallery  - 18 pictures of Viking ship museum
19 photos of Tjuvholmen and Aker Brygge, recently developed waterfront areas in the west of Oslo
29 photos of the waterfront area south of the centre of Oslo
18 photos of the Viking ship museum in Bygdøy, which houses the Oseberg Viking ship
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
13 miscellaneous photos of Oslo
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