Oslo is the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals, and its history goes back 1000 years, to the time when the first settlements were built at the inlet of the Oslo fjord. The capital of Norway is also its largest city. Oslo has over 600,000 inhabitants and covers 454 square kilometres, 242 of which are forests.
The capital is the seat of the Norwegian Government and the Norwegian Parliament, and the home of Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja, The Royal Palace , is located at the end of Oslo's main street, Karl Johans gate.
If you need at timeout from the congress, visit cultural institutions such as
- The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
- The Astrup Fearnley Museum
- The Norwegian Opera and Ballet.
Location, geography and climate
Oslo is located innermost in the 100-kilometre-long Oslofjord, which is home to 40 islands. Over half of the municipality of Oslo is covered by forests and parks, making Oslo a trulygreen city.
Oslo’s climate is milder than its latitude might indicate. Summer temperatures often equal those of cities much further south, yet the winters are cold enough to make Oslo a great skiing destination.
To find out more about Oslo, please check out some of the following web-sites:
- VisitOSLO A/S (The official travel guide to Norway)
- Tourist information on Oslo
- Information about Norway
If you have time off, and want to learn more about Oslo, the Oslo Guide Bureau invite you to two interesting tours exclusive arranged for the EAWOP congress. The first is a guided walk to historical and central attractions in the city of Oslo. The other is a tour by coach, where you will see the main sights of the city, but also the Viking ships, the Vigeland sculpture park and the famous Holmenkollen Ski Arena.
Read more about and book the tours.