It’s time for another edition of 10 things you might not know, with Oslo being today’s focus! Although my mom and I had a short visit to the city back in December, we were able to pack quite a lot in and learned SO much about Oslo’s history and culture. And believe me when I say, there’s a lot of it!
Here are 10 things you might not know about Oslo.
- The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held in Oslo’s City Hall every December.
- Oslo’s nickname is “The Tiger City,” and they have a large tiger statue at Jernbanetorget (Railway Square), just outside of the central train station.
- Since 1947, Oslo has given London its Christmas tree for Trafalgar Square as a thank you for its support during WWII.
- The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo is home to 3 Viking ships that are fully in tact and over 1,000 years old.
- The band A-ha (who sing the very catchy “Take On Me”) formed in Oslo in 1982.
- Oslo is considered “South Norway,” and is the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska and Saint Petersburg, Russia.
- In 2013, Oslo was named the most expensive city in the world.
- The Royal Palace is located at the end of Karl Johans Gate, which is essentially Oslo’s “Main Street.”
- All education is free – including college!
- Most shops are closed on Sundays in Oslo (with the exception of souvenir shops).