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Top 7 Interesting Facts about Oslo

Bronze Tiger in city center
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bronze Tiger in city center

Welcome to Oslo, one of the smallest European capitals. Norway’s main city is surrounded by beautiful Nordic nature, making it a perfect place to live or spend your holiday. Besides natural wonders, this city has many sites popular amongst tourists. In order to make your journey more interesting, here we offer you 7 facts about the Norwegian capital.

1. There is not one point in Olso from where you wouldn’t be able to reach a park or a green area in more than 15 minutes by foot.

Oslo
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Oslo

2. In the Norwegian capital pan-handling and vagrancy are not outlawed or punishable by law. One can easily ask for cash in the central square or on a bus.

3. The most popular boys’ name in Oslo is Mohammed, which may come as a surprise. Such a trend is due to a vast immigrant community.

4. More than half of the city’s territory – 242 sq. km. – is covered by forests.

Oslo
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Oslo

5. At first glance the locals of Oslo, as all Norwegians, might seem rude and impolite, but that’s a false impression. In Norwegian culture it is not considered impolite not to smile back or not to apologize after you sneeze or bump into someone.

6. Oslo, as well as other Norwegians cities, has its own dialect. As many as 100 dialects of Norwegian are spoken in the country. Foreigners who try to learn the basics of Norwegian might have a tough time in different parts of the country. Sometimes you get the feeling that every city and village has its own dialect, if not an entire unique language.

Norwegian Constitution Day
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Norwegian Constitution Day

7. Oslo city law prohibits the hitting of children. It is also forbidden to threaten kids or shout at them. This is why, when visiting the city, you should be careful while calming your offspring’s tantrums caused by an ice-cream cone or a new toy plane, as the law applies to tourists as well.

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