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Hi, I'm Hilde a 33 year old girl/woman, a special education need teacher and I'm a third generation Oslo girl. I´m working for the Red Cross in Norway. That´s my short introduction. I´m a straight to the point person, and this is the content:

I want to show you my city Oslo, the capital of Norway

I’m very interested in sociology, psychology and linguistics, in my local customs there is a lot of information about the Oslo people and our culture, our language and a Norwegian course with sound files.

Oslo is an expensive town, it doesn´t mean that you´ll get ruined but you need to stay away form the most expensive places and plan your trip carefully.

In my general tips, there´s a list of
Things to eat and do if you’re here on a Oslo on a ---budget.

Other tips include :

things to do if you want to mix with the locals

*A lot of the beaten path tips

living i Oslo

job search.

Housing in Oslo

family vacation tips

*Exploring Oslo by walking

The history of Oslo

The first settlement in Oslo started around 1000 years ago and was situated in that area which we nowadays call Gamlebyen (old town.)

According to Snorre Sturlason, Harald Hardråde raised a trade area which had its constitution around 1048. The town was an economical and religious center with plenty of churches and monasteries and the king fortress Akershus. When the big pest came to Norway there was a period of decline and the city was exposed to many fires.

After the big fire in 1624 the city was rebuilt and was called Christiania until 1924.

Until the 1900 century our most important industry branch was trade. Around 1850 the industry in the city really had its flourishment Clothes, soaps and paper fabrics were built around the Aker river. The number of inhabitants increased during the industrial time. In 1910 the population decreased and people started moving to the suburb township Aker. In 1948 Oslo and Aker were conjoined. Our Township is now called Oslo og Akershus . And around 1950 new townships arised.

Vigelandsparken

A MUST for all tourists

also called Frognerparken

Visit this park and see the marvelous sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:our citylife, outdoor experiences, friendly people, no crime
  • Cons:expensive town
  • In a nutshell:anything but boring
  • Last visit to Oslo: Aug 2011
  • Intro Updated Jul 6, 2014
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  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Cute and informative page on Oslo. We will be visiting in early June. Best, Karl

  • DaHongHua's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Hi Hilde, received your reply to my birthday greet, its my pressure. Read your introduction on your homecity OSLO, I emjoy reading but I can not finish the reviews ( so many ) in a short while, will follow up later, thanks.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Hi Hilde. It´s me again, reading your excellent tips :) We are coming over on the 7th. And I see that there is a lot to do and see, I especially liked Grunerlökka, must go there.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Hello, Hilde! Thanks for your valuable tips, especially about customs... But your link to your singing does not work on my computer....

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Well you have some good work here and members have rated you. Congrtas

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    I hope to go there one day!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    I think you have covered Oslo well. Thanks for the information!

  • Paris92's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Phenomenal pages!!! They really make me want to see Oslo! You truly deserved your Barney nomination!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Great page and Tips I think the little girl is pleading with the man in the statue not to harm the babies. I disliked the statue when I saw it and so did our Guide!Shoes off - we do it here too specially in winter!

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    Hi Hilde Great page! It's over 25 years since I visited the Vigeland sculpture park, and I still think it's close to the top of my favourite places! Looking forward to reading more. regards Cathy

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