One of the world's biggest football clubs will play in Oslo as part of their preparations for the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. Manchester United will play Vålerenga at the Ullevaal Stadium on Sunday 30 July as part of the British club's pre-season tour. The Premier League announced the fixture at a press conference last week. The game, which will be one of United's last before the new … [Read more...]
Living in Oslo
Norway's capital is the most international of all the Norwegian cities.
As the country's capital, Oslo is the first choice for many new arrivals. It's by far the most internationalised city in Norway. Of Oslo's population of more than 650,000, around 160,000 are immigrants with almost 50,000 Norwegian-born to immigrant parents. To serve this growing international community, many employers especially in retail, hospitality and food, actively seek out speakers of other languages.
Travel Guide: Oslo on a Budget
You'll discover the best free attractions, the best value places to eat, how to save money on transport, and budget alternatives to hotels.
Fully updated and expanded for 2017!
The city of Oslo has started a consultation about the city's development goals through to 2040. Residents of Oslo are encouraged to have their say in a consultation on the city of Oslo's future. A public meeting is to be held on 9 May from 11am to 3pm at the City Hall. The draft municipal plan will be presented and all city councillors will be present and available for a chat. Further … [Read more...]
Find an English-speaking lawyer, solicitor or attorney in Oslo. Navigating the Norwegian legal system can be intimidating for a foreigner, no matter how good your language skills. Newcomers can often be in need of legal help in Oslo for anything from immigration issues to employment law. It's important to hire a legal professional that specialises in the area of law you require. Some specific … [Read more...]
Busy Oslo families order food boxes from NettMat to save time and eat healthily. Nettmat.no deliver food boxes packed with local produce from the Rogaland region to thousands of customers in and around Oslo - as well as other Norwegian cities. Their goal is to provide Norway's busy population with a healthy, varied diet. There are five different menus on offer and most recipes take less than … [Read more...]
Join me on a photo tour around one of Oslo's most popular neighbourhoods. A short walk from the city centre to the east of the river is the inner city suburb of Grunerløkka, home to many cafés, restaurants, bars and boutiques in amongst remnants of Oslo's industrial history. Many expats call the area home, and many more spend their leisure time here. To reach Grünerløkka, simply walk 15 minutes … [Read more...]
A great opportunity has come up in my work, where I need to travel to China for a couple days. Despite all the travel I've done over the past few years, the furthest east I've been is Qatar so it's also going to be my first trip to East Asia. Another first for me is the requirement to obtain a visa before I travel, which is not as straightforward as you might think. Since 2012, the Chinese … [Read more...]
By 2021, the journey time from the town of Ski in Oslo's commuter belt into the city centre will be halved to just 11 minutes. The Follo line is Norway's largest transport project in recent history and will include the construction of the longest railway tunnel in the Nordic countries, and Norway's first twin-tube tunnel. Significant works have to take place on the approach to Oslo Central … [Read more...]
Construction of the long-awaited new American Embassy in Oslo is well underway and is due to be completed by the end of the year. The new Embassy project has been discussed for years, as the current location close to Oslo's city centre is cramped and far from ideal from a security perspective. Any security threats made against the Embassy can have a knock-on effect on local residents and … [Read more...]
Get ready T-Bane users for some big changes to the network this weekend. Some trains will follow different routes, some lines are being renumbered and of course, timetables will change. All change, ladies and gentlemen, all change! Changes from 3 April, 2016 It's all because of the opening of a new station at Løren, which creates a new spur line from the central ring to the Vestli line at … [Read more...]
A good friend of mine, Lo, asked me if I heard of Detroit Soup. Being the only American in our discussion group, I felt a bit sheepish to say, “No.” However, this wouldn’t last long. Lo wanted to start a chapter similar to Detroit Soup in Oslo and wanted me to get involved. So, that day, I began researching online and what I found was pretty exciting. Detroit Soup started in 2010 in … [Read more...]
A welcome trend has hit Oslo over the last few years: good quality budget hotels. Although the prices sit somewhere between a bed in a hostel dorm and a room in a full-service chain hotel, the quality is most definitely towards the latter. On a recent research trip for Moon Norway, I took the opportunity to test out three of Oslo's best budget hotels. Here's my verdict! Citybox Oslo After a … [Read more...]
I keep my eyes on the major concerts, festivals and other big events happening around Norway so you don’t have to! Whether you're a resident of Oslo or planning a trip, check out this guide to make the most of your time. The Holmenkollen March Saturday 7 February visitoslo.com 56km classic ski race through the forests of Oslo. Human Rights Human Wrongs 10 - … [Read more...]
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you'll have heard the news that Oslo is no longer in the running to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Despite the new coalition government voicing their concerns in recent months, the announcement came as a surprise considering the people of Oslo voted yes in a referendum on hosting the games last year. The internet has been buzzing with … [Read more...]
At the end of June every year, Oslo hoists the rainbow flag in honour of Skeive Dager, the LGBT Pride festival. This year there's a twist, as the travelling brand that is EuroPride takes over, making the festival bigger than ever before. To give you a flavour of what to expect, here is a selection of photos from Skeive Dager 2011: For me, Pride events are always a bit confusing: are … [Read more...]
Cast your mind back 55 years. Can't do it? No, me neither, I wan't born then! Last week the New York Times website published an article about Oslo, part of their retrospective news series. It was originally published in the International Herald Tribune (the international edition of the New York Times) way back in 1959. Titled Oslo’s Worry: What Will Tourists Think?, the article is an … [Read more...]