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...]
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!
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...]
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. Holmenkollmarsjen Ski Race Saturday 8 February visitoslo.com 56km classic ski race through the forests of Oslo. By:larm 26 Feb - 1 March bylarm.no The SXSW of Norway! … [Read more...]
Despite my love of music and festivals, and this being my third year in Norway, this month was my first ever visit the annual Øya festival, an event that battles with Norwegian Wood to be known as Oslo's biggest. I nearly didn't make it this year either as tickets sold like hot cakes. Thankfully, when Kraftwerk were added to the bill late last year a bunch of extra day tickets were released, … [Read more...]
Last week I took a quick trip to Oslo, primarily to see Kraftwerk headline the Øya Festival. They were awesome for a bunch of old men, by the way! I was also on assignment to report on Oslo's hottest new hotel, THE THIEF at Tjuvholmen, for a British magazine. Book your stay at the THE THIEF with our partners Booking.com Tjuvholmen is Oslo's brand new fjordside neighbourhood, an extension to Aker … [Read more...]
Although Oslo is not known as a shopping destination, it does offer plenty to keep the keen shopper happy. However, to find anything unique or of good value, you'll have to head away from the expensive tourist trap of Karl Johans gate. Here we present the Life in Norway guide to the best shopping in Oslo. Wallets and purses at the ready! First things first, opening hours. 10am is the common … [Read more...]
Here is a quick guide to some of the most popular areas of Oslo for foreigners to live in. City Centre The city centre of Oslo is so compact you can walk across it in about 20 minutes. Unlike many European cities, the centre is not known for its residential population, although there are a number of places springing up. Aker Brygge offers wharfside apartments with views of the fjord, but this is … [Read more...]