Norway’s most populous city is also its venerable capital.
Oslo is home to stunning parks, living history and an array of art treasures. Its motto of “United and Constant” perfectly encapsulates its almost one thousand years of continuous history, reaching back to Viking times. And yet it's also one of Europe’s most modern cities with a quality of life enjoyed equally among residents and visitors alike.
Almost three-quarters of a million people call Oslo their home, while another one million or so live in its greater metro area. Between the many museums, eateries and sights, there is never an end of things to do and see here. Areas worth exploring include the shopping Mecca of Karl Johans Gate, the verdant summer gathering place of Studenter Lunden, the wonderfully preserved Old Town, the internationally- flavored foodie destination of the Grønland district, the island-laden stretch known as Oslofjord and the exceedingly trendy and recently revitalized neighborhood called Grünerløkka.