Norway: Oslo

norway1_2141015bFounded in 1000 AD Oslo Norway has established itself in the world for its culture, oil, trading and tourism. Home to the Royal family of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, this constitutional monarchy is much different than that of England. The Royal family is given much privacy and are often seen about town intermixed with the public. Norway like Switzerland and Iceland is not part of the European Union, so don’t order Euros before your next trip.

Capital city Oslo is most known for it’s green space as well as museums. With over 1500 miles of hiking and skiing trails this is a nature lovers dream. For the history buffs out there make sure to check out the National Museum of Art as well as the National theatre where you can view opera and the national ballet.

norw-MMAP-mdYear after year Oslo is continuously ranked one of the best places to live in the world. It has one of the highest standards of living, which makes it also one of the most expensive places to live in the world. But the price tag is well worth it. With it’s great public transportation, extremely low crime rates, great medical care and overall relaxed population Oslo is a dream. Although it is said to be in Norway’s south, Oslo is at the same latitude as Alaska as well as St. Petersburg, Russia. But don’t think visiting there in the summer will be freezing. They have quite warm summers and with sunset coming in around 11pm you can enjoy extremely long days. Norwegians don’t believe in bad weather, they believe in bad clothing. If you are too cold, it’s not mother nature’s fault it’s yours for not dressing correctly.

Other great aspects about this cool city are that they have some of the best drinking water in the world. For any of you who have travelled abroad before this should mean savings. Don’t waste money by ordering expensive bottles of water in restaurants, tap is just fine. I know when I travelled to Egypt we had to pay $1 per bottle of water and with the heat we were easily spending $10-$20 per day just on water. It may not seem like all that much but after 10 days there the expenses really add up.

Overall Oslo is definitely a bucket list item. This is just the first of many different top destinations of Norway to keep in mind. Stay tuned for more to come in the upcoming weeks.

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