The best of Oslo
Written by: Anita Lišková & Todd Shaw
Photo by: Allphoto & archiv
Since its founding in the eleventh century, the oldest of the Scandinavian
capitals has grown into a major European trading center. In addition,
the spectacular setting at the head of a 110-km fjord, nightlife
along the quay and medieval buildings make it a tourist's dream
Station manager, Norwegian Trade Council
Favorite hotel: Frogner House Hotel, Skovveien 8, tel:
+ 47-2256 0056
Favorite restaurant: Theater Café, Stortingsgaten 24-26,
tel: +47-2282 3050
Carl Johanns gata, Holmenkollen Restaurant, Kongeveien
Favorite attraction: Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen
Best-kept secret: Café Felix, Drammensveien 30, tel:
Favorite shop: Magasinet, Kirkev. 114, tel: +47-2246
Advice: The food in Norway is expensive but delicious.
Try more than just salmon, which one can normally get back home.
Also try Norwegian strawberries!
|Ing. Zdena Stejskalová
Favorite hotel: Rica Victoria, Rosenkrantzgtaten 13,
P.O. 1718 - Vika, tel: + 47-2414 7000 - Close to the town hall,
near the fjord.
Favorite restaurant: Holmenkollen Restaurant, Holmenkollenveien
, tel: +47-2213 9200
Beautiful view over the whole city and fjord; fresh seafood
and other delicacies either to choose from Swedish tables or
a la carte.
Favorite night club: Night club in hotel Bristol in the
center, Kristian IV gate, tel: +47-2282 6000
Favorite shops: Bookstore Tanum on Karl Johans gate 37,
tel: +47-2241 1100 - A huge shop with shelves to the ceiling.
You can spend a whole day pleasantly here.
Favorite attraction: boat trip to the fjord in one of
the many quiet lagoons
Best-kept secret: Sir Winston Pub & Pianobar, Karl
Johans gate, tel: + 47-2241 1441
A bar near town hall furnished in original English style with
many beautiful antique things. Large selection of different
beers from around the world.
Advice: In the morning go to the harbor next to town
hall, buy a bag of freshly boiled shrimp from the fishermen.
If you really want to enjoy Oslo, go at the end of June for
the Midsummer festivities.
Sales representative, Isola Powertekk
Favorite hotel: SAS Radisson Plaza Hotel, Sonja Henies
Plass 3, tel: +47-2217 1000
Favorite restaurant: Holmenkollen, Holmenkollenveien
119, tel: +47-2213 9200
Favorite attraction: A trip on a historic Viking boat
around the fjord.
Best-kept secret: Make sure to see panoramic cinema in
the Maritime museum in Oslo. - Norwegian Maritime Museum, Bygdoynesvn.
37, tel: +47-2411 4150
Favorite shop: Shopping center Aker Brygge. Originally
it used to be a harbor, today it's home to boutiques and cafés.
Advice: Norway is quite expensive; take a lot of money.
Administration manager, Vitana
Favorite hotel: Holmekollen Park Hotel, Holmenkollen,
Kongeveien 26, tel: + 47-22-92 20 00, hotel with a view of the
city. The old part of the hotel is very interesting
Favorite restaurant: Bagatelle, ulice Bygday allé 3,
Frogner, tel: +47-2212 1440
Favorite night club: Smuget, Rosenkrantzgate 22, tel:
Favorite shops: Aker Brygge center; reconstruction of
Favorite attraction: Summer walk in Frogner park, Bygdoy
peninsula with the Kon-Ti-Ki raft, Framem ship and Vikings'
Best-kept secret: The geografic center of Oslo lies in
the middle of forests called Nordmark. It's nice to take the
metro to Holmnekollenganen to the last station, walk throught
the forest and visit local restaurants (no alcohol offered).
Advice: During nice weather sit by the docks in Aker
Brygge, have a beer and watch the sea and summer life in Oslo.
Ethnic mix: Predominantly Nordic.
Religion: 86% Evangelical Lutheran, 3% other
Protestant and Roman Catholic, 11% other/unknown.
Time zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday
in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50 Hz; two-round-pin
plugs are standard.
Average January temp: - 4.3° C (24.3° F).
Average July temp: 16.4° C (61.5° F).
Annual rainfall: 1,045 mm (41 inches).
Where on the web?
For further information, we suggest the following websites dedicated
- a click and pull-down page of links to all sorts of information
about the city
- good first destination for anyone wanting to book a hotel
- Black Bush whiskey sponsors this site that rates the city's best
- more hotels, discounts and travel tips for the executive class
- a loosely-designed site that bills itself as the "budget
- portal-type site that is invaluable as a booking resource from
flights to rental cars
- everything you need to know about getting around the city, in
the form of an interactive map.
one-liter bottle of mineral water: NOK 8
33-cl bottle of beer: NOK 14
Financial Times newspaper: NOK 19
36-exposure color film: NOK 60
city-center bus ticket: NOK 20
adult football ticket: NOK 210-410
three-course meal with wine/beer: from NOK 250
NOK 1= GBP 0.083; USD 0.122; EUR 0.132; CZK 4.06
(currency conversion rates as of press time)
There are few large companies in Oslo; only about 5% have 100
employees or more (the state owns in whole or part major companies).
One of the main players is Siemens, along with the telecom giant
Telenor, which was involved in the specification standards for the
first GSM test system. As befits the country that developed the
original prototype of the mobile phone, there is a superb technological
infrastructure with some 80% of employees having access to a computer
- a significantly higher figure than elsewhere in Europe and even
Dress conservatively in a smart business suit and shake hands
with everyone present on arrival and departure. Appointments should
be made well in advance and adhered to. After the exchange of business
cards and formalities, it is straight down to business. Expensive
gifts should be avoided; small items bearing the company logo would
be suitable and bringing in the duty-free alcohol allowance will
be well appreciated.