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ISU Junior Grand Prix 2006

Oslo, Norway – September 27th–October 1st 2006

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About Oslo





About Oslo

Oslo seen from the fjord
Oslo (west) from the fjord: The Royal Ship in the foreground and Holmenkollen in the background.
(Photo: Bjørn-Ove Indrøy)

Oslo is the capital of Norway and has approx. 525 000 inhabitants.

Karl Johan main street and Royal CastleOslo's urban history dates back to about 1000 AD. The city's founding can be attributed to the natural harbour and ease of access to much of eastern Norway. As royal and clerical authorities gained influence, the city grew. Oslo first served as Norway's capital from 1299 to 1397, when the country joined Denmark and Sweden in the Kalmar Union. After a major fire in 1624, King Christian IV of Denmark had the city rebuilt behind Akershus Fortress. Norway was now under Danish rule, and Oslo was renamed Christiania in the king's honour. In the 1600s and 1700s trade fuelled development, with timber as the key product.

The city's population rose steadily but jumped after 1814, when Norway entered a less restrictive union with Sweden and the city regained capital status. The industrial revolution
boosted it politically and economically, while advances in communication let the city expand geographically, most notably in 1859 and 1878. The union with Sweden ended in 1905.
In 1924, 300 years after the city's reconstruction under Christian IV, it took back the name of Oslo. Oslo celebrated its 1000-year jubilee in 2000.
(Source: Oslo - facts and figures, Oslo kommune)

Attractions and sights
Oslo, the Vikingship and Fram museumsOslo is situated in wonderful surroundings - between the fjord and the forrests and mountains. The city has a broad range of sightseeing attractions. Most popular is Holmenkollen ski jump arena. Oslo also hosts the Munch museum, the sculpture park of Gustav Vigeland and a number of historical museums: The Fram museum, The Kon-Tiki museum and The Vikingship museum. See complete list of attractions on www.visitoslo.com.

Karl Johan street and the Royal Castle (above)
The Vikingship, Kon-Tiki and Fram museums on Bygdøy. (Photos: Bjørn-Ove Indrøy)