A few impressions of Oslo Norway.
A great transit system for a city of some 1.5 M. There are 6 underground train lines, surface tram lines and a good bus system. There is both a high speed and normal speed train to the airport.
Karl Johan Gate (see picture below) is a multi-kilometer pedestrian mall downtown. A number of the side streets are also blocked for the first block back from it. A very nice feature for a livable city.
Nature is left beside roads and sidewalks. Walking from the train station to the university campus each day, the grass was not planted an manicured for the most part. It looked like the path had just been dropped through the woods with very natural vegetation left. Very nice.
It is expensive in the restaurants etc. A waitress from Sweden said she made twice as much working here as at home. Houses seem to start around $1M with condos for about one-half that. The very nice area on the water that is called Aker Brygge is at least double for the condos. It is a bit like the False Creek development in Vancouver but only 5 stories high.
Looking down Karl Johan Gate in Oslo to the royal palace.