Visit Oslo for a unique experience
Are you looking for new adventures? Do you love rustic scenery or do you wish to relax somewhere away from home, but still remain within city limits? If so, visit Oslo for a unique experience. You’re in not only for a grand, unforgettable vacation but you will travel back in time with its rich history.
World War II
Norway, during the war 1941-1945, experienced the most substantial amount of German troops and foreign prisoners of war, counting to around 400,000 German troops and around 140,000 PoWs and slave laborers, coming from not less than 16 European nations. More than 500 permanent and temporary camps were established and approximately 20,000 prisoners and workers died for many reasons including execution and being tortured to death.The World War II is a phenomenon in the country’s history. Norway was regarded with special status in Hitler’s strategy, where a relatively large number of Nazi troops, naval vessels, weaponry and other resources of war were stationed within its limits. Huge manpower was required for construction and led to many developments including the fortification of the Festung Norwegen for heavy defence. It may be the greatest project ever made during the war which comprised thousands of monumental structures reinforced in steel and concrete, and were armed with artillery, mine fields, barbed wire and machine guns. The giant structure traversed across northern coasts from the Bay of Biscay in France going through Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and the entire Norway coast. The Arctic Railway and main Norwegian motorway for transport were also built, along with many more infrastructures.Quisling, a former minister of war and leader of Norwegian collaboration encouraged Hitler to invade Norway, and whose name then sounded treason. He was made Fuhrer of Norway, ruled as a dictator and eventually became Prime Minister in 1942. Loathed by many people, teachers, bishops and clergymen resigned, and the church separated from the state. When the Germans seized the food reserves, Sweden and Denmark came to aid and was followed through with help from resistance groups. In 1945, around 10,000-15,000 Norwegians were able to cross the border to Sweden and granted police training and led to the liberation on May 8, 1945. Quisling was arrested, tried and shot by a firing squad while about 50 collaborators were executed.
Today, Norway seems to be one of Mother Nature’s finest works. Its capital, Oslo is thriving with forests, lush hills, serene lakes, and exhibits various locations ideal for outdoor activities. Whether you wish to go hiking, skiing, cycling, exploring nature trails, or boating, you will surely find beautiful places to go to once you visit Oslo.
Oslo is the most populous city in Norway, with about 650,000 people, nearly a million if counting the extra-municipal suburbs. Diversity is exhibited, with a quarter of the population non-Norwegian, a majority from Sweden, Pakistan and Poland, with some immigrant communities with people of various origins. Oslo is the country’s business center, and major employment within the service sector comes from trade, banking and insurance, hotels, and catering.
The city holds many of man’s masterpiece, brimming with museums revealing Norway’s significant history, and exquisite art galleries. You will find cafe and bars, and authentic restaurants to dine with palatable dishes served. Tour by the day, go on a mini cruise, witness world-class opera, and then embark to an inviting nightlife for endless fun. Be in awe of what the winter capital, the culture city, Viking city, or the city of rolling green hills as aptly called and many other impeccable names- has to offer! Visit Oslo and soak in its beauty and rich history.