Oslo with a population of about 600,000, is a green city, which means you pay a toll to bring in a car. It is committed to eco-friendly tourism.
The center I easy to get around on foot, and the integrated transport system whisks you in less than half an hour to the hills, forests and fjords. Oslo covers an astonishing 454 square kilometers (175 square miles), and it is the magnificence of the surrounding countryside that gives Oslo the benefit of a plethora of outdoor activities that cannot be competed by any other capital city.
Oslo declared itself a sustainable city a few years back, and has remained committed to backing up the claim. It won the European Sustainable City Award in 2003 for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses, offer electric car-charging stations and enhance public transportation.
Norway is associated with snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures, but people tend to forget that there are also warm, humid summers. Oslo is alive and kicking all year round, but it’s during summer that the average tourist can enjoy the maximum benefits of a visit to the city. In fact, being able to down that first outdoor “summer pils” is part of Norwegian culture.
Oslo has been described as “the world’s biggest village, and Reader’s Digest magazine ranked it as number 2 on a list of the world’s greenest and most livable cities, following Stockholm.
Oslo – The World’s Biggest Village, written by Tor Kjolberg