Info on Oslo and Lillestrøm

Info on Oslo and Lillestrøm

Lillestrøm is a small town 18 km north of Oslo, the administrative centre of the municipality of Skedsmo. It has about 14000 inhabitants.

The town centre is compact with lots of nice shops and restaurants.

Find restaurants in Lillestrøm!

One of the largest exhibition centres in Norway is situated in Lillestrøm, close to the meeting venue.

The train station is central for all northbound trains from Oslo, trains arrive and depart several times an hour from early morning till late night. The train ride takes 10 minutes.

Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Oslo was established as a municipality in 1838, but the city was founded around 1048 by King Harald III "Hardraade" of Norway.

The city was largely destroyed by a fire in 1624, and rebuilt as Christiania (briefly also spelt Kristiania). In 1925 the city reclaimed its original Norwegian name, Oslo.

Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of them are amongst the world's largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers.

For several years, Oslo has been listed as one of the most expensive cities in the world along with such other global capitals as Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen, Paris, and Tokyo.

The population currently increases at a rate of over 2 % annually, making it one of the fastest growing capitals in Europe.

The city centre is situated at the end of the Oslofjord from where the city sprawls out in three distinct "corridors" from its centre; inland north-eastwards and southwards lining both sides of the fjord giving the city area more or less the shape of a large, reclining "Y" when seen from the north. To the north and east wide forested hills (Marka) rise above the city giving the location the shape of a giant amphitheatre.

Area
- City of Oslo 454.03 km2 (175.3 sq mi)
- Urban 285.26 km2 (110.1 sq mi)
Population (as of en 2013)
- City of Oslo 629 000
- Metropolitan area approx. 1,2 mill.

Of Oslo's total area, 115 km2 (44 sq mi) is built-up and 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi) is agricultural. The open areas within the built-up zone amount to 22 km2 (8.5 sq mi).

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