Oslo is the capital and the most populous city in Norway. Founded in the year 1040, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada. Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of which are among the world's largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers. Oslo was ranked number one in terms of quality of life among European large cities in the European Cities of the Future 2012 report by fDi magazine.
Oslo has become a capital of contemporary architecture. Recent years have seen the addition of modern landmarks by world-class architects, the emergence of a brand new skyline, and the onset of city development projects that transform old areas and create new ones.
Between scaffolding and busy cranes the face of the city keeps changing – these are exciting times to walk our streets!
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