I am one of the lucky people that has the privilege to live in Oslo.
While the city hasn't been internationally recognized as an architectural metropolis, it certainly has it's charm.
What I consider to be the best qualities of Oslo as a city, is the safety.
I actually do feel safe here, even though we live in fearful times.
And the the city is very practical, it has a solid public transportation infrastructure.
And you have the kind of freedom to do what ever you wish as long as it is in the frames of the Norwegian law. So this is my point of view.
But being a tourist in Norway is probably a rather expensive affair.
Tre brødre, a touristy restaurant on Karl Johans gate, charges 9 USD for bottled water! Welcome to Norway. He said, shamefully.
A worker on minimum wage from Bangladesh would have to work 82 hours to pay for that water, a Cuban would need to put in 180 hours while someone from Sierra Leone would have to sweat 300 hours worth of water to buy the same tiny bottle of water. And considering that I work in Oslo water utility, I know for a fact that Oslo has one of the best and cleanest tap water in the world!
The you have the cold climate, and the seemingly cold people.
But note that everything is not as it seem.
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