Oslo enjoys an exceptional setting at one end of the only large fjord on the south coast. Its diverse neighbourhoods lie on lowlands surrounded by steep forested slopes, where you can ski in winter. The sprawling urban area is dotted with a number of peaceful parks; by contrast, the compact city centre is lively. Making the most of its seafront setting, it combines historical buildings with innovative and bold constructions. Oslo is finally moving out of the shadow of its neighbours, Copenhagen and Stockholm, forging its own identity and inventing for itself a new reputation, with more and more initiatives to promote the quality of life here and its tremendous museums. It boasts urban flagships - such as the Norwegian National Opera - that send out appealing signals to visitors. Thanks to its artistic revival, a spirit of initiative and creativity, not to mention the fascinating power of Munch's The Scream, Oslo is gradually putting itself on the map as a must-see destination in these early years of the 21C.
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