I‘ve travelled to my fair share of so-called expensive world destinations but nowhere thus far that can hold a candle to Oslo, Norway.

Oslo Opera House, Bjørvika, Central Oslo, Norway. November 28th 2012.

Oslo Opera House, one of the city’s newest structures, was the winner of the 2009 EU prize for contemporary architecture. It’s home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and the national opera theatre in Norway. When taking this picture I’m actually standing on the roof of the lower section of the building – the roof, covered in white granite and La Facciata, a white Italian marble, angles to ground level creating a large plaza inviting pedestrians to walk up and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo. The building’s 15 metre-high glass wall has minimal framing to allow for maximum internal views of the Oslo waterfront from inside the oak-covered interior, while the roof is supported by thin angled columns also designed not to interfere with views. This picture was taken at 4:10 p.m. with the last of the day’s light disappearing rapidly. Oslo Opera House, Bjørvika, Central Oslo (map-pointer-icon), Norway. November 28th 2012

Oslo, Norway || The Most Expensive City in The World
Everyone knows travel in the Nordic countries is an expensive proposition. I purposely didn’t mention the cost of things in Finland & only briefly mentioned how expensive Sweden was. I didn’t want to highlight it too much because I knew Norway would be a much more strenuous financial proposition – €40 for a dorm bed in the city says it all.

A few everyday prices I took note of today walking the streets of Oslo having just arrived off the train from Stockholm, Sweden (NOK=Norwegian Krone).

  • The cheapest burger on a TGI Fridays menu: 179NOK (€25)
  • A 500ml bottle of coke in 7/11: 29NOK (€4)
  • A Big Mac meal in McDonald’s: 84NOK (€11.50)
  • The cheapest loaf of bread in a supermarket: 25NOK (€3.5)
  • A 6 pack of local/no-name 33cl beer cans: 152NOK (€21)

Yep, welcome to Oslo, the capital & most populous city in Norway & the most expensive city in the world. It was founded around 1000 AD & is the economic and governmental centre of the country, a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It’s a wonderfully chilled out city with some striking architecture & great museums. Yes, it’s painfully pricey but it looks like a nice enough place. Quite pretty actually, at least what I’ve seen of it so far (admittedly not much).

Between getting off the 6-hour train from Stockholm at 2:30 p.m. and darkness enveloping the city shortly after 4:00 p.m., I did manage to see the city’s newest architectural gem, the Oslo Opera House. It was cold, a lot colder than Stockholm, but it was also dry. I’ll take cold & dry over wet & mild any day, meaning I prefer Oslo to Stockholm already. I’ll take a proper, extended look around tomorrow, including taking a look at Norwegian Edvard Munch’s The Scream in the National Gallery. But whatever I do I’ll have my hands firmly in my pockets.


Useful link: Free Things to do in Oslo, Norway.


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