Oslo, Norway, is the largest city in Norway and the capital. It was founded in 1048 by King Harald III. The City of Oslo sends Christmas trees to the cities of Washington DC, New York, London, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Reykjavik every year as a gift. Due to a large influx of immigrants, Oslo is currently the fastest growing city in Europe.
Gender Equality in Norway
- Norway has been ranked first by the World Economic Forum in its gender gap index
- The Equal Status Act of 1978 prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender
- The government gives all employees 10 months of maternity leave and 2 months of paternity leave and pays for kindergarten for children
- Many political parties in Norway have gender quotas for members, meaning there has to be a certain number of men and women in the party
Sights to See in Norway:
Vikingskipshuset: A museum about the Vikings and their history. Visitors can see actual Viking ships, along with artifacts found on these ships, and learn about the way of life on these ships.
Museum of Cultural History: This museum is one of Norway's largest cultural museums. It houses not only prehistoric artifacts and those from medieval churches, but also collections of Norse Runes. The entire museum spans across 4 buildings, which means there is pleanty for visitors to see and do here.
Vigeland Park: The world's largest sculpture park created by one artisit, Vigeland Park offers a great way to study gender themes in the Norwegian culture. The park's sculptures all focus on themes of family and gender within the culture, offering a unique depiction of cultural norms.
Norway is famous for its fjords, which are long inlets with steep cliffs that were carved out by glacier activity. Some even house coral reefs. Due to this, we have designated one day for a tour through the fjords.