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Welcome to Oslo

 

 The Royal Palace in Oslo.
Photo: Giulio Bolognesi.

Despite its northern location, Norway is definitely more solar than polar, thanks to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. At the time of the Congress, the temperature in Oslo is normally pleasant (18–25°C). There is daylight as late as 10 p.m. and the sun rises as early as 5 a.m. Further North, above the Arctic Circle, the sun never fully sets during the summer.

Being a town of only half a million inhabitants, the centre of Oslo is small and compact, and most hotels, shopping areas, and entertainment offers are within walking distance. People in Oslo are friendly and enjoy welcoming visitors. Norwegians are skilled in languages, and practically all speak English, so communication is easy.

For extra-curricular activities, the city of Oslo has a number of museums and parks and attractions.

Oslo host city