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This is something one has to be aware of. Skate-borders use the pavement in front of City Hall as a play area. And they come at you with great speed, this is their area and here they practise, but how can tourists be aware of this?
I find this disturbing that in an area with such a lot of people passing by one has to avoid being run over by a skate-border... Of course skate-borders have to practise somewhere and they add colour to city life. Just something to be aware of.
Updated May 23, 2013
Beware of falling lumps of ice from buildings in the wintertime. Signboards shows where it could be dangerous, and you should not walk close. It is the landlords responsibility to make sure the dangerous lumps of ice are removed, but people are hurt every year. "Danger of landslide", translated "Rasfare".
Updated Apr 15, 2013
Over the past year has been able to read about new rapes in Oslo, almost every week there have been one or more rapes. So be careful when you go home at night, late nights, pulling together several, do not go alone!
It also has in the recent past been many pickpockets who steal from you when you stand on the bus, take the subway, walk around the street, there may be those who ask for directions. Anyway pay attention and keep valuables in inside pockets!
Written Jul 29, 2012
We have some problems with organized thieves in the center of Oslo, and especially Majorstua .In Norwegian the robbers are called "lommetyver". They are from Eastern Europe and they make their living in Norway this way. They are very smart, have different methods for stealing , they will for instance distract you and then rob you ,and then you'll notice that your wallet or camera is gone. Those types of robbery often occurs in crowds, therefore you should close your bags, and don't bring to much cash.
If your bank card is stuck in the cash dispenser and some people are offering some help, DONT LET THEM HELP YOU!! Do not give them personal information like your pin code,call your bank instead. As an extra precaution you should hide you code with your other hand, in case there is a camera there
I hope you'll never meet any of them during your stay in Norway. This has never happened to me, or anyone I know but take your precautions.
This should be obvious, but don't keep all your credit cards, driving license, other cards in at the same place.
Updated Jun 22, 2012
The Government quarter got attacked in the terror attack in 22.07.12, by a Norwegian whose name I am not going to mention. While I was visiting in April-June 2012 The Government quarter was being reconstructed after the attack and it said on a poster by the construction fench surrounding the area: "In the terror attack on the 22nd of July 2012, 8 people lost their lives and many were injured. Several buildings in the quarter were severely damaged, such as Höjblokken ("The high rise"), R4 (Government building 4), The S block and parts of Y block."
This area houses 14 of the 17 ministries plus the Prime Minister´s Office and the Government Administration Services.
These buildings are located by Grubbergata north by the Deichmanske library.
They intend to finish the work in 2012.
While I was visiting the trial over ... started and was non-stop on the news during my 2,5 months stay.
Updated Jun 4, 2012
Oslo is pretty safe,as long as you avoid provoking people and act like a polite and nice human being . You’ll probably meet some drug users, beggars and drunken people at the metro stations but they're pretty harmless. Even though this is a pretty safe city, women should not walk alone in the streets at night times we recently had a rape wave.
Loliza was assaulted and raped.
"It feels like someone is killing your soul" --is Oslo supposed to be like that?
Updated Apr 1, 2012
it may be expensive to park your car at a place when it's not allowed .
Parking is prohibited closer than 5 meters to a crossroad, a pedestrian crossing or a railway crossing. It is also prohibited to park at a taxi stand or a bus stop, or within 20 meters of either side of one
Updated Dec 2, 2011
DO NOT walk alone in Oslo after nightfall if youre a woman. Anywhere. Only this weekend, we´ve had EIGHT sexual assaults in Oslo. And those are the repoted ones...so- Its the worst in Scandinavia, and the Oslo police is not doing anything about it. Serial rapists on the loose, immigrants, off course. Please, girls, take this seriously. It´s that bad.
Written Oct 30, 2011
Is not a chain company, but a warning sign, be aware of the snow on the roof of the buildings, in worst case scenario you might come home in a coffin.
must not be mistaken with prisras, meaning the prizes are falling (sale)
Updated Oct 17, 2011
I'm posting a you tube link of a gentleman who has been filming a more ugly side of Oslo. The images are very accurate and could be any given day in Oslo. I think anyone coming to this city should be aware of this problem because if you are simply thinking that Oslo is exactly like what they've read - where the people are beautiful and the welfare system has fixed all societal ills, you'd be very suprised. Begging isn't illegal here so the police don't do anything, most people ignore it, and the beggars themselves have a full legal right to be there. But it's been proliferating. A lot of it is organised, and a good deal isn't. Most people that are out there on the streets are prostitutes, drug addicts, and gypsies. Many people in this country like to attribute this trend (and all other elements of criminality) to the growing foreign population. And while it is true that there are many foreigners who have come to this country, and others, under false pretenses, we must bear in mind that ALL foreigners are NOT BAD. This is a touchy subject for the locals and if you look at the post after the you tube video, you can see how provoked (and frankly stupid) a lot of locals are. There have even been ridiculous calls in the past to 'kick out foreign beggars so norwegian beggars can have their turf back'. The bottom line is: there is a problem in Oslo. And as a visitor, you should be aware of it. It's safe, just not pretty. Any area around the train station up to domkirke should be avoided at night and the likelihood of danger will depend largely on the potency and availability of the drugs on the street.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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