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Oslo, Norway » City Info » History

Around 1049, King Harald Hardråde founded Oslo. However, recent archaeological research revealed Christian burials from before 1000, indicating early urban settlement. Håkon V (1299 – 1319) was the first king to reside in the city permanently. He started the construction of the Akershus Fortress.

Oslo was shattered several times by fires. In 1624, after the fourteenth calamity, King Christian IV rebuilt the area near the Akershus Fortress and named it Christiana, which became a real capital in 1814 when Denmark was destoyed. The Royal Palace, Stortinget, the University, National theatre and the Stock Exchange were established in the 19th century. Christiana overtook Bergen and became the most popular city in 1850 and in 1878 it was renamed Kristiana. Oslo, the original name, was re-established in 1925.

From 1850’s to 1900’s, the city flourished with many constructions. The slum area was knocked down in the 1960’s and apartments with modern concrete and glass took its place.