It constitutes both a county and a municipality. As of 27 February , the municipality of Oslo had a population of ,, while the population of the city's urban area of 4 November was 1,, During the Viking Age the area was part of Viken. The city was elevated to a bishopric in and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around Personal unions with Denmark from to and again from to reduced its influence. After being destroyed by a fire in , during the reign of King Christian IV , a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour.
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A list of the historic capitals of Kingdom of Norway. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the former capitals of Norway. For the current capital Oslo, see Capital of Norway. Categories : Former capitals of Norway Cities and towns in Norway Former cities in Norway Capitals by country Lists of historical capitals Norway geography-related lists Norway history-related lists Lists of cities in Europe.
Oslo , formerly — Christiania or — Kristiania , capital and largest city of Norway. It lies at the head of Oslo Fjord in the southeastern part of the country. The original site of Oslo was east of the Aker River. After the city was destroyed by fire in , Christian IV of Denmark-Norway built a new town farther west, under the walls of the Akershus fortress, and called it Christiania. In Oslo incorporated the nearby township of Aker, and in the following decades a number of satellite towns and residential areas grew up to the east and west of the city. Eight people were killed and dozens were injured in the blast. Oslo is the centre of Norwegian trade, banking, industry, and shipping.
Which city holds the title of Norway's capital? Oslo today, but the history of the title is a fascinating story. Did you know that Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and even Copenhagen have all laid claim to the title over the years? Read on to find out more.