For me, Oslo is like a dreamland, where all my anxiety dissipates and peace of mind is the only option.
I know you think OK, well all holidays feel like that, right? No. Not for me. Some are stressful. Some come with irritations and exhaustion. Not Oslo.
I have a few friends that live there, making it more appealing and it makes for a really awesome holiday destination because I get to see the city through the eyes of locals. But also for many other reasons which I will now go over:
It is a healthy society with a high standard of living and equality.
Low crime, low social unrest, good education system, good incomes, pensions, care for the weaker in society, etc.
Amazing landscapes, especially in the Fjord country, but all over.
Being arrogant is frowned upon, there is a sense of openness to others and a respect of differences.
They have a tax structure that prevents huge inequalities in society, equality of opportunity in education and work for all.
They have the highest per capita newspaper readership, high engagement in political debate with few barriers for people entering politics.
It feels like everyone is an activist. But that may be only those in my immediate network.
It feels like my idea of Utopia. If there was ever anything close to it, Oslo would be it for me.
Have you been? What did you think?