Oslo, capital of peace

In just over a week's time, on December 10th, the ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize – the only Nobel prize awarded outside Stockholm – will be celebrated in Oslo. Why not make this an excuse to visit the Norwegian capital and discover the locations connected with the award, as well as breathing in the spirit of Advent in Scandinavia, with Christmas lights, street markets, and plenty of snow.

On the day of the award ceremony, all eyes wll be on Oslo Town Hall, the imposing red building where the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be presented to this year's joint winners: President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, her fellow activist Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman from Yemen. The three women have been chosen for their "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work." Their three names are added to the long list that was started in 1901, and which includes such important figures as Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.

Oslo, a cultural and political capital set on the shores of a fjord boasts many other attractions as you'll see from our photo gallery. At the Nobel Peace Centre you can learn more about the acclaimed – and sometimes controversial – Peace Prize, as well as visiting exhibitions, watching a film the winners or simply taking a break in the Peace Cafe. Then you can go on to visit the futuristic Opera House, the recently remodelled Holmenkollen ski jump arena, the Viking Ship Museum, Akershus Fortress, the Munch Museum in Gamle Oslo as the old town is known...

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