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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Oslo, Norway
The Nobel Peace Centre, located opposite the port in the lobby of the old Vestbanen railway station, hosts exhibitions and is the place to discover all about the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize and their works / © Nancy Bundt – Visit Oslo 

Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway
The Nobel prize winners are shown on digital screens surrounded by fibre-optic lights that change colour in response to the movements of visitors / © Nancy Bundt – Visit Oslo 

Town Hall, Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian capital's Town Hall will be the centre of attention on December 10th when the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony takes place / © Matjaz Intihar – Visit Oslo 

Oslo, Norway
With over 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron, Vigeland Park (left) is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Just 20 minutes from Oslo, Tryvann Winter Park offers excellent conditions for skiing  / © CH – www.visitnorway.com 

Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway
The Vigeland Sculpture Park is the life's work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) / © CH – www.visitnorway 

Oslo, Norway
Oslo's Royal Palace is the official residence of the Norwegian monarchs although they do not actually live here / © Terje Borud – www.visitnorway.com 

Oslo, Norway
The Town Hall is the backdrop to this scene of the bustling Aker Brygge district of the city / © Terje Bakke Pettersen – Visit Oslo 

Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian capital sits at the head of the Oslo fjord / © Nancy Bundt – www.visitnorway.com 

Holmenkollen Ski Slope, Oslo, Norway
In the highest part of Oslo, the remodelled Holmenkollen ski jump, an imposing structure of steel and concrete, is the most modern in the world / © Susan Frase – www.visitnorway.com 

Opera House, Oslo, Norway
The futuristic Oslo Opera House, inspired by an iceberg emerging from the sea, is a vision of white Carrara marble and glass / © Terje Borud – www.visitnorway.com 

Oslo, Norway
From museums and gallery visits, to guided walks of the city or skiing, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the Norwegian capital in winter / © Terje Borud – www.visitnorway.com 

Oslo, Norway
There are Christmas markets, too, each with its own particular style and range of gifts and decorations / © CH – www.visitnorway.com 

Oslo, Norway
The snowy Scandinavian city provided the perfect setting for the Winter Olympics in 1952 / © Terje Borud – www.visitnorway.com