Funny Photos of Oslo, Norway

A couple of years ago I made a brief journey to Oslo. It’s probably the most expensive place in the universe outside the space station. A single bed in a 4 person shared hostel room, at the dumpiest place in town, costs the equivalent of €35 ($50 USD). It comes complete with a view of prostitutes on the street corner (not the nice ones). Always on the lookout for humorous photos I was able to capture a few funny photos of Oslo, though somehow I missed the boat snapping the prostitutes.

Oslo Public Toilet- Pissoar

Norwegian Toilets – Pissoar

Norwegians clearly don’t beat around the bush given what they name their toilets. This must literally translate to “piss room.” As far as urinal design humour though, it’s hard to top the outdoor urinals in Amsterdam, previously featured on this blog.

Norwegian Woman Stripping at Vigeland Sculpture Park

Norwegian lady stripping in park

There’s just something about European women stripping down to their bra on a sunny day in the park in Nordic countries. We would see this in parks in the Netherlands too. It’s not so dissimilar from being in a bikini, except this simply isn’t done in city parks in the USA or Australia where we come from. This was taken at the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo. It’s a cool free attraction by the way. Even when people aren’t stripping down to their underwear.

Vinmonopolet – Wine Monopoly

Oslo Vinmonopolet shop front- translates to Wine Monopoly

Everything is expensive in Oslo,Norway. Especially alcohol. If you’re a big drinker we highly advise you stock up at duty-free before entering Norway. This country doesn’t bother pretending that anybody else runs their government owned bottle shops as Vin Monopolet literally translates to “Wine Monopoly.” Funny on one hand, not so much if you have to pay their prices, particularly if you’re a budget traveler who doesn’t earn Norwegian kroners.

Have any funny photos of Oslo you’d like to share? Email them to us and we’ll add them to this post and credit you! Or leave a comment below to add to the conversation. 


  • Alex&Bell

    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

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2 thoughts on “Funny Photos of Oslo, Norway

  1. Pissoar is just the Norwegian spelling of pissoir. Pissoir is what public urinals are called in much of Europe, thanks to the French. Those outdoor urinals in Amsterdam? Also pissoirs.

    Of course, signs can still be funny even if you know what they mean. 🙂

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