The East End and West End of Oslo – Kampen vs Frogner

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The East End and West End are common terms used to describe the two distinct parts of Oslo. Roughly speaking, people living in the West End districts are wealthier compared to those settled in the East End. In the West End, taxable possessions, incomes and house price are significantly higher than in the East End. The younger generation who have grown up in one part of the city usually have very limited experience of the other. They tend to stick to those who have similar background as themselves. But are the differences between the East End and West End as distinct as what were portrayed in the media? Are these differences visible to those who have no knowledge about the East End and West End, for instance, the foreigners and tourists ? With these questions in mind, I want to carry out my own experiment – an exploration of the differences between the two parts of the city. Kampen and Frogner are selected to be the samples.

Kampen belongs to “Gamle Oslo” district which is located in the East End. The northern part of Kampen has many brick buildings while the wooden housing still dominates in other parts. Frogner is a district located in the West End and is considered one of the most expensive districts in Oslo. Lots of classic buildings are to be found in the area.

Kampen  – a fairy tale of colourful wooden houses

Now I am in Kampen attempting to follow the footsteps left by Thorbjørn Egner, the great writer who grew up here.

With its original architecture, Kampen is a charming place consisting of numerous of colourful wooden houses.

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The mixture of turquoise and yellow is a bit unusual but harmonious.

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My favourite colour light-purple goes well with white. The decoration on the wall looks a little mysterious. Is there a meaning behind it?

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An interior shop – a bit lonely but charming enough.

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The only flower shop I have seen in the area – it does not belong to a large chain of flower shops as most flower shops do nowadays. Local business is great!

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This brick building keeps a classic style, and it looks quite different from the wooden houses which dominate the streets in Kampen.

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We do not even need to go to Japan to watch cherry blossoms, the beautiful spring blossoms  can be enjoyed in Kampen.

Frogner – a place dominated by classic buildings and fine boutiques. 

Strolling alone the street on a sunny Sunday morning with my daughter, it is a great start to our adventure.

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I am fascinated by the details of the architecture – the towers, the balconies, and the creative window shapes and designs.

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The style of the interior shop in Frogner is obviously different from the one observed in Kampen.

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The front door of Frogner Church. Beautiful!

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A park located in “Solli Plass”, not far from Bygdøy Alle in Frogner.

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And we spot cherry blossoms on a side street. It is evident that spring has come!

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I am embraced by the sunshine, the breeze and cherry blossoms.

Kampen and Frogner do differ in terms of architectural styles and atmosphere. Kampen is relaxed and nostalgic whereas Frogner, not surprisingly, gives me an impression of elegance and prosperity. Despite socioeconomic differences, both the East End and West End districts contribute to make Oslo a sophisticated and attactive city. Life moves at such a fast pace that we often do not allocate time to enjoy the beautiful things around us. There is beauty in everything. Stop, take time and enjoy 🙂

Author: Isabelle

Content writer / editor & Language advisor

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