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in: Cristina; Cristina > 2016-03-12

Mar 13, 2016 2:55 AM # 
What kind of lowlifes live in West Oslo? Or is it just really slippery over there or something?
Mar 13, 2016 8:26 PM # 
This is what I'm trying to learn about: what is life really like for people who live deep on the west side of Oslo? It's sort of a sociological exploration.

In all seriousness, east vs west is a very common topic of conversation and jokes in Oslo because it's such a segregated city (by both wealth and race). I think it's a pretty interesting topic. Further reading:

Probably too comprehensive Wikipedia article

Short article on Oslo's Golden Ghettos

A blog entry by a French friend of mine with her observations after moving from a basement apartment on the west side (like we do now) to the east side [fixed link]

In Norwegian, but this article has some striking graphs of differences along a metro line that runs across the city. (On those graphs Majorstuen represents the easternmost west side stop. The graphs are, in order: stops, personal income, % receiving welfare, housing density, % low income, % who do not complete high school, % with higher education).

[tl;dr: west side = more money, east side = less money. neither side is dangerous.]
Mar 13, 2016 8:48 PM # 
Is there any no-go zones in Oslo, the type of areas some say already exists in Sweden, areas run by criminals where police is being attacked when entering making police unable to perform it’s duties?
Mar 13, 2016 9:11 PM # 
I'm unaware of any area of Oslo that is like that. And I'm fairly certain that reports of such "no-go zones" in Sweden are exaggerated.
Mar 13, 2016 10:28 PM # 
You messed up the link to your friend's blog entry. Meanwhile, professors and museum directors? Be careful over there in the West!
Mar 14, 2016 12:16 AM # 
... reports of such "no-go zones" in Sweden are exaggerated....

You're probably right. After all, Östersund is the boondocks compared with Oslo.
Mar 14, 2016 1:04 AM # 
There are other dangers there.
Mar 14, 2016 6:05 AM # 
Definitely much more worried about Storsjöodjuret than the other things.

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