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The Tiger

The Tiger Photo: Leif-Harald Ruud The Tiger Photo: Geir Halvorsen (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0/damiel) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The Tiger Photo: Hanna - MyOSLO user
The Tiger Photo: Leif-Harald Ruud
The Tiger Photo: Geir Halvorsen (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0/damiel) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The Tiger Photo: Hanna - MyOSLO user

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The tiger in front of Oslo Central Station is one of Oslo's most photographed "inhabitants". When Oslo celebrated its 1000-year anniversary in 2000, Eiendomsspar wanted to give the city a gift. Oslo wanted a tiger, and that's what they got: a 4.5 meter long bronze tiger.

The statue, made by Elena Engelsen, is one of the first things that meets a tourist arriving at Oslo Central Station.

Why a tiger?
The reason Oslo wanted a tiger, is the city's nickname Tigerstaden ("the tiger city"), which most Norwegians are familiar with. The name was probably first used by Norwegian poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. His poem "Sidste Sang" from 1870 describes a fight between a horse and a tiger; the tiger representing the dangerous city and the horse the safe countryside.

Since the, Oslo has been known as the Tiger City, but these days it is not necessarily meant as a negative thing. The Tiger City can be an exciting and happening place rather than dangerous.

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The Tiger

The tiger in front of Oslo Central Station is one of Oslo's most photographed "inhabitants". When Oslo celebrated its 1000-year anniversary in 2000,...

The Tiger

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