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Stavanger websites’ rivalry subject. Two online publications offer opposing views as to how wise visiting the western Norway city is. Rogaland County’s Stavanger is Norway’s fourth-largest city, with Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim occupying first to third place, respectively. It is located near to famous tourist spots such as Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). Moreover, the oil capital, with its some 135,000 inhabitants, is now the subject of a difference of opinion, however.

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Stavanger websites’ rivalry subject

Published on Monday, 29th June, 2015 at 15:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Two online publications offer opposing views as to how wise visiting the western Norway city is.

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Western and Eastern Norway crossing swords is not uncommon. This photo was taken at a Viking festival in Denmark in 2005.Vikings fighting
Photo: Tone/Wikimedia Commons


Rogaland County’s Stavanger is Norway’s fourth-largest city, with Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim occupying first to third place, respectively.

It is located near to famous tourist spots such as Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). Moreover, the oil capital, with its some 135,000 inhabitants, is now the subject of a difference of opinion, however.

Oslo-based 730.no, affiliated to Music Norway, gives 10 top reasons not to visit Stavanger.

730.no staff takes issue with:

  1. The area outside Sølvberget Culture House (known as Arneageren). Journalists cite Sølvberget’s own description of it being a meeting place which unites “knowledge, experience, and recognition”. Drug addicts, McDonalds litter, and the giant seagulls in the area are also listed.
  2. The nightlife with its behavioural issues when it comes to people from Stavanger and Sandnes – known as Siddiser and Gauker, respectively. (The local condescension is mutual).
  3. Nightspots Beverly Hills Fun Pub and Dickens: Men in their 60s’ behaviour and thoughts regarding 18-year-old girls. The music.
  4. Smells emanating from factories in Hillevåg – a borough located in a southerly direction if driving from the centre of town.
  5. The dialect: Stavanger is officially a Bokmål municipality, with the region’s spoken language being closer to nynorsk. Oslo, in the eastern part of Norway, is Bokmål-anchored. The accents and dialects are very different.
  6. Kolumbus is “Stavanger’s most hated and unreliable public bus transport company.”
  7. According to 730.no, shopping centre Kvadrat, located in Sandnes municipality, is a good place for weather-shy drug dealers, 14-year-olds, and souped-up car enthusiasts.
  8. Eating establishment Egon gets a bad review in Oslo for being miserable. Stavanger’s branch is classified as being even more miserable, with particularly sad food.
  9. Tore Tang, a firm favourite of a song, is often heard when going out at weekends. It was first performed by popular ‘80s Norwegian pop/rock band Mods, which was local artist Morten Abel’s first group. Not singing it is disrespectful, according to the article.
  10. Sandnes: The bus station Ruten with its criminals, local girls’ fashion and makeup sense, questionable cars driven by boys sporting old or fake famous fashion label names, and outdated hairstyles.

The 730.no post’s authors say that an article with Top 10 reasons to visit Stavanger is to follow.

Stavanger-based website Byas.no, run by regional publication Aftenbladet, lists 11 points as to why Stavanger is better than Oslo in answer to the above:

  1. Øvre Holmegate (Fargegaten) is a uniquely-colourful street which everyone should experience, with its original bars such as Bøker og Børst and Hanekam. Oslo has no such place.
  2. Old Stavanger (Gamle Stavanger): Oslo may have many venerable houses too, but they do not compare with those in this area, just a stone’s throw from the centre. (Bergen also has an area containing old wooden houses).
  3. A lot of dirty tagging can be found on walls in Oslo, while Stavanger has street art. The annual Nuart festival in Stavanger has people queuing up to see it. According to journalists, the urban motifs give walls in Stavanger “a fresh look”.
  4. Eastern Stavanger’s converted Victorian brewery called Tou Scene, home of the hipsters, a stage for artists.
  5. The region’s beaches (Oslo is situated in a “lovely archipelago”, they say, the North Sea is west of Stavanger).
  6. Tourist attractions such as Pulpit Rock in Lysefjord – a scene seen adorning the walls of London’s tube stations government tourist enterprise Visit Norway uses. Others include the 1,110 metre high (some 3,610 feet) Kjerag with its 5 square metre (almost 54 square feet) boulder wedged in a crevice, and flora-festooned Flor & Fjære.
  7. The dialect: “Hate it or love it”.
  8. Stavanger is quite unique in having a type of Christmas cake called kakemenn in the shops all year round.
  9. Loud Swedes who prefer partying in Oslo is no skin off Stavanger inhabitants’ noses, according to journalists.
  10. Getting around on foot in smaller Stavanger is easier, with no trams needed in order to do so.
  11. Stavanger has The Geopark near the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. This children’s play area, which can also be used for activities including skateboarding, has a reconstruction of the Troll oil and gas field placed in an authentic and colourful area. “And according to our experience, the centre of Oslo doesn’t even have a Geopark,” writes Byas staff.


Published on Monday, 29th June, 2015 at 15:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: stavanger, oslo, rivalry.





  
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