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Frogner is a borough and an exclusive residential and retail district in the West End of the city of Oslo, Norway. In addition to traditional Frogner, the borough incorporates Bygdøy, Uranienborg and Majorstuen. The borough is named after Frogner Manor, and the famous Frogner Park is now found on the site of the manor. In Oslo, and indeed in Norwegian popular culture, Frogner occupies a similar position as London's Knightsbridge, and has the highest real estate prices in the entire country.
The nameThe borough is named after the old Frogner Manor. The Norse form of the name was Fraunar (plural form). The name is probably derived from the word frauð 'manure' - and then with the meaning 'fertilized fields'. See also Frogn and Tøyen.
HistoryThe area became part of the city of Oslo (then Christiania) in 1878. The borough was originally the ground and property of Frogner Manor, a splendid 18th-century country estate now housing the Oslo City Museum. The Frogner Park (Frognerparken) includes the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park. The major part of Frogner consists of houses built around 1900. Frogner was then a part of the city for the affluent, a status it has retained.
DistrictsTraditional districts of Oslo belonging to the borough are: Bygdøy Frogner Majorstuen Uranienborg
Frogner in modern timesOn the Bygdøy peninsula are located the Viking ship Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History), the Maritime Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the ship Fram, used by Roald Amundsen for his Antarctic expedition. The royal estate Bygdøy kongsgård and the little palace of Oscarshall are also located here. Bygdøy is also a recreational area for Oslo's citizens with several public beaches. On January 1, 2004, the previous borough of Uranienborg-Majorstuen and Bygdøy-Frogner were merged with Frogner, creating the current, larger borough. Frogner area is dominated by villa buildings and parks. It is one of the most expensive districts in Oslo due to the central location, proximity to parks, marinas and pretty architecture. It is also an embassy area.
MuseumsThe Bygdøy peninsula - a short ferry journey from the city center - boasts several museums, the best of which are the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset) and the Kon-Tiki Museum. The Viking Ship Museum houses three spectacular examples of 9th and 10th century Scandinavian sea vessels - including the fully intact Oseberg ship - which were used as high status tombs. A collection of Viking weapons, utensils and talismans, buried with the ships, is also on display. The Kon-Tiki Museum is named after the raft on which Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947. Alongside the raft, the museum houses various artefacts related to Heyerdahl's other expeditions and a changing program of temporary exhibitions explores his life and work. Oslo City Museum is situated at Frogner Manor in the Vigeland park (Frognerparken). It is a museum of cultural... ... (English)
Nearby sights panorama
Gimle, Oslo (60m)
Frogner Church (66m)
Thomas Heftyes gate (153m)
Elisenberg Station (208m)
Elisenberg (station) (306m)
Skarpsno (station) (364m)
Nobels gate (station) (409m)
Skarpsno Station (453m)
Embassy of Russia in Oslo (463m)
Skillebekk (station) (554m)
Yara International (575m)
Frogner School (575m)
Embassy of Poland in Oslo (584m)