Why Oslo is one of the ‘best cities in Europe’ for single people

Norwegian capital Oslo has been ranked third in a list of the 50 best cities in Europe for singles in 2019.

Why Oslo is one of the 'best cities in Europe' for single people
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The highest proportion (52.9 percent) of single-person households in Europe was recorded in the Norwegian capital, while residents of Norway are amongst the top users of dating apps in Europe, with 31 percent of people in Oslo saying they use dating apps, according to Statista figures.

That adds up to make Oslo one of the cities where you’ll have the best chances of finding love — or at least a date for the evening, according to global travel site Big 7 Travel, which put together the list of the best towns in Europe to be unattached.

Using data from Eurostat, individual country census statistics, dating app usage data and a survey of singles across Europe, the company came up with an overall analysis of which cities are best for dating and enjoying single life.

Specifically, the ranking draws on the highest usage rate of dating apps Tinder and Badoo; the population of single people per capita according to Eurostat; app data and subjective votes given by survey participants.

Additionally, the overall population of cities was included as a factor in the measure: you don’t want a date where you’ll bump into the person the next day, the travel company reasons.

Bearing that in mind, Oslo – with its relatively small population size of 670,000 (or 1 million for its greater urban area) – performed well in the other categories to finish so high on the list.

Oslo was not the highest-ranking Nordic city on the list, with Swedish capital Stockholm taking the title of number 1 city to be single. Madrid was second.

London, Berlin, Geneva, Paris, Oxford, Tallinn and Limerick completed the top 10.

One other Norwegian destination made the top 50: Bergen came in 49th place, between UK city Birmingham and Ljubljana in Slovenia.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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