Oslo to assess measures to improve air quality

Oslo Municipality is investigating what it can do to improve air quality and avoid exceeding limits on hazardous particulate matter, it announced Tuesday.

Oslo to assess measures to improve air quality
The city's local auhtority will be looking into increasing the air quality in Oslo by reducing the number of hazardous particulates. Pictured is barcode in Oslo. Photo by Kamil Klyta on Unsplash

Many associate Norway with fresh mountain air, and some will have even heard anecdotes of the rich and famous paying to fill their homes with air from the country. However, the country’s capital, Oslo, is working to improve air quality, the city’s local authority has announced.

Measures are being mulled over to prevent new limits for hazardous particulate pollutants from being exceeded. New limits for both coarse-grained and fine-grained particulate matter were introduced at the turn of the year.

Coarse-grained pollution is mostly dust and particles from the city’s roads. The limit for this has been exceeded several times this winter, the Urban Environment Agency said.

The agency said that it believed that better routines for cleaning and dust mitigation techniques, which aim to reduce the amount of coarse-grained particle pollution, could be a way of ensuring the city’s air quality remains within acceptable limits.

The main source of fine-grained particle pollution is wood-burning stoves. One option that Oslo could adopt would be a ban on non-clean-burning fireplaces. Bergen Municipality adopted a similar ban last year.

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The Urban Environment Agency said that it was too soon to say whether Oslo would introduce a similar ban but that it was working on mapping emissions from wood-burning to help it target measures more effectively.

“We are working to map the emissions from wood-burning so that it will be easier to find and implement targeted measures,” Sirin Stav, environmental councillor in Oslo, told public broadcaster NRK.

The councillor added that a reduction in exhaust fumes from cars means that emissions from wood-burning has emerged as one of the most significant contributors to fine-grained particle pollution.

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Norway’s Royal Palace to reopen to the public 

The Norwegian Royal Palace will once again be open to visitors after closing its doors to the public for two years due to the pandemic, the palace announced Friday. 

Norway’s Royal Palace to reopen to the public 

After two years of pandemic closures, the Royal Palace in Oslo will reopen to the public and allow visitors to take tours. The tours will recommence from June 25th. 

The public will be able to take a tour which will go through some of the palace’s most important rooms- such as the Council Chamber, the ballroom, the dining hall and the King Haakon Suite. 


The tour will also feature the White Salon, which was restored last year to resemble how it looked when the palace was first built in 1849. 

Tours will be available from mid-August. Tickets start from 175 kroner per person.