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Statue of the week: number 28

April 14, 2011

We return this week to Solli plass.  Alongside the statue of Churchill is this one of Gunnar Sønsteby (1918 – ).  There is a link between the 2 statues – the Second World War. Sønsteby was part of the Norwegian resistance, and after training with the Special Operations Executive in England he went undercover.  He was involved in many activities against the Germans and was never captured by them.  The UK awarded him a Distinguished Service Order in 1945 and in 1946 Norway awarded him the War Cross with 3 Swords – the only person to receive this honour. He has also received many other awards.  A portrait (commissioned by an anonomous donor) now hangs in the restaurant at Frognerseteren.

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  1. June 14, 2011 6:06 am

    I love this feature, what a great idea! I’ve recently moved from the UK to Oslo and am also blogging, I’ll be sure to check back on your adventures regularly and pick up some tips 🙂

    • June 14, 2011 9:33 pm

      Hei David! I took a look at your blog and you’ve discovered some of the delights that I’ve also found (latte soup, the tea lounge, the parks, architecture), some of the strangeness (no Sunday opening – apparently small shops can open – take a look at the innvanderbuttikks (immigrant shops) at Brugata if you’re after a wider range of food than Joker!) but have also been to some places I haven’t (Holmenkollen, St Hanshaugan parken). Enjoy Oslo!

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