Founded by Norwegian monarch Harald Hardrada in 1049, Norway's capital city is wrapped around the craggy terrain of the Oslofjord at its foreground, while its backdrop is shrouded in lush forested hills. Between these natural landscapes, Oslo has flourished to represent an environmentally aware nation, a rapidly developing European metropolis that wholeheartedly supports a green atmosphere. A row of breathtaking modern architecture crowds its stellar skyline, while a rich cultural spirit holds you in perpetual awe. Oslo is also home to an impressive line-up of illustrious museums that house everything from regional and international art, and riveting accounts of Nordic history and culture. The annually held Oslo Jazz Festival and a repertoire of world-class concert halls and theaters indicate its passionate inclination toward the arts. One of Norway's most livable cities with a commendably low crime rate, Oslo offers its residents a safe haven in which to live and thrive.