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Grunerlokka, Oslo

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Grünerløkka is a district of the city of Oslo, Norway. Grünerløkka became part of the city of Oslo in 1858. Grünerløkka is a traditional working class district, but from the late 20th century a gentrification process has taken place in the area. Although it is located in the East End, it has a relatively high price level today compared to other East End areas.HistoryGrünerløkka was named after Friedrich Grüner who bought a mill in the area from King Christian V of Denmark in 1672 (the last element is the finite form of løkke f 'paddock'). During the 19th century, Grünerløkka became a working-class area. Several factories were placed here, because of the advantages of being located close to the Akerselva river. Christiania Seildugsfabrikk from 1856 and Aktieselskapet Herkules from 1898 were two of the factories established. Thorvald Meyer bought parts of the Grünerløkka area in 1861. He built the main street of Grünerløkka, now named for him Thorvald Meyers gate.In 1866, Grünerløkka (Paulus parish) had a total population of 13600. In 1900 the number had risen to 22000. At that time, only 5 streets in Oslo had a population above 3000. Of these, three were located in Grünerløkka: Markveien, Thorvald Meyers gate and Toftes gate (note: gate means street in Norwegian).
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is great part of Oslo to wonder around with the ecclectic shops in Markveien along with the walk up both sides of the Akerselva river. Get up there to avoid the crowds down Aker Brygge.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    For our second time in Oslo , we had to visit again this District and again we were not disappointed. Very accessible with tram Lines 11 , 12 and 13 , all along Markveien and Thorvald Meyers Gate you'...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Definitely the place to go to more chilled out less fancy bars and restaurants. Lots of great cafes, shops and vintage shops round here. Younger area and definitely nice for just walking around. There...  more »

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