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Bydel Frogner
Niels Juels gate
Niels Juels gate
Coat of arms of Bydel Frogner
Location of Bydel Frogner
Coordinates: 59°55′1.35″N 10°42′21.30″E / 59.9170417°N 10.7059167°E / 59.9170417; 10.7059167Coordinates: 59°55′1.35″N 10°42′21.30″E / 59.9170417°N 10.7059167°E / 59.9170417; 10.7059167
 • Total8.3 km2 (3.2 sq mi)
 • Total59,269
 • Density7,141/km2 (18,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-030105

Frogner is a residential and retail borough in the West End of Oslo, Norway, with a population of 59,269 as of 2020.[1] In addition to the original Frogner, the borough incorporates Bygdøy, Uranienborg and Majorstuen. The borough is named after Frogner Manor, and includes Frogner Park. The borough has the highest real estate prices in Norway.[2]


The borough is named after the old Frogner Manor. The Norse form of the name was Fraunar (plural form), and is likely derived from the word frauð 'manure' — meaning 'fertilized fields'. (See also Frogn and Tøyen.) English-speaking foreigners may assume the word “Frogner” to be related to the English word frog but these words are not congnates. The word for “frog” in Norwegian is “frosk”.

Note that the name is commonly pronounced more closely to “Frong-nair” rather than “Frog-ner”. Some do say Frogner as well, both are considered acceptable.


The area became part of the city of Oslo (then Christiania) in 1878. The borough was originally the grounds of an 18th-century country estate, Frogner Manor. The manor is now the site of Oslo City Museum. The Vigeland Sculpture Park is located in Frogner Park (Frognerparken)

A majority of the houses in the borough were built around 1900. Frogner has historically been and continues to be an affluent area of Oslo.


Traditional districts of Oslo belonging to the borough are:


As a borough of Oslo, Frogner is governed by the city council of Oslo, as well as its own borough council. The council leader is Jens Lie from the Conservative Party and the deputy leader is Carl-Henrik Bastiansen, also of the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party has the most seats. The 15 seats are distributed among the following political parties for the 2019–2023 term:[3]

Frogner in modern times

The Bygdøy peninsula is the current site of the Viking ship Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History), the Maritime Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, and the ship Fram, used by Roald Amundsen for his Antarctic expedition. The royal estate of Bygdøy kongsgård and the Oscarshall palace are also located here. Bygdøy has several public beaches and is a popular recreational area.

On January 1, 2004, the previous borough of Uranienborg-Majorstuen and Bygdøy-Frogner were merged with Frogner, creating the current, larger borough[citation needed].

The borough is known for its many villas and parks. It is one of the most expensive boroughs in Oslo due its central location, proximity to parks, marinas and attractive architecture, and the historical legacy of being a choice residential district for the upper classes during the 19th century[citation needed].

Many of these expansive estates are now embassies, diplomatic missions, and other diplomatic representations.


The Bygdøy peninsula - a short ferry journey from the city center - boasts several museums, including the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset), the Kon-Tiki Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum.[4][5]

Noteworthy buildings

Frogner Manor
Frogner Manor

The main building at Frogner Manor (Frogner Hovedgård) dates back to approximately 1790[citation needed] . Historical interiors from the late 18th century. Today the building is part of Oslo Museum. Frogner Manor is located on a former estate in an area that became part of today's borough The estate is now the site of Frognerparken.

Frogner Church (Norwegian: Frogner kirke) is a church in the Frogner borough of the city of Oslo, Norway. The congregation is part of the Church of Norway, the country's state church.

Frogner Park

Frogner Park (Norwegian: Frognerparken), north of the city centre, is Oslo's biggest park and one of its most popular recreational areas, both for its neighbours and for people from other parts of the city. On a summer day the park is full of people who come to run, walk with a dog, picnic, play badminton or sunbathe. Frognerparken has Norway's biggest collection of roses; a total of 14,000 plants of 150 different species.[citation needed]

Frogner Stadion and open-air bath is located in one corner of the park, towards Majorstua. In the corner by Frogner plass are Frogner Manor House and the Oslo City Museum. Frognerparken includes Vigelandsparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park), Oslo's most visited attraction, and has a summer-open café, a restaurant and Norway's biggest playground. A large open-air skating rink, maintained only during the winter, is free of charge to visitors. Many Norwegians own their own skates, but one can also rent skates at the site or take skating lessons.

Food and entertainment

Frogner is home to several restaurants and bars - including Feinschmecker, Alex Sushi and Bagatelle, while a range of cafés offer simpler food.


  1. ^ Municipality of Oslo (2020). "Befolkningen etter bydel, kjønn og aldersgrupper 1.1.2020" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  2. ^ Frogner-leilighetene dyrest i landet Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine, Dine Penger
  3. ^ "Valgresultater valg til bydelsutvalg 2019". Oslo kommune (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  4. ^ "Norwegian Maritime Museum".
  5. ^ "Norwegian Folk Museum".
  6. ^ "NMM exhibitions".
  7. ^ "History of the Norsk folk museum".