It has become one of the most photographed sights in Oslo, it’s in bronze and it’s one of the first things you see when arriving to Oslo Central Station. Of course we are talking about The Tiger!
The 4.5 metre long bronze tiger, made by Elena Engelsen, was a gift to the city of Oslo when they celebrated their 1000-year anniversary in 2000. The city of Oslo wanted a tiger, and that’s what they got. You think it’s weird? Well, there is a reason, of course! Oslo happens to have a nickname: Tigerstaden (The Tiger City). It’s believed it was mentioned the first time by a Norwegian poet, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, who’s poem “Sidste Sang” (1870) describes a fight between a horse and a tiger. The horse is to represent the safe countryside and the tiger the dangerous city. Today the nick-name isn’t really known for the same meaning; it’s more of a way to describe an exciting and happening city.
If you want to visit the statue, head to Jernbanetorget, the square in front of the central station. It’s hard to miss!