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Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2008

A recent survey shows fewer city patriots in Oslo than in other big cities in Norway. “Its a place to meet, but not to stay. A quarter of the population wants to move somewhere else”, says author John Olav Egeland.

Despite facilities like the Holmenkollen national sports arena, a quarter of Oslo’s population would be happy to move out.

PHOTO: JAN GREVE / SCANPIX

Results from a recent survey of life in the big cities, carried out by Sentio Research, shows that 34 percent identify themselves with Oslo and 24 percent would like to move out. Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim have better ratings.

Most first-generation immigrants still think of home as the place they left, even if they have spent most of their lives in Oslo.

The second generation, born in Oslo is more likely to consider it home, but people have deep roots.

“If people are to become more proud of Oslo they have to be made to feel welcome. If not, one in four will continue to move on,” says Egeland.

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API/SourceAftenposteneng

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