Oslo, Norway, 2022

Oslo, like all of the Skandinavian capitals, is a beautiful, well-organized, friendly, exceedingly civilized, and restrained city. Nobody has anything to prove here. It’s a pleasure to stroll through the avenues and streets, enjoy the sights, and relax. They still have a king and queen; their park and parts of the palace are open to the public. The Norwegian artist Edvard Munch has a very large museum here where you can see three versions of his most famous painting,The Scream; only one is shown at a time.

Norway is also enormously expensive. An unimpressive burger will set you back €30, and dinner at a good restaurant is €70 and up. This is a very rich country.