Youngstorget is a public space and square that is located in downtown Oslo. The area lies at the junction of Mollergata and Storgata. It is alongside Torggata. It was built in the year 1846 and has become a symbol for political power in the country.
The area is called Youngstorget by the public, but the official name of Nytorvet, which means new square. It was given this name in 1852 and this was the official name until the year 1951 when the city council then voted to change the name. The area is named for Jorgen Young, who was a financier and politician who owned the majority of the area surrounding it. He was a former member of the legislature and by the time he died in 1837 Young was the richest man in the city.
Youngstorget is located near the Government quarter, which is where many of the political organization headquarters are located. For this reason it is often considered to be in the center of the political power of the country. The workers youth league, Norwegian labour party, liberal party, and the Norwegian confederation for trade unions all have headquarters here as well as many other political groups. Each year there are May Day celebrations as well as many political demonstrations held in this area.
Youngstorget Photo Gallery
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