Sean went to Norway on an assignment for Travel + Leisure to see what the world’s highest level of human development looked like in a country, long poor, that had grown rich on North Sea oil.  What he found (which can be read here) was a kind of willed innocence: the residents of Oslo retained a nostalgia for rough country living and the capital’s architecture, too, seemed unsure of what it wanted to communicate about itself.  It was no place, then, for a man who loves cities but the breathtaking landscape of high mountains, icy glaciers, and flat reflective fjords was more than sufficient compensation.

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