The part of the street outside the Russian embassy in Oslo will be called “Ukraine Square”. City Council changed the name of the street as a protest to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.
Today, the city committee in Frogner in Oslo voted to rename Drammensveien, where the Russian embassy is located.
The committee ruled that the whole street will not be renamed, but the area near the embassy will be named as “Ukraine’s place”, writes NRK.
It was the Green Party that proposed the name change. Later, the Conservatives backed up the idea.
The Liberal Party’s Tore Walaker pointed the historical connection between Oslo and Kiev.
– We are in a city whose founder, Harald Hårdråde, picked up his wife Ellisiv in Kyiv, so the ties between Oslo and Kyiv are clear. We mark them today, by naming a place outside the Russian embassy, as Ukraine’s Place, said he.
The proposal was inspired by Denmark. It was proposed to rename the street where the Russian embassy is located to Ukrainagade.
Ukrainian Heroes Street
Denmark is not the only country where a name change is being discussed.
In the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Mayor Remigijus Šimašius wants to rename the street “Ukrainian Heroes Street”.
According to Prague Morning, Czech Republic discusses whether the street name at the Russian embassy should be changed to «Heroes of Ukraine».
Albania and Latvia also consider to change the street name where the Russian embassies are located.