The equestrian statue of Karl Johan stand in front of the Royal Palace and looks down on the street named in his honour. The statue harkens back to the days before independence when Norway was ruled by a Swedish king, or was he Swedish?
Karl Johan was King of both Sweden and Norway from 1818-1844, but ruled each country under a slightly different name. Norwegians know him as Karl III Johan, while to Swedes he was Karl XIV Johan. Either way, he was neither Norwegian or Swedish, but a French general in Napolean's army. Visit him looking over the street named in his honour.