One of the most fascinating aspects of Oslo’s slow but sure transformation into a city with a foreign majority is how it all happens fairly quietly and with by far not everybody noticing it.

When it just became public knowledge that the majority of the city’s population will be of foreign origin well before 2030, and thus in majority among the younger half of the population — the future population in other words — long before that time, the news was received with more or less a shrug, a shrug whose effect was that the news did not get the reaction required for attaching itself firmly in the public consciousness.