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The Embassy


The Embassy





Brief history of the areas and the buildings

The Italian Embassy in Oslo consists of a Chancery and a Residence, both situated just behind the Royal Palace in a quiet street named Inkognitogaten.  The mansion at number 5 has hosted first the Chancery and then the Ambassador’s Residence since the late 1920 (already in 1925 there is an Italian Legation registered as residing in the house). The adjoining mansion at number 7 hosts the Chancery since the late 1960. Both mansions are state property.

Inkognito, known from the end of 1600, was one of the many "løkker", a green fenced-in space, which existed at that time in Oslo, where people could make a stroll, gather, let the children play, organise parties and meetings. The løkker were originally public and open to everyone, but the wealthiest families eventually managed to buy them and consequently acquired property rights for them.  There are places in today’s Oslo that still preserve the memory of the original løkke in their names (Grünerløkka, Tullinløkka, Ruseløkka, Rodeløkka).

The Inkognito løkke went into private ownership as early as 1697 and the first mansion built here (the one now at Parkveien 49) was built around 1700. The mansion, owned by Bernt Anker, was called "Inkognito" probably because situated in an area then far away from the city center and therefore somewhat "hidden". From 1820 a large part of the property had to be given away in connection to the building of the Royal Palace (started in 1824 and finished in 1848) on the small Bellevue hill close to the Inkognito løkke.

The street was called Inkognitogata in 1866 and derived its name from the Inkognito løkke.

Inkognitogata 5 and 7 were both built in 1867-68 by Asmus Lenschow who, together with his three sons, realized many of the mansions in the surrounding area called "Bag Slottet".

Inkognitogaten hosts other diplomatic representations and from October 2008 the Residence of the Norwegian Prime Minister following the decision of the Parliament in March 2004 to create a building complex which includes the three properties at Parkveien 45 (the Government’s Guest House), Riddervoldsgate 2 and Inkognitogaten 18.    

From: Statsarkivet, Byantikvaren, Oslo Kommune, online sites (, ecc..)

The Chancery

and the Residence in a late summer day