The Torshov public school was built in 1878. Torshov was separated from Sagene as a separate congregation in 1930. The Torshov church was consecrated in 1958.
The local sports club is Skeid Fotball.
The area is named after an old farm with the name Torshov (Old Norse Þórshof). The first element is the genitive of Þórr, the last element is hof, Norse meaning "Thor's temple." (No remains of the temple, however, have been found.)
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