Growing out of the Norwegian egalitarian and transparent society, it is easy to connect with people in Oslo. It’s small enough to give people, companies, and ideas visibility and powerful enough to be a springboard for growth.

Oslo and its surrounding region counts more than 1.2 million inhabitants and is one of the most prosperous regions in Europe. The Oslo Region is a natural gateway to the Norwegian market and a preferred location for head offices of national and international companies with operations in the country. The Oslo Region is Norway’s main location for knowledge-based industries and services and home to 37 universities or research institutes.

Oslo stands out as one of the leading maritime capitals in the world with a unique concentration of competence in shipping and specialised services developed from our strong history as a maritime nation. Advanced technology and expertise are also found within fields such as life sciences, information and communication technologies (ICT), energy and environmental technologies and creative industries.

Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities. The growing international and immigrant population adds rich variation to the atmosphere of the city. Oslo has a diverse, vibrant and varied cultural scene. Its historic and cultural offerings can be found in art, design, architecture, Michelin star restaurants, popular music festivals and a lively night life, in addition to famous attractions like the Munch Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Vigeland Sculpture Park and the national Opera House located on Oslo’s waterfront.

The city is responsible for a wide range of matters, including elementary school and pre-school education, cultural institutions and events, health care services, social services, child protection services, housing and urban renewal, local roads, local transport for people and goods, parks and green areas, environmental issues, land use and urban planning. The city is also responsible for secondary education, technical colleges, secondary road systems and other activities that are not decided at the national level.

Raymond Johansen Governing mayor - © Sturlason
official website
The ferries from the centre of Oslo to Nesodden, the most travelled passenger ferry route in Norway, will have electric propulsion early in 2020 © Birgitte Heneide / Ruter
The Car-free-city-life project makes a city center with less cars and more space for people © Clare Keogh/EU Commission
The blue and the green, and the city in-between © Tord Baklund / VisitOSLO
Winter-time-fun in the Toboggan run © Thomas Ekström
People enjoying summer at Sørenga where the waterfront is open to the public © VisitOSLO/Thomas Johannessen
View from City Hall Square © VisitOSLO/Thomas Johannessen


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    Elimination of violence against women across Europe

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    4 minute read
  • Spotlight 22 August 2022

    Nardella: Ambitious proposals to help Ukrainian cities

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    5 minute read
  • Press release 20 August 2022

    On Ukraine visit, mayors pledge sustainable rebuilding

    Mayors from European cities were in Kyiv on Friday 19 August to sign a political agreement to support the sustainable rebuilding of Ukrainian cities. The local leaders personally introduced the plan to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and to their Kyiv counterpart, Vitali Klitschko.

    5 minute read
  • News 09 June 2022

    Dreams come true when acting together

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    6 minute read
  • News 09 May 2022

    Festival of Europe: urban renaissance

    Mayors from Ukrainian and EU cities met alongside European and national officials in Florence, at the European University Institute’s Festival of Europe conference, to exchange on some current and future urban needs.

    5 minute read
  • News 26 December 2021

    Carbon Capture Storage and Use: tool or pretext?

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    6 minute read
  • News 16 November 2021

    COP26: More than ‘blah blah blah’?

    Cities represented at COP26 demonstrated that any transformative action on the path to climate neutrality needs to firmly involve the local level.

    4 minute read
  • Events 01 November 2021

    A Green Deal that works for people

    Mayors across Europe recognise that climate action and social progress are two sides of the same coin. This COP26 'host zone' session will be livestreamed direct from Glasgow on Wednesday 10 November 13:30-15:30 GMT (starts 14:30 CEST).

    2 minute read
  • News 28 June 2021

    10 ways to make integration gender-sensitive

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    8 minute read
  • Publications 14 June 2021

    Volunteering for integration across Europe

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    1 minute read

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