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.

Eirik Lae Solberg Governing mayor - © Sturlason
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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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