Oslo is the biggest city in Norway with a population of 650 000, and has been the country's capital since 1814. The Government and Parliament are located here as well as the Royal Palace.
Oslo is currently the fastest growing capital city in Europe, and the growth rate in the region as a whole is just as high. Unemployment is low, and the economy is healthy.
Oslo has a great location at the head of the Oslo fjord and is surrounded by large and accessible forested hills. The city is a fantastic destination for those who enjoy outdoor activities, and the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump is clearly visible from many parts of the city. Even in the city centre the nearest park is never more than a few blocks away. For an active twist on your stay, hit the forests and climb the trees in Oslo Summer Park, or go island hopping by public ferries that take you to lovely beaches, peaceful recreational areas and historical landmarks on the Oslo fjord islands.
At the same time Oslo has everything you would expect from a capital. Over the last decade, new neighborhoods and landmarks of modern architecture have reshaped the face of the city, and old container docks are turning into fjord-side housing areas and walking promenades. Go for a stroll and enjoy the feeling of a city on the rise!
The city offers an abundance of attractions, shopping possibilities and a flourishing cultural life, many interesting museums, and a choice of restaurants which is almost unparalleled in Scandinavia. Small revolutions in food, coffee and craft beers have put Oslo on the world’s culinary radar. Local ingredients and food traditions, which before were of little interest to anyone, are now cultivated into a three-star Michelin meals at the Oslo restaurant Maaemo.
You will also find that Oslo has one the most vibrant culture scenes in all of Europe. Concerts and music festivals are particularly plentiful, and great happenings in contemporary dance, clubbing, opera and theatre make Oslo an excellent choice for a cultural city break.
Oslo is very accessible by road, rail and air. You can arrive by ferry from Sweden, Denmark and Germany, and there are more than 100 international direct flights to Oslo airport, Gardermoen, only 20 mins by train from downtown.
For more information about Oslo:
Oslo city centre and venue for congress
1: Oslo City Hall, Welcome Reception
2: Akershusutstikkeren, Informal Dinner / Boat cruise departure
3: Opera House, Formal Dinner
4: University Aula, Opening Ceremony
Photocredit: VisitOSLO/Nic Lehoux