About Oslo

Oslo is the capital of Norway and the country’s largest city with over 650,000 inhabitants. It is a compact capital city surrounded by the Oslo Fjord on its south side and the national protected forest Marka to its east, north and west. Oslo is a very accessible city and Norway’s hub for national and international travel. Growing out of the Norwegian egalitarian and transparent society, it is easy to connect with people. Oslo is small enough to give people, companies and ideas visibility and powerful enough to be a springboard for growth. Located between the fjord and the forest, the city offers great connectivity to nature. This is a central Norwegian value which underlies Oslo’s aspiration to be a green capital and its aim to become a fossil free city by 2030. Oslo and its surrounding region count for more than 1.2 million inhabitants. It 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. Advanced technology and expertise are 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. [Source www.oslo.kommune.no]

Oslo European Green Capital 2019

The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019. Being the European Green Capital in 2019 is a great recognition and an opportunity to showcase Oslo as a truly Green City both in the international context and to Oslo’s population. As European Green Capital 2019, Oslo has taken on an important task: To be a role model to other cities. Oslo is small enough to test new solutions. However, Oslo is also big enough for our solutions to be scaled up to larger cities. The Office of the Governing Mayor has established its own secretariat, which is responsible for planning and coordinating all activities during the year Oslo is the European Green Capital. The secretariat will use 2019 to spread knowledge, inspire and mobilize the citizens – to amplify up the volume and achieve more results, faster. The municipality itself accounts for less than 10 percent of emissions in Oslo. Thus, the entire city is needed on board in order to reach the goal of reducing emissions by 95 % by 2030. [Source www.greencapital2019.com]