Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, with a population approaching 700,000 and new neighbourhoods with eye-catching architecture. The largest city in Norway is quickly transforming from a regional leader to a global contender with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art, but still maintains the relaxed atmosphere of a friendly and compact city.
The city is nestled between the Oslofjord and hundreds of square miles of forested hills, and is a green city in more ways than one. The compact city centre is easily explored on foot or by bike, and an efficient public transport system makes the whole city accessible without a car.
Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to the Norwegian government and the Royal Family. The country’s largest cultural institutions, which include the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, the National Theatre and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, present first-rate art exhibitions and opera, ballet and theatre performances. Live music is a big part of the city’s identity, and every year Oslo’s clubs and arenas host thousands of concerts that showcase the talents of everyone from local bands to international superstars. Oslo is home to more than 50 museums, and top attractions include the Opera House, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Munch Museum.
Oslo has been selected by the European Commission to be European Green Capital 2019. The conference compactness, venue proximity and easy availability on foot, public transport and city bikes is in line with the city’s strategy for a greener city – Green Oslo – an extensive programme to tackle climate change.