The heart of Scandinavia

Oslo is the green city situated between the mountains and the sea – an idyllic setting found in few other locations in the world. Oslo is Norway’s gateway to Europe, and as the capital of the country, with excellent infrastructure and event venues, the city has successfully hosted congress events with up to 6,000 participants.

 This provides the backdrop to an infrastructure ready to host major international events – including the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Oslo, the capital of Norway, is situated in the heart of Scandinavia, surrounded by magnificent scenery from the fjord to the forested hills. Oslo is the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals, with an urban settlement dating back to the Viking Ages, becoming Norway’s capital in 1294.

The wide spectrum of activities available to both participants and their companions only add to the positive experience, with the majority of hotels, meeting facilities and tourist attractions with easy walking distance; and an excellent public transport system easily available. This setting provides the ingredients for success, knowing that the overall success of any event depends upon more than the Business Program and the venue itself.

A City of Contrasts
The city has been a trading centre from the time of the Vikings, and through medieval times to the present day. The ancient buildings show the city history, with many remnants and ruins from ancient Oslo can be found in the Medieval Park. More modern districts include the bustling Aker Brygge area, a renovated shipyard, with its Mediterranean-style shops, restaurants and cafés. Oslo is known for being a city of contrasts with beautiful natural surroundings, its varied architecture, and its multinational inhabitants all contributing to the city’s unique atmosphere.

Safe, clean and friendly, the city of Oslo can offer venues, accommodation, technological support, food service – and anything else necessary for events large or small. From major venues such as the centrally located Oslo Spectrum and the multi-use Norway Convention Center in the neighbouring town of Lillestrøm to the smaller venues of all sizes, you will find that Oslo is flexible, creative and accommodating to your needs. This includes accommodation in all categories that range from the highest in luxury to comfortable budget hotels as well as student rooms, hostels and private accommodation.

One reason that Oslo is the choice for events and their host organizations is that it is easily reached by air, land or sea. There are over 200 international flights daily from three airports; rail connections to the continent; and the most modern of connections by sea to Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and beyond. A city with a millennium of history dating back to the Viking Age; with cultural giants that include Munch and Ibsen; home to the Nobel Peace Center and the Nobel Peace Prize, the Royal Palace, the ancient Viking Castle, the best restaurants, and the widest range of music in northern Europe – Oslo is the city for your event, large or small.


The Aker Brygge area is a renovated shipyard with Mediterranean-style shops, restaurants and cafés.

© VisitOSLO/Terje Bakke Pettersen

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