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Oslo, the compact capital of Norway, offers a great blend of city and nature for your next meeting - Photo: VisitOslo/WF
Oslo, the compact capital of Norway, offers a great blend of city and nature for your next meeting Photo: VisitOslo/WF

Key facts about Oslo

The capital of Norway is also its largest city with almost 635,000 inhabitants. Oslo Airport Gardermoen is 55 kilometres from the city centre.


The combination of city life with easy access to outdoor activities, coupled with a compact centre, makes Oslo a unique destination for a congress arrangement - or any event.

History and culture

Oslo is characterised by a mix of old and new architecture, parks, hills, museums, monuments, lakes, forests and the fjord. It is a vibrant city, excellent for shopping, cultural and sports activities. The history of Oslo goes back 1,000 years, to the Viking Age, and embraces cultural giants such as Edvard Munch, Gustav Vigeland and Henrik Ibsen. A number of sightseeing trips of varying length are available to introduce delegates to these interesting aspects of Norwegian culture.

Outdoor activities

During summer, tours in the Nordmarka forest are available. You can go hiking, biking and Nordic walking or canoeing on one of the many lakes. The area is suitable for both individual escapes and team-building activities. Winter boasts the opportunity for great skiing, both downhill and cross country, tobogganing and horse sleigh rides. For those wishing to enjoy a more relaxing activity, wrap up warm and savour a tasty cup of hot chocolate in a lavvo.


In the harbour a large number of charter boats offer trips among the many islands of the Oslofjord. These boats represent a different and increasingly popular way to entertain guests. You can also visit one of Oslo’s many world-class museums and sights, from Holmenkollen Ski Jump to the Viking Ship Museum or the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park.


Half day and full day excursions to the areas around Oslo are very popular items on a partner programme. Hadeland Glassverk, former iron works Bærums Verk and Drøbak at the narrowest point of the Oslofjord, are all within an hours drive from Oslo.


Oslo offers a wide range of restaurants with capacity for larger groups. You may choose from good, old-fashioned rustic food, delicious dishes of fish, game, moose and reindeer, or stimulating culinary dishes from every corner of the world. The products come fresh from Nature’s own pantry!


Oslo’s climate is actually milder than the northern latitude might indicate. During the summer months, temperatures often equal that of cities much further south. Summer days are long, and the sun sets around 10:00 pm.


  • Number of inhabitants: 634,463 (January 2014)
  • Oslo has over 50 hotels, approximately 10,000 rooms and 16,000 beds
  • In the vicinity of Oslo, another 15 hotels offer approximately 2,000 additional rooms
  • Capacity largest conference hall: 8,000 (theatre style)
  • Oslo offers a unique location between the forest and the sea, ideal for outdoor activities
Last updated:  2014-11-04

Host a conference in Oslo

Meeting venues in Oslo

Oslo has six conference centres and two major exhibition halls. The maximum capacity in the largest hall is 6,000 people in cinema-style seating.

Incentive programmes in Oslo

Get to know Oslo and your team better: host your own Nobel dinner, organise an Olympics competition or follow in the steps of Norwegian explorers.

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