Oslo – the small city with the big heart.
Oslo is not too big and not too small. Big enough to offer anything you would expect from a modern and vibrant capital city, yet small enough to easily navigate in – by foot, or by taking advantage of the city’s popular city bike offerings.
Oslo is the capital of Norway, but with only 600 000 inhabitants it doesn’t feel too big. Greater Oslo houses about 1,3 million, and still there’s plenty of space for everyone. You may be wondering how student life fits in?
The best thing about Oslo is that everything is about 15-20 minutes away no matter where you are. Whether you´re looking for shops, restaurants and nightlife or forest, fjords and seaside, it´s just around the corner. The city is international in every way and people from more than 200 nations live here. Norwegian is the official language, but most people speak English, and some speak French, German or Spanish.
Oslo is nevertheless a fairly big and and international city. And it’s growing fast. In fact, Oslo is the fastest growing capital in Europe, and this is reflected on both lots of new building projects, and, alas, housing prices. If you decide to settle here, you will find everything. From large to small, few to many, cold to warm, culture to nature, rags to riches. But most of all you’ll find a clean, well organised and safe city in which to live, thrive and study in.
Norway’s biggest industry is of course the off-shore sector. This has its main hubs in the west and south west, but Oslo has a share of this too. In addition, Oslo is the main city for banking and finance, creative business, media, architecture, NGOs, governmental departments and organisations, telecom, technology, transportation, import businesses and most retail chains in and outside of Norway, and a lot more.
No matter where the oil industry is heading, there is an expressed wish to develop a robust, diversified and sustainable future economy for Norway. The Oslo region is the key to achieve that. We don´t know yet what kind of industries will define us in the future – but we do know that innovation and entrepreneurship is the answer.