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Best of the World: eight unmissable cultural experiences for 2022 and beyond
Oslo made it to the National Geographic Traveller's list of the top 8 cities to visit! The fjord city, the new MUNCH museum, the Nobel Peace Center, and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
International Emmy Award to Atlantic Crossing TV-Mini Series!
Congratulations to "Atlantic Crossing" who won the International Emmy in the category best TV movie or miniseries. The series is about the close relationship between Crown Princess Märtha and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. Have you seen it?
Oslo Innovation Week
Oslo Innovation Week brings forward new voices and innovation in action. We highlight bold solutions that solve real global challenges through entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation. A week of 80+ events, organized by 140+ amazing partners. Join us from wherever you are. All you have to do is sign up for your favorite events!
Government Reveals Plan To Open Border
As of September 25th, Norway has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, will allow residents of all EU/EEA/Schengen countries to enter the country. Residents of so-called purple countries will also be permitted to enter, along with residents of the U.K. and Switzerland. In phase two, the government will open the border to all countries on the EU’s third country list. The quarantine period will be removed. This phase is expected to come into force in 3-4 weeks.
The restaurants, bars and cafés Norwegian fashion insiders love
Areas such as Grünerløkka, St. Hanshaugen and Tøyen are still as trendy as ever, but the bright and shiny new places being developed right by the sea are particularly cool right now. Like a moth to the flame, restaurateurs and hip entrepreneurs have been flocking to open up places here. You'll find small art galleries such as Kösk showcasing modern art, the towering Munch Museum, Instagram-friendly spots to have a bite, and lots of places to hang out while gazing out at the fjord.
10 super promising Oslo-based startups to look out for in 2021
EU-Startups have scouted promising early-stage startups based in Oslo, founded in the last 3 years, taking into consideration team size, funding, growth rate, innovation, and market size. Here are 10 super promising Oslo-based startups worth following in 2021 and beyond:
Discover new towns in the Oslo Region
Work in Horten - a Youtube playlist of why you should consider working and living in Horten
Peter Thiel joins Norway’s SNÖ Ventures for new $100m fund
Oslo-based VC firm SNÖ Ventures has launched a new $100m fund for Nordic tech companies, and is welcoming billionaire Peter Thiel as an investor and strategic partner. This is the firm’s second fund, and will focus on early stage, high-growth companies from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark.
Norway's higher education institutions have a high growth of international applicants for 2021/2022 academic year
Eight out of ten universities are experiencing growth in the number of applicants from abroad. At Oslo Met, the increase for international programs is as much as 161%.
Norway’s Kolonial rebrands as Oda, bags $265M on a $900M valuation to grow its online grocery delivery business in Europe
Kolonial is to be rebranded as Oda as they are expanding into Finland and Germany. Kolonial picks up more funding from ecommerce successes SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 and Prosus, in addition to previous backers.
The Newcomer’s Guide to Oslo
Bakken & Bæck is a digital studio based in Oslo and in recent years has had a lot of internationals join their office in Oslo. Here are their tips for internationals relocating to Oslo.
Hamar, a vibrant buzzy town for an international
"Moving to Norway, to a town randomly dictated by a job offer, in the middle of a global pandemic, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Hamar. Much to my astonishment (having moved in the middle of July), I landed in a vibrant, buzzy beach town"
What is it like to just pick up and move to an new country?
Italian Marco Tagliabue moved to Oslo in 2015 for his PhD. He didn't intend to stay but he is still here, now as an associative professor at OsloMet. What's his story?
"Oslo is not a big city – it's small and green and perfectly balanced with everything that a capital should have"
Visit Oslo has partnered up with Quoted Magazine and presents five intimate narratives complete with city secrets and recommendations
"Quite simply, Whereby is the easiest way to meet over video”: Interview with Whereby’s co-founder Ingrid Ødegaard
In the time of Teams-fatigue and Zoom-ed out, Whereby offers a simple and user friendly interface for your more-than-ever important digital meetings. Read more about Whereby and its 4 million users.
Five reasons why 2021 will be the year of venture in Norway
Norselab takes a closer look at trends affecting the Norwegian venture environment, the impact of the pandemic and why we believe 2021 will be the year of venture capital in Norway.
Norway wealth fund tells firms: put more women on your boards
Norway’s $1.3 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, wants the companies it invests in globally to boost the number of women on their boards and to consider setting targets if fewer than 30% of their directors are female
Norway is the safest country for expats to move to in 2021, new study shows
A study by MoverDB revealed the top international locations for expats to move to remotely post-coronavirus, highlighting the cities with the best safety, quality of life, and work-life balance.
What is ‘friluftsliv’? How an idea of outdoor living could help us this winter
Friluftsliv (pronounced “free-loofts-liv”) translates roughly to “open-air living” and is deeply engrained in Norway's heritage.
What to expect as a foreign student in Oslo?
Learn about housing, language, friends, work, activities and what makes Oslo an ideal city for students. Get real and authentic firsthand impressions from international students.
Floating lab for ocean industries
The Ocean Opportunity Lab, a “floating lab” for ocean industries, connects international companies with greentech innovators in Norway.
Will Ferrell Becomes Obsessed With Norway In GM Super Bowl Ad Teasers
Per capita, Norwegians buy more electric cars than anyone else in the world. In fact, 54% of all vehicles sold last year in Norway were electric. Will Ferrell jokingly directs his ire at Norwegians in a new series of videos from General Motors teasing its upcoming Super Bowl commercial.
A SoftBank-backed education start-up could be Europe’s first major tech IPO in 2021
Oslo-based Kahoot is backed by SoftBank, Microsoft and Disney, as well as venture capital firms Creandum and Northzone.
How to live like a Scandi
Take an eco-conscious mini-break among the fjords, mountains and saunas of Oslo.
Full steam ahead at Aleap
Aleap - the health tech co-working space in Oslo Science Park - is the largest innovation community in the Nordics that is solely dedicated to health care, with a focus spanning the entirety of the field.
VisitOSLO's guide to urban art
This interactive map highlights some of the best street art and graffiti in Oslo.