Surrounded by forests and lakes, Norway’s eclectic capital boasts a wide range of outdoor activities and is also a cultural and economic hotspot. Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest growing capitals with a skyline that is constantly changing to accommodate a growing population.
Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of which are among the world’s largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers.
Oslo is considered a global city and was ranked number one in terms of quality of life among European large cities in the European Cities of the Future 2012 report by fDi magazine. Oslo is ranked as the second most expensive city in the world for living expenses after Tokyo.
As of January 2015, the municipality of Oslo has a population of approx. 650.000 while the population of the city’s metropolitan area had an estimated population of 1.7 million.