Norway’s capital is the most international of all the Norwegian cities.
Living in Oslo
As the country’s capital, Oslo is the first choice for many new arrivals. It’s by far the most internationalised city in Norway. Of Oslo’s population of more than 650,000, around 160,000 are immigrants with almost 50,000 Norwegian-born to immigrant parents. To serve this growing international community, many employers especially in retail, hospitality and food, actively seek out speakers of other languages.
Areas of Oslo
Choose where to live with our guide to the areas of Oslo. From the trendy waterside apartments of Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen in the city centre, to the detached houses in the leafy western suburbs, Oslo offers a variety of locations to suit all tastes and all budgets.
Much of Oslo’s compact downtown area can be navigated on foot. It’s flat with several easily recognisable landmarks. The suburbs spread out for many miles, however. Thankfully, there is a very good integrated public transport system, consisting of trains, metro and bus, to move you around the city with ease. Read our complete guide to public transport in Oslo.
The city is not a known retail destination but residents will find almost everything they need within easy reach. Supermarkets are scattered throughout the city and its suburbs. Read our guide to shopping in Oslo to discover the main retail districts and malls.