Global civil society activity in Oslo, Norway

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Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. During the Viking Age the area was part of Viken, the northernmost Danish province. Oslo was founded as a city at the end of the Viking Age in the year 1040 under the name Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada. The city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city functioned as the capital of Norway during the 1814–1905 union between Sweden and Norway. From 1877, the city's name was spelled Kristiania in government usage, a spelling that was adopted by the municipal authorities only in 1897. In 1925 the city, after incorporating the village retaining its former name, was renamed Oslo. In 1948 Oslo merged with Aker, a municipality which surrounded the capital and which was 27 times larger, thus creating the modern, vastly enlarged Oslo municipality.

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Meetings Statistics

From UIA's International Meetings Statistics Report

20 years

Oslo is ranked #30 over a 20 year period,
with 1350 meetings since 1998.

Top 25 in 2018

Oslo is ranked #24 in 2018, with 91 meetings.

Local UIA Partner

Norway Convention Bureau


Norway boasts modern conference venues close to nature and a wide array of incentive activities that make for truly memorable meetings. If you are looking for an event guaranteed to inspire, invigorate and re-energise, you will find Norway is a natural choice.

Unique experiences

Norway offers a wealth of exciting incentive programmes for both small and large groups, and provides itineraries with a real sense of adventure and memorable activities that will stay with participants long after they return back home. Whether dog sledding under the northern lights, golfing in the midnight sun or spotting polar bears on Svalbard, an incentive meeting in Norway never fails to impress.

Stunning nature

Norway also boasts conference and meeting venues with nature right on their doorstep, bringing visitors closer to the great outdoors than any other destination. A great diversity of landscapes awaits, from deep fjords and rugged mountain peaks to vast snowy plateaus and a coastline dotted with thousands of islands. So wherever you choose to hold your event, you can expect a stunning backdrop.

A year-round destination

Norway is a year-round destination with warm summer days and a temperate winter climate (not as cold as many believe, thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream), meaning you can hold your conference or event here whatever the season. The midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter will lend your event an additional, unique dimension.

Organizations based in Oslo

Nordic Swimming Federations Association

NordForsk Est. 2005

Norwegian Nobel Institute Est. 1904

ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee Est. 2000

Nordic College of Caring Science Est. 1981

Nordisk Film and TV Fond Est. 1990

World Association of Veterinary Anatomists Est. 1957

Nordic Railway Association

Norwegian Peace Association Est. 1885

Nordisk Skibsrederforening Est. 1889

Digni Est. 1983

Nordic Association of University Administrators Est. 1975

Norwegian Church Ministry to Israel

Nordic Innovation

Atlas Alliance

European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage

International Democrat Union Est. 1983

Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research Est. 1965

Association for International Water Studies Est. 1988

Nordic Organization of Customs Officials

International Emergency Management Society Est. 1993

Nordic Alliance of the Hard of Hearing

Nordic Energy Research Est. 1999

Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law Est. 1963

Nordic Handicap Federation Est. 1946

View More profiles (142 total) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

Future Events in Oslo

2022 Annual CongressEuropean Orthodontic Society

2022 CongressInternational Federation for Structural Concrete

2022 General AssemblyEuropean Federation of Orthodontic Specialists Associations

2022 Annual General MeetingInternational Veteran Cycle Association

2021 NOR-SHIPPING: Biennial International Shipbuilding and Maritime Conference

2021 Annual General AssemblyPIANC

2021 SeminarEuropean Academy of Paediatric Dentistry

2021 Annual ConferenceInternational Society for Medical Innovation and Technology

2021 Biennial CongressScandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine

2020 Enlighten Europe ConferenceInternational Association of Lighting Designers

2020 Biennial ConferenceInternational Association for Research in Income and Wealth

2020 ConferenceEuropean Health Economics Association

2020 Global MeetingTerraLex

2020 Annual General MeetingInternational Academy of Family Lawyers

2020 WorkshopNordic Finance Network

2020 Annual ConferenceEuropean Association of Research Managers and Administrators

2020 European Congress on Trauma and Emergency SurgeryEuropean Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery

2020 Nordic MeetingNordic CLL Study Group

View More Future Events (18 total) in The International Congress Calendar

Past Events in Oslo

2020 Annual Meeting – Nordic Society of Gynecological Oncology
2020 Meeting – Nordic Geological Winter Meeting
2019 Annual Meeting – Scandinavian Endodontic Society
2019 Our Ocean International Conference
2019 Annual Conference – European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering
2019 Annual Meeting – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators
2019 Biennial Conference – Plain Language Association International
2019 Annual World Congress – International Federation of Landscape Architects
2019 Annual Congress – European Society of Neuroradiology
2019 Annual Conference – European Network of Teratology Information Services
2019 Annual Meeting – Scandinavian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
2019 Annual Conference – European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care
2019 Triennial General Assembly – International Union of Biological Sciences
2019 Biennial Meeting – International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology
2019 Congress – European Academy of Neurology
2019 Conference – Nordic Logistics Research Network
2019 Congress – Association européenne du commerce des pommes de terre
2019 NOR-SHIPPING: Biennial International Shipbuilding and Maritime Conference
2019 Biennial Conference – Societas Heraldica Scandinavica
2019 Urban Future Global Conference
2019 Maritime and Transport Law Conference – International Bar Association
2019 UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators Network (FCN) Annual Meeting – United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
2019 International Workshop on Resilient Roads and Climate Change Adaptation – World Road Association
2019 Meeting – World Road Association
2019 Business for Peace Summit – Business for Peace Foundation

View More Past Events (2862 total) in The International Congress Calendar

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