Oslo. Europe's fastest growing capital.

A city, that seems like the ultimate place for both Norwegians and internationals, to work and live. Norwegians are very proud of the good work/life balance we have here, our short distance to nature, the Nobel Peace Prize, Munch, winter sports, and in general a pretty good way of life. 

But why would anyone choose Oslo over bigger and more exciting metropolises around the world? Or over our Scandinavian neighbours; Copenhagen and Stockholm?

Oslo is, in a word, compact. Here you will find everything you need within easy reach. But we do have a lot of room. Not only physical space for growth, but room for new ideas, for study, for innovation, for entrepreneurship – and for offering almost 5.000 live performances (more than Copenhagen and Stockholm) in a year. Being small, we also have short distances – from urban centres to quiet forests, from ski slopes to the waterfront, from the place you work to the place you live. In our informal, egalitarian society other distances are short as well – from people to power and from words to action.

Finally, Oslo is geared for the future. We are early adopters of new technology, we have a hot start-up scene, and we are Europe’s fastest growing capital, with a high and increasing ratio of young, well-educated people. - from

So if all the above apply, why do we not attract more global talent? And when we do, why do internationals strive to feel at home in the city that seems to have so much to offer?

We can think of many reasons. But to get to the bottom of this, we want to talk to the internationals themselves. And the educational institutions and companies that welcomes them.

What can we as Norwegians and as a capital do different?