Oslo, Norway

Organisation: Oslo Convention Bureau
Contact: Liz Wennevold
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 83%
Social Performance 79%
Supplier Performance 90%
Destination Management Performance 86%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Oslo is located at the head of Oslo Fjord, surrounded by forested ridges. Strict laws regulate the exploitation of the forests, to the benefit of future generations of Oslo citizens as well as visitors. This unspoiled environment is an important asset for Oslo and the surrounding countryside also provides recreational opportunities for the city’s inhabitants and visitors, in summer and winter alike. Oslo is indeed a walking city, but the public transport system is well developed: buses, trams, local trains, underground and ferries are all a part of the network. The city can also boost with the largest metro system in North- Europe! There is a common fare system for all local transport within the city borders, including transport directly into the extensive forests 20 minutes away – for hiking, biking or just relaxing in an unspoilt environment. The buses are, to an increasing extent, run on bio fuel. City bikes are located all over town with a total of 200 bike stands, (42% of Oslo’s commuter’s bike) and there are approximately 5000 charging stands for electric cars scattered around Oslo. The inhabitants pride themselves to recycle every bottle setting a new record in 2016 and recycling of waste in private homes is today a common procedure. Awarded European Green City 2019.

Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

The municipality of Oslo has a strong vision for Oslo as a sustainable city, and many actions are in operation: Oslo has a vision that Oslo shall be a capital city in sustainable development, characterised by economic, social and cultural growth according to nature's ability to sustain that growth ecologically. We shall pass on the city to the next generation in a better environmental condition than we ourselves inherited it. Oslo shall be one of the world's most environmentally friendly and sustainable capital cities.

Corruption Perception ranking
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
Gender Inequality Index ranking

Oslo shall be one of the world's most environmentally friendly and sustainable capital cities. There are three major environmental agents certifying the Norwegian meetings industry/ The Nordic Swan, Eco-Lighthouse and ISO 14001. 99% of the hotels are eco- certified, and many of them serve organic or fairtrade food. Some hotel chains have special programs like EAT (http://www.eatforum.org/). Oslo’s eco-eating options are varied. The selection of eateries that base their foods on ecological ingredients ranges from some of of the city’s most reasonable cafés to the gourmet restaurant Maaemo, which received two stars in the 2012 Guide Michelin.

City's hotels easily accessible by public transport to/from congress and exhibition centres
PCOs and DMCs have a written sustainability policy
Exhibition centres have sustainability certification

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Has the CVB established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?
Does the destination regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress?
Does the CVB support or lead local sustainability training for cities MICE industry?
Does the CVB support or local authorities provide incentives or funding for organisations wanting to gain sustainability certification or issue a sustainability reports
Does the CVB provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions?
Does CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local community?

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