Culture, Heritage and Diversity


Norway: City Network on Diversity and Ethnic Equality

In 2010 it was proposed to form a network for matters of diversity and ethnic equality amongst the cities Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Kristiansand. The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) and The directorate of Diversity and Integration (IMDi) are invited to participate in the meetings.


The network will share information and experiences between those responsible for, or involved in the cities on mainstreaming services to a diverse population.


The mandate for the activities in the network is related to ethnic equality and

Service providing and the city as employers

Democratic participation, representation and contribution

Elementary, secondary and higher education

Work and business development

Work-immigration and migration

Discrimination and racism

International results on intercultural cities, migration and service provision

Relevant research reports - e.g. research done by the larger cities in Norway

Initiatives in regard to national authorities

Dissemination on “Charter on Integrating Cities”

The Network will meet at least once a year in one of the cities. The host and secretariat of following meeting will be chosen at the meeting. The City of Oslo – by Department of Cultural Affairs and Business development will host and be secretariat in 2012.


The specific objective of the network is to facilitate the exchange experiences between member cities in order to encourage further development of intercultural policies and practices.


Map of participating cities




1st Meeting of the Network, 7 February 2012, Oslo



Mandate of the Nework

EUROCITIES Charter on Integrating Cities