Culture, Heritage and Diversity


Intercultural city: Oslo, Norway


Most people do not think of Oslo as a place of great cultural diversity. Norway was isolated from the main flows of internal European migration for many centuries and was not a colonial power. It is still a relatively new nation only recently celebrating its centenary of independence. For many years it was primarily a country of emigration as people left behind poverty for a new life in the US and Canada. Only in the 1970s, with the revival of the economy led by offshore oil production, did the tide turn and Norway became a place of attraction for immigrants and the majority of them have settled in the capital, Oslo, adding a cosmopolitan touch to this quiet capital of the North.


Population diversity

Oslo is the capital of Norway. It has a population of 580,000. The majority group makes up 74% of the city’s inhabitants. This group can be further divided by place of birth: 40% were born in Oslo, 40% were born in another part of Norway and moved to Oslo, whilst only 20% were born abroad. 26% of the city's total population are foreign-born. Out of these 19% are first-generation, whilst second generation make up 7%. The ethnic composition of the city’s population in descending order comprises: Pakistani-3.60%; Pakistani descedent-3.6%; Somali-2%; Swedish-1.5%; Polish-1.5%; Tamil-1.2%; Iraqi-1%; Turkish-1%; Marrocan- 0.9%; Vietnamese-0.9%; and Iranian-0.9%.


Profile and activities

PROUD OSLO - Action Plan for Equality and Freedom, regardless of Gender Expression, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

Intercultural profile

Expert report 2010

Activities and projects

OXLO – Oslo Extra Large 

Oslo Intercultural strategy


Intercultural Cities Index

What is the ICC Index?



Additional information

Intercultural organisations in Oslo

Web site for newcomers in Oslo


Useful links

Website dedicated to ICC





2nd experts visit, 4-5 February 2010

Network study visit, 11-12 March 2010


General information

Official web site


Fabian Stang


Oslo on the map (wikipedia)