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


Intercultural profile

Expert report 2010

Activities and projects

OXLO – Oslo Extra Large 

Oslo Intercultural strategy

 

Intercultural Cities Index


What is the ICC Index?

Results

 

Additional information


Intercultural organisations in Oslo

Web site for newcomers in Oslo

 

Useful links


Website dedicated to ICC

  

 


 

2010

2nd experts visit, 4-5 February 2010

Network study visit, 11-12 March 2010

 

General information

Official web site

 

Fabian Stang
Mayor

 

Oslo on the map (wikipedia)