Home to Frogner Park, the world’s largest single-artist sculpture display showcasing over 200 bronze, granite and wrought-iron sculptures, Oslo is the capital city for the Kingdom of Norway.
The Norwegian capital constitutes both a municipality and a county.
Norway exported an estimated US$89.1 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Norway’s highest-value exports are oil, fish, aluminum, organic chemicals and nickel according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Oslo, Norway: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Fram Polar Ship Museum, The Royal Palace, Akershus Castle and Fortress, Oslo City Hall and the Vigeland Museum
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Oslo, Norway:
- Alisha Boe, actress (born Mar. 6, 1997)
- Mats Zuccarello, professional hockey player (born Sep. 1, 1987)
- Harald V of Norway, King of Norway (born Feb. 21, 1937)
- Jens Stoltenberg, former prime minister (born Mar. 16, 1959)
- Mathis Bolly, soccer player/footballer (born Nov. 14, 1990)
- Mix Diskerud, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 2, 1990)
- Maria Mena, pop singer (born Feb. 19, 1986)
- Nora Mork, handball player (born Apr. 5, 1991)
- Mariella Frostrup, journalist (born Nov. 12, 1962)
- John Fredriksen, oil tanker/shipping magnate (born May 10, 1944)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Oslo resident: Oslovian
Population: 658,390 (Oslo city limits)
Density: 3,547 people per square mile (1,369 per square kilometer)
Population: 942,084 (Oslo built-up urban area)
Density: 3,856 people per square mile (1,489 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,422,442 (Greater Oslo Region)
Density: 414 people per square mile (160 per square kilometer)
Population: 5,265,158 (Norway)
Density: 45 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$364.7 billion as of October 2016 (for Norway, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $69,296
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Oslo were unavailable.
Official currency used in Oslo: Norwegian krone
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 13, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 13, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 13, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 13, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 15, 2017
Official Government Website, Oslo Municipality. Accessed on December 13, 2016
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on December 13, 2016
Vigeland museet og parken, The Vigeland Park. Accessed on December 13, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 13, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on December 13, 2016
Wikipedia, Greater Oslo Region. Accessed on December 13, 2016
Wikipedia, Norway. Accessed on February 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Oslo. Accessed on December 13, 2016
World Population Review, Oslo Population 2016. Accessed on December 13, 2016
Encompassing 40 islands within city limits, the Oslo municipality covers 186 square miles (481 square kilometers) which served as home to 658,390 inhabitants as January 2016.
Oslo’s urbanized territory includes 15 boroughs enlarging the land area to 244 square miles (633 square kilometers), with a population of 942,084.
The Greater Oslo Region also includes Oslo city plus Akershus country and selected municipalities from Buskerud, Oppland, Vestfold and Østfold. The population count is approximately 1.4 million inhabitants for the more extensive geographic entity measuring 3,434 square miles (8,894 square kilometers).
At the country level, Norway’s land area covers 117,484 square miles (304,282 square kilometers). The national population count was 5.3 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Oslo’s municipality has an average of 3,500 inhabitants per square mile (1,400 per square kilometer), outpaced by the population density of Oslo’s total urbanized area which is about 3,900 per square mile (1,500 per square kilometer) once its surrounding boroughs are factored in.
For the vast land area known as the Greater Oslo Region, density drops significantly to 414 Norwegians per square mile (160 per square kilometer).
For Norway overall, population density lowers an average 45 inhabitants per square mile (17 per square kilometer).