The name Norway comes from the Old English word Norðrveg(r) mentioned in 880, meaning “northern way” or “way leading to the north”, which the Anglo-Saxon named the coastline of atlantic Norway. In contrasting with suðrvegar “southern way” for Germany, and austrvegr “eastern way” for the Baltic.[citation needed] The Anglo-Saxon of Britain also referred the kingdom of Norway in 880 as Norðmanna land. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Bergen Movies and foodies Meetup – This group is for people interested in going to the movies or theatre or concerts and also trying out some of the restaurants in Bergen. I go to lots of shows and movies and would love to meet other entertainment enthusiasts. We could meet at the movies or theatre, and have a drink or meal afterwards. [meetup]

Bergen Online Marketing Meetup – This is a group for anyone based in Bergen, Norway and interested in digital marketing and technical innovation, etc. All skills levels are welcome. We started this Meetup because we work in a super exciting industry at a very exciting time. It would be good to get together to socialise and discuss the latest goings on. Mostly Norwegian but all languages welcome. [meetup]

BitShift – Bergen IT Shift, Bitshift, is an independent user group for developers and architects who work with various technologies. The purpose of Bitshift is to exchange experiences on tools and technologies, advising and focusing on best practices. The target group for Bitshift developers and architects. [meetup]

Board Games- Oslo – Enjoy playing Board Games, but cannot find enough players, or may be want to try new board games? Finding players should not be the problem! The aim of this group is to meet, socialize and play with others who enjoy playing Board Games. [meetup]

Crafty Beer Oslo – This meetup is for people who are just interested in getting to know people over a beer or two whilst checking out some interesting bars and microbreweries in the city. [meetup]

East End Girls – This group is for women who want to connect with other women for socializing, networking, and just plain fun. Events will range from casual short meetups to lengthier and sometimes fancier meet ups. From time to time there will be events where men are welcome, but most events will be for women only. Variety and creativity is supported and encouraged! [meetup]

Friluftsgruppe for jenter (vandring, jakt, fiske m.m.) – This is a pure girl group of us who love the outdoors, whether that means hiking, hunting, fishing, harvesting, biking or whatever it may be – out in the breathtaking Norwegian nature. The purpose is to gather like-minded girls and share experiences and knowledge, and hopefully get some public tours / activities ahead – preferably in eastern Norway. [meetup]

Millennials in Oslo (Under 35s) – Born somewhere in the range early 1980s-mid 1990s? Step right in. We’re an informal group who get together to enjoy this great (little) city we call home. Our primary language is English to cater for those new to the country, but Norwegian and beyond very welcome too. [meetup]

Oslo Book Club – We are a book club which encourages its members to lead the group the way they would like. Our club was born on Meetup in the dark depths of Winter 2012, as a way to meet new people and discover great books over candle-lit warm drinks. [meetup]

Stavanger Book Club – This is a group for those interested in reading and sharing life impressions. Meet ups will revolve around the discussions on selected books. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date – is a good runner-up to It is one of the largest Norwegian dating sites, with over half a million members. Moteplassen is available to residents of both Norway and Sweden. The site launched in 2003 but has obviously kept itself updated over the years, because the site is beautiful. Everything is well-designed, navigation flows well, and the many features all work like a charm. Overall I was highly impressed with this site. If you live in Norway or Sweden, definitely give this site a try. [visa hunter] – is the best online dating site in Norway. Sukker, which means “Sugar” in English, is ideal for those in the 25 to 45 age group range. At 0.88 women per 1 man, it has a good gender balance. I also like how they disable any profile that has not been active in the last 4 months (I wish all online dating sites did this instead of inflating their membership numbers by holding on to inactive profiles). If I had to sign up for just one online dating site in Norway, this would be it. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Fjord Tours – With thousands of kilometers of tracks, walking and hiking options are available to suit all levels of fitness and experience. Norway’s unique and magnificent nature scenery is the perfect backdrop for a truly memorable hiking experience. [fjord tours]

Sherpa Expeditions – This trip is the ideal introduction into the magic of Norwegian walking; it is undertaken from several centres using easy transportation on trains and boats in between. From Oslo, you travel by rail to some of the wildest, most spectacular, classic “picture postcard” settings within the realms of Norwegian mountain and fjordland. Many people enjoy taking a leisurely cruise up the coast to see the beauty of the country from below, but on this tour you can be looking down and walking amongst the highlands, a much more engaging experience. [sherpa expeditions]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Arctic Circle – A sizable section of northern Norway is located within the Arctic Circle, a fact that provides the country with two of its most popular tourist attractions. The first, the Midnight Sun, is an impressive sight and experience. During the summer months, surrounding the summer solstice, these latitudes see endless days when the sun doesn’t set. [planet ware]

Atlantic Ocean Road – The Atlantic Ocean Road – one of 18 National Tourist Routes in Norway – is not only a vital connection for the maze of tiny islands it serves, it’s also a lure for anglers, diving enthusiasts and visitors wanting to get as close as possible to the sea. Although just over five miles long, it’s gained a reputation as one of the most spectacular stretches of coastal highway in the world, weaving through an archipelago in Eide and Averøy in More og Rømsdal. [planet ware]

Geirangerfjord – Part of the spectacular Fjord Norway network – and regularly topping the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list – the Geirangerfjord region north of Ålesund offers some of the finest scenery anywhere in Norway. The eastward continuation of the Sunnylvsfjord, the Geirangerfjord boasts some of the country’s most spectacular views. One of the best is from the summit of Dalsnibba: at 4,905ft, the views of the surrounding mountains and the Geirangerfjord far below are simply breathtaking. [planet ware]

Hurtigruten – A way of life since its establishment in 1893, the incredible Hurtigruten ferry system continues to be a vital connection between the country’s far-flung corners. Although nostalgically referred to as coastal steamers, the modern ships of the Hurtigruten carry freight and passengers on regular services that have become increasingly popular amongst tourists. [planet ware]

Jotunheimen – The largest Alpine region on the Norwegian high plateau, the Jotunheimen covers an area of 1,351 square miles and includes Scandinavia’s highest mountains. It’s also home to many spectacular waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers and wildlife, such as large reindeer populations. Two of this national park’s mountains rise to heights of over 8,000ft, the highest being Galdhøpiggen. Despite its tremendous height, Galdhøpiggen can be climbed in about four hours. Although a guide is required, the incredible views over rocky crags and fields of ice from the summit make it money well spent. [planet ware]

Lillehammer – Located above Lake Mjøsa at the south end of the Gudbrandsdal valley, Lillehammer is one of Norway’s best-known year-round tourist destinations. In summer, it’s all about attractions such as Malhaugen Park, an open-air museum consisting of more than 100 historic buildings, including 18th Century farmhouses, workshops and a stave church. Another notable landmark is Peer Gynt’s Cottage. [planet ware]

National Day – Held each May 17th, Norway’s Constitution Day – usually referred to as National Day – marks the country’s independence from Denmark in 1814. It’s a tremendously colorful day, and as important to Norway as the 4th of July is to the US. Best of all, it really doesn’t matter where in the country you happen to be at the time as communities of all sizes celebrate the occasion with colorful processions with banners, flags and bands. [planet ware]

Scenic Rail Routes – There’s no better way to see Norway’s stunning countryside than by train. Perhaps surprisingly for such a mountainous country, Norway’s rail lines stretch more than 2,000 miles, encountering along the way some 775 tunnels and over 3,000 bridges. The best scenic routes begin in Oslo, including the Bergen Railway, which runs over the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. [planet ware]

Spitzbergen – The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, centered on the island of Spitzbergen, lies just 810 miles from the North Pole. Although covering an area of 24,200 square miles, its population of only 3,700 hardy souls lives in five settlements, including Ny Ålesund (population 70), the world’s most northerly settlement. Although settled by Vikings in 1194, the area was rediscovered more than 400 years later by Dutch navigator Willem Barents while searching for the Northwest Passage to China. [planet ware]



Grieg in Bergen – Music Maestro Edvard Grieg is Norway’s most acclaimed composer and, together with Ibsen and Munch, is widely regarded as one of Norway’s most influential artists of all time. This 10 week festival, held in his home town of Bergen every summer, is the city’s largest event for classical music, and is a fitting homage to its most famous son. A great opportunity to get better acquainted with the work of Edvard Grieg, the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016. [the culture trip]

Holmenkollen Ski Festival – Norwegians notoriously go bonkers for winter sports, and their craze is given free rein over a few days each winter during the Holmenkollen Ski Festival, proudly billed as ‘the world’s largest ski party.’ Nothing rallies the nation quite like it, as thousands make their way to Holmenkollen to cheer their favorite athletes and hundreds of thousands more stay glued to their screens over the four days to catch all the dramatic ski jumping and cross country skiing action live on TV. [the culture trip]

Ice Music Geilo – Ice Music Geilo: an alternative music festival where the instruments, the stage and the concert area are all carved out of local ice and snow. The brainchild of Norwegian Terje Isungset, the man who ‘invented’ ice music (and still performs every year in Geilo), the Ice Music Festival is the oldest festival of its kind in the world. Today it draws performers and visitors from far-flung corners of the globe, as both artists and audiences relish the opportunity to be part of a truly unique musical experience. All concerts take place outdoors, and are subject to the elements, but on a crisp, cloudless night, with the full moon lighting up the sky and the magical sound of the ice filling the air, something really magical happens here. Just remember to wrap up warm. [the culture trip]

Inferno – Norwegian black metal, an extreme sub-genre of heavy metal, is one of Norway’s biggest music exports, and the genre has tens of thousands of dedicated fans, both at home and abroad. Every spring the Inferno Festival draws a contingent of black clad, long haired aficionados who gather in the capital to cheer bands with chilly names like Mayhem, Immortal, Cadaver Inc., and Enslaved. Black lipstick optional, attitude a must. [the culture trip]

Midnight Sun Marathon – The world’s northernmost marathon takes place in the city of Tromsø, far above the Arctic Circle. It is a popular event that attracts runners from over 50 countries. The midnight sun, which doesn’t set in this part of Arctic Norway from mid-May to mid-July, means athletes compete in broad daylight despite the late evening kick off. Although the marathon itself is the main event, there is also a half-marathon, a 10K race, a 4.2K mini-marathon and a children’s fun run, so the whole family can join in. [the culture trip]

Polar Jazz – It’s cold up north. Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, lies at 78°N, only 1,316km from the North Pole, and temperatures in winter can drop to -30°C, although the average is a milder -16°C. And as the dark season drags on, with the sun not even rising above the horizon, days can seem long indeed. So Polar Jazz, with its lively music and warm atmosphere, is a much awaited event. Top Norwegian artists have performed here over the years, as well as a number of foreign guests, all attracted to the very special setting and the chance to take part in the world’s northernmost music festival, now in its 19th year. [the culture trip]

Riddu Riddu – This festival is one of the largest Sami gatherings in Scandinavia, celebrating Sami culture but also acting as a platform for various indigenous and non-indigenous people to exchange experiences and ideas. The programme is varied and features music, films and performing arts from around the world. The Riddu Riddu festival (the name means ‘little storm on the coast’) also offers a great opportunity to meet Sami people on their own turf as well as discover a threatened, but enduring culture. [the culture trip]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses – You will find two types of public bus in Oslo. The red ones are local buses, criss-crossing Oslo and providing links to all areas not served by one of the other forms of transport. The green buses are regional buses, travelling further afield and generally starting/finishing from Oslo bus terminal. [life in norway]

Oslo Metro System (T-Bane) – The T-Bane system is popular with commuters and leisure travellers. There are 6 lines numbered 1 to 6 covering much of the city. All lines converge through the city centre in a shared tunnel, so from Majorstuen, Nationaltheatret, Stortinget, Jernbanetorget, Grønland and Tøyen stations you can pick up any T-Bane line. [life in norway]

Passenger Ferries – Your ticket is valid on a limited number of passenger boats. The small islands close to the city – Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen and Langøyene – all fall within zone 1. Some commuter ferries also link Oslo with Nessoden and other towns further down the Oslofjord. [life in norway]

Trains – Local trains are run by the state railway company, NSB. Several commuter lines exist, including a popular one between Oslo and Drammen, via Skøyen, Lysaker and Asker. Be warned, these trains get very busy in rush-hour. [life in norway]

Trams – The tram (trikken in Norwegian) is an old, slow system of moving around Oslo, but provides a critical link to many parts of the city. [life in norway]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Blockchangers – Blockchangers organizing lectures, workshops and not least annually the annual conference Oslo Block Chain Day. The contents include an leads ia Block Chain, decentralization technology FINTECH, RegTech, health and energy. Blockchangers’ events are organized in collaboration with StartupLab, Mesh and Bitraf. Join Blockchangers to keep you informed and to participate in future events. [meetup]

Enonic Oslo – This group is for everyone interested in Enonic XP or related technologies. All skill levels are welcome. We started this group to help share knowledge of Enonic and how to build better sites and applications based on the platform. [meetup]

EPiServer developers in Oslo – This is a meetup group aimed at EPiServer developers – where we can come and discuss, share cool tips, have fun, and meet other peers! [meetup]

Framsia – Recite a Norwegian user technical frontend. If you are interested in development based on open web standards like JavaScript, CSS, HTML, SVG and similar technologies related to browsers, then recite the group for you. Recite hold regular meetups with both Norwegian and international speakers, with a strong focus on both academic quality and social enjoyment. [meetup]

Google Developer Group, Bergen – All users and developers on the Google stack is welcome here. Join us to receive updates on upcoming meetups in our group. [meetup]

Microsoft Data Platform User Group Norway – The User Group is a meeting place for everyone interested in or working with Microsoft Data Platform technologies including SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services & Analysis Services, Information Management (SQL Server Integration Services, Azure Data Factory (ADF) & Data Sync), Power BI, Analytics Platform System, Cortana Analytics Suite, Azure Data Lake, Azure DocumentDB, Azure HDInsight and Hadoop, Spark, & Storm on Azure, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Search, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure SQL Database and Azure Stream Analytics. [meetup]

Oslo Elm Meetup – A meetup for developers interested in the programming language Elm. We’ll organize meetups semi-frequently, where people can come to share and learn and eat pizza. The goal of the meetup group is to advocate Elm and functional programming for the web. [meetup]

Oslo Software Architecture – Group for those interested in the development of architecture as art. [meetup]

ProductTank Oslo – ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product Managers in Oslo to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited. Events include talks from guest speakers on topics around product management, networking opportunities, and a good old-fashioned chin-wag over a beer or two. [meetup]

Stavanger Software Developers Meetup – This is a meetup for software developers, a way for us to connect, learn from each other, and keep up with what’s new and interesting. Stavanger has a sizable software development community, but there don’t seem to be many good forums for it. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Coffee time for International Ladies – This is a group for Ladies ONLY who are interested in meet new people and exchange cultures.Our members come from different culture and different background.We are talking in English. [meetup]

English Improv Comedy in Oslo – We are a mix of international students, expats from different countries, and merry Norwegians(!). Many started their very first step into the world of improv with us. So try that bold first step yourself! No experiences necessary – all we need is a good spirit and a big laugh. [meetup]

Expats in Oslo – Are you new in town and feeling lost and bemused? Or have you been here a while and are looking to inject a bit of randomness into your social life? Then join us! We are a very diverse and interesting group and so far we have had all sorts of Meetups: dinner, ski lessons, concerts, cinema and, of course, drinks. [meetup]

Learn Chinese support group in Oslo – This is a group for people who are studying or interested in Chinese. I try to arrange different meetup groups for people at different levels, or with different needs, so that you get the most out of group meetings. [meetup]

Let’s learn spanish in Oslo – This meet up has been created for those who are interested in learning Spanish and make new friends sharing the same interests. In this group you will have the opportunity to learn the language with a Spanish teacher. Everyone is welcome to join our meeting. [meetup]

Spanish Language Practice in Oslo – Do you want to improve your Spanish while enjoying a picnic day and meeting new people? The idea of this meetup is to get together with people who want to improve their Spanish, and take advantage of the summer. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Harry Benjamin ressurssenter – Harry Benjamin ressurssenter (HBRS) is a resource center for transsexuals. [ oslo]

LLH – LLH (Landsforeningen for lesbiske og homofile) is the oldest and biggest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in Norway. [ oslo]

Oslo Pride/Skeive Dager – Skeive dager (Queer Days) is a festival held each june. This is the biggest cultural event for LGBTs in Norway, and people from several countries come to Oslo to join in on the fun. [ oslo]

Skeive Filmer – A festival of queer movies in the early fall. [ oslo]

Skeiv Ungdom – Skeiv Ungdom = Queer Youth. LLH’s youth organization. [ oslo]



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