Stavanger is a city and municipality in the county of Rogaland, Norway.
Stavanger municipality has a population of 121,610. In addition, there are 189,828 people living in the Stavanger suburban regions, making Stavanger the de facto third largest city in Norway. Stavanger is the centre of the Stavanger metropolitan area, which has a population of 297,569, and the administrative centre of Rogaland county. The city is commonly referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway.
The city, despite its age, has grown to become among the most influential and important Norwegian cities in the second half of the 20th century, after oil was discovered in the North Sea. Today there are significant foreign influences as a result of several major international oil companies’ presence in the city. Several other foreign influences can be found, and among the more prominent is the NATO Joint Warfare Center.
This is a western coast city with clear preferences as to organize big events. Norwegian oil enterprise is worldwide known and Stavanger is the city of oil in Norway. Travel time is less than 1 hour by plane from Oslo. For several years, the city had both men’s and women’s teams represented in the Norwegian top handball league. They also hosted the preliminary group matches and main round matches in the 1993 and 1999 World Handball Championship for Women and the EURO 2008 for Men.
Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Oslo was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III “Hardrada” of Norway, the city was largely destroyed by a fire in 1624. The Danish–Norwegian king Christian IV rebuilt the city as Christiania. In 1925 the city reclaimed its original Norwegian name, Oslo. The diocese of Oslo is one of the five original dioceses in Norway, which originated around the year 1070.
Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of them are amongst the world’s largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers. Oslo is a pilot city of the Council of Europe and the European Commission intercultural cities programme.
Oslo is considered a global city and ranked “Beta World City” in studies performed by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008.
As of 2010, the metropolitan area of Oslo has a population of 1,422,442 of whom 912,046 live in the contiguous conurbation. The population currently increases at a record rate of over 2% annually, making it the fastest growing capital in Europe. This growth stems from immigration, as the Norwegian population in the city is actually decreasing, increasingly changing Oslo into a multicultural city. The immigrant share of the population in the main city now counts more than 25%.
Oslo is a wonderful city and full of contrasts. Its natural beauty, in combination with all the facilities of a modern metropolis, adds to the charm of a city often called “the world’s biggest village”. Oslo’s location between the fjord and the forested hills makes it an exciting city for leisure time activities.
Telenor Arena is a multi-use indoor stadium at Fornebu just outside Oslo by the beautiful Oslo Fjord. Telenor Arena has hosted concerts by Andrea Bocelli and Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and big events as The Oslo International Horse Show. In November 2013 we had the pleasure to have the first international handball matches in the arena during Bring Cup. Croatia, Denmark, France and Norway competed and it was a great test for the Norwegian Handball Federation to see how the arena could be.
Telenor Arena has a capacity of 15.000 spectators appr. 10 km for city centre.