About Stavanger

The city of Stavanger is part of the Greater Stavanger Region and is situated on a peninsula along the south-west coast of Norway. The city itself is metropolitan and diverse, yet surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery Norway has to offer.

The Greater Stavanger Region is the third largest populated area in Norway, with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The city is the energy capital of Norway and most of the oil industry is concentrated here. It is therefore affluent with a strong international orientation. Stavanger has however managed to preserve its local identity. Stavanger was European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Stavanger is intimate, and with its centre arrayed around a pretty harbor and is’s appeal is much about atmosphere as anything else. It has a vibrant cultural scene and nightlife, with concerts and events, and a great number of fun and welcoming pubs and bars. Most nights the waterfront is buzzing with life, and it is therefore also a central meeting place for our international guests. You will notice that when the city is hosting an event, the whole atmosphere will spill into the city.

The Stavanger region promotes itself as the culinary region of Norway, and some of Norway’s best restaurants can be found in Stavanger.

An active lifestyle, for all inhabitants, is part of the Norwegian society. Sports for professionals, amateurs and disabled is fundamental in the official Norwegian strategy of a healthy and active society for all. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Stavanger region with its many venues, sports associations and national or international competitions and events.

The landscape of the Stavanger region is an adventure in itself. Out by the coast to the southwest you find the vast North Sea and 70 km of white sandy beaches. Further inland, the landscape rises somewhat, and gently rolling hills give way to extreme mountains. To the east of Stavanger are fjords that let you experience narrow passages inland between tall, extremely steep mountainsides.

Over the past 30 years Stavanger has acquired a strong reputation for hosting a variety of international events. A dynamic university, a university hospital and various international research centres make the Stavanger region a competent and interesting host for events and conferences. The ONS, held every second year, attracts more than 40,000 visitors to Stavanger Forum each time.

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