Gay Oslo - a guide to Norway's LGBT-friendly capital

Gay Oslo

Oslo has nightlife, shopping, restaurants, great nature and a varied culture programme, in addition to an open and lively gay scene.

The Norwegian society is, generally speaking, liberal towards the LGBTIQ community. Norway has several gay public figures, in entertainment and sports as well as in politics and business. In fact, both the Minister of Health and the former chairman of Oslo's city council are openly gay.

No matter which letter you identify with, be it LGBTIQ or something else, you are welcome in Oslo. We do of course have bars and events particularly aimed at the LGBTIQ community, but you are not required to seek out special places – look for activities that suit you and your interests! 


'Inclusivity is often just a buzz-word, but we found in Gay Oslo sexuality was (generally speaking) a non-issue.' The Essential Guide To Gay Travel In Oslo, Norway 

‘Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and boys and girls who love each other. Norwegians believe in God, Allah, everything and nothing …
In other words: you are Norway. We are Norway.’

King Harald speaking in the Palace Park, 1 September 2016

Hear the whole speech in the video below (with English subtitles):  

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