Events in Oslo: High quality at reasonable prices

Five myths about Oslo debunked

We deconstruct five common myths that portay Oslo as an expencive and remote city.

1: Alcohol in Oslo is more expensive than gold

Drink at Abelone
Drink at Abelone
Photo: Abelone

 

This is a long-standing myth owing to past exchange rates of the Norwegian krone. Today’s rates are much friendlier to the euro or the dollar, than they were three years ago, making Oslo a much more affordable city. According to The Economist 2017 report on costs of living, Oslo isn’t even in the top ten of the world’s most expensive cities anymore.

Having a beer on a hip Aker Brygge terrace or a cocktail in trendy Grunerløkka speakeasy won’t be more expensive that doing something comparable in Zurich, Geneva, Paris, or Copenhagen, which are, for their part, in the top ten.

 

2: The price of accommodation will ruin the participants to my event, forcing them to sleep in squalid conditions

Reception at The Thief
Reception at The Thief
Photo: The Thief/Studio Dreyer-Hensley

 

Oslo offers a wide range of accommodation to choose from, but the standard, as is usually the case in Norway, is high. Although Norway does not have a star denomination system, you will not find seedy hotels or run down boarding houses here. In addition, the rates always include breakfast and VAT on hotel rooms is only 10%.

According to priceoftravel.com, prices for 2016 were on average 109 USD for a room/night in a three-star hotel equivalent and 138 USD for a night in a four-star hotel equivalent. Unless your participants are buying real estate and not renting rooms, they will have enough change for souvenirs after checking out of their hotel.

 

3: Meeting facilities in Norway must be prohibitively expensive

Oslo Kongressenter
Oslo Kongressenter
Photo: VisitOSLO/Susanne A. Finnes

 

Norwegians wages are high and everyone, even young people and those in entry level jobs, are paid a living wage. This means prices for anything requiring manpower must be through the roof, right? Not at all! According to a survey by meetpie.com, on the value for money offered by European congress centres, Oslo Congress Centre scored 5th best out of 20 in Europe. Oslo Congress Centre, with its 1400 seats in classroom setup, located in the very centre of Oslo and within walking distance of over 3000 hotel rooms.

Knowing that human costs are incompressible, Norwegian businesses go to great lengths to maximise efficiency and reduce all types of waste, whether that be energy, foodstuffs or materials, making them both competitive and eco-friendly.

 

4: Travelling to Oslo is an expedition in itself

Oslo Airport Gardermoen
Oslo Airport Gardermoen
Photo: Nordic Office of Architecture

 

One of the reasons you are seeing more and more Norwegian tourists in your country is because it is so easy for us to travel to you. This also means it has become very simple for you to visit us. Oslo airport, located a mere 20 minutes away by train from the city centre, is connected to 162 other airports, including European and international travel hubs.

With 14 direct daily flights from London, seven from Frankfurt, eight from Paris, and two from New York, Oslo is really not that hard to find. In addition, the train journey from the central station to the airport takes at most 22 minutes, with departures every ten minutes during the day.

 

5: The food will probably be disappointing: Norwegians only eat boiled fish and potatoes and the occasional sheep head

Oslo's new fish market
Oslo's new fish market
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

While Norway offers world class level fish and delicious potatoes, Oslo has in the past few years blossomed as a foodie destination. Norwegians travel the world and come back hungry for the tastes they have discovered abroad. This has been thrilling for adventurous restaurateurs who are willing to innovate and cater to new trends, often with an idiosyncratic Norwegian touch.

With a restaurant scene that offers everything from the Michelin starred Maemo, which celebrates the quality of Norwegian produce, to a mono-product restaurant serving only grilled cheese sandwiches, Oslo will surprise you with its diversity and excellence of skill in the culinary arts. On the other hand, if you are after the full Norwegian experience, feel free to buy the freshest shrimp you will ever taste directly from the fishermen at Aker Brygge, on the quay between the City Hall and the Fjord.

Oslo Convention Bureau provides free information on Oslo as a venue for meetings and conventions. Contact us today to start the planning of your meeting in Oslo.

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