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TELL US: Is Oslo a good city for foreigners to live in?

Is Oslo, Norway's biggest city, an excellent place for international residents to call home, or should they consider another Norwegian town or city? We'd love to hear your thoughts on life in the Norwegian capital.

Pictured is Oslo Opera House.
Let us know whether you think Oslo is a good city for foreigners or not. Pictured is Oslo Opera House. Photo by Darya Tryfanava on Unsplash

Oslo is the city in Norway with the most foreign residents. Over a quarter of its residents were immigrants or born to foreign parents as of 2020, figures from Statistics Norway show. 

As Norway’s capital, it makes for a logical place for foreigners to live when they first come to Norway due to the job opportunities on offer. 

But, is it a good place for international residents to call home and maybe settle down, or should they steer clear and consider somewhere else? 

We’d love to hear your thoughts. If you take a few minutes to fill out the survey below, we will try and include your answer in a future article. 

Kind regards, 

Frazer at The Local


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Norwegian police say second suspect involved in deadly Oslo shooting

Norwegian police said on Friday they had issued an international arrest warrant for a second suspect in a June shooting that killed two people near a gay bar in central Oslo.

Norwegian police say second suspect involved in deadly Oslo shooting

The suspect is a Norwegian in his 40s who had already shown up on police radar and is suspected of “complicity in a terrorist act”, Borge Enoksen, a police official, told a press conference. Police think the man is currently abroad, but did not provide any more details.

According to TV2, the suspect is Arfan Bhatti, a 44-year-old Islamist with prior convictions who is thought to be in Pakistan, which does not have an extradition treaty with Norway.

On June 25th, Zaniar Matapour, 43, is alleged to have opened fire near a gay bar in central Oslo in the early morning hours, amid celebrations linked to the city’s Pride festival.

The shooting killed two men, aged 54 and 60, and wounded 21 others, with Matapour quickly arrested. Matapour, a Norwegian of Iranian origin, had been known to Norway’s PST intelligence service since 2015, with concerns about his radicalisation and membership of “an extremist Islamist network”.

Norway’s domestic intelligence service has previously described the attack as “an act of Islamist terrorism” and said Matapour had “difficulties with his mental health”. He is currently at a psychiatric hospital for court-ordered mental evaluation.