Oslo is not only the capital of Norway and the host of the 5th EAN Congress, but also a city filled with sustainable neighborhoods, car-free streets and eco-friendly gourmet restaurants.
Welcome to the 2019 European Green Capital! Oslo’s reputation as a green city is due to a lot more than its many parks and surrounding forests. Urban planners, politicians and businesses of different kinds all work hard to reduce Oslo’s carbon footprint and ensure a sustainable future for everyone. Their efforts have been recognized and rewarded by the European Commission, which has named Oslo the European Green Capital for 2019.
What makes Oslo such an exceptional eco-friendly capital?
Sustainable city planning
Oslo is one of the fastest growing capitals in Europe and has seen a lot of large construction projects over the last few decades. Sustainability has been a guiding principle for many of them.
Car-free urban living
Oslo’s politicians play an important role in the city’s ongoing green-turn. Through their initiative Bilfritt byliv (‘car-free city life’), the local government has closed down street-parking and limited traffic to make room for bikes, benches, green lungs, block parties and other things that make people happier and the air cleaner.
In addition to the large-scale efforts of city developers and politicians, Oslo is full of smaller projects and businesses that do their part in making Oslo a greener city.
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