The official opening of the InterPride AGM 2020 will be at the City Hall with the Mayor of Oslo. There will be a tour of the highlights of the building, including the ceremony hall where the Nobel Peace Prize is handed out every year in December. The reception will also include members of the city council, members of the Norwegian parliament and both local and international civil society activities that are dedictated to LGBTQI issues. We will also offer a tour of the city on the first day of the conference.
The reception hall in the City Hall of Oslo. Photo: Kjetil Bjørnsrud
THE CITY’S COMMITMENT TO THE LGBTQI COMMUNITY
The city council has adopted an action plan on gender diversity and sexual orientation that includes the whole cycle of life from the cradle to the grave. This means covering all public services, from kindergarten, schools, universities, social welfare services, hospitals and senior homes.
An important part of the action plan is to support civil society organizations, such as Oslo Pride. The action plan is aligned with the national action plan enacted by the Norwegian government, which include important initiatives on combating hate crime and discrimination, for example in nightclubs and bars.
Oslo is the capital city of Norway with about 700 000 inhabitants and approximately 2 million people living within 2,5 hours by train from the city center. Oslo is one of the largest growing cities in Europe with an ever increasing offer of cafes, restaurants, nightlife, festivals and cultural events. The history of Oslo goes back to around year 1000 AD.
Oslo is surrounded by mountains and forests in the north and the fjord in the south. In the summer, you may take a swim in the Oslo Fjord, either right next to the Opera House or by taking a ferry to one of the islands in the fjord. In the winter, you can take the subway directly to a vast network of downhill slopes and paths for cross country skiing. All year around, you can enjoy all the cultural sights in Oslo, including the original viking ships dating back to AD 800, the famous paintings by Edvard Munch, and modern art by world renowned artists like Damien Hirst, Jef Koons, Bjarne Melgaard and Takashi Murakami at the Astrup Fearnley Museum. All the cultural sights will be in close proximity to the conference hotel.
The city has a diverse population with more than 20% of its population having an immigrant background from all corners of the world.
In the winter, Oslo is usually cold and dry, and in the summer months it can get quite hot between the buildings. In October you may expect typical fall weather, from 8-12 degrees Celsius or 46-53 Fahrenheit. We still have fairly long days of sunlight in the beginning of October, 11,5 hours of daylight, from 7:30 AM to 7 PM.