The Region

The Stavanger region is Norway's third largest urban region. We call it the "20-minute region": a 20-minute commute from home to work, 20 minutes from the mountains to the beach, and 20 minutes from the city to the airport.

Stavanger gives you energy!

Since the discovery of oil and gas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf some fifty years ago, the Stavanger region has become the energy capital of Europe and an international hub for the global energy industry. 

  • The entire energy value chain is represented by national and international companies
  • The Norwegian Continental Shelf offers new investment and production opportunities
  • A centre for clean energy production, from both hydro and wind sources
  • A leading region for low emission transport
  • Home to ONS, one of the world’s leading energy meeting places
  • An attractive location for a whole array of different industries

A resourceful and innovative region

The Stavanger region is leading the way in innovation and entrepreneurship as one of the best regions in Norway for business development.

  • The region offers a competent and diverse talent pool of highly educated people
  • There is a strong industrial infrastructure with a large variety of commercial properties available and several large and modern port facilities
  • The lowest priced renewable electricity in Europe
  • Home to the largest underwater tunnel systems in the world
  • A maritime region at the forefront of technology implementation
  • World class exhibition and conference facilities 
  • Stavanger is a European Smart City Lighthouse through Horizon2020
  • Home to Nordic Edge Expo, the largest smart city event in the Nordics 

Cutting edge technology

Companies located in the Stavanger region have developed technologically advanced products making them world leaders in their field.

  • Norway is the third-best country in the world for broadband and the region has the fastest regional broadband network capacity in the country
  • The Norwegian oil and gas sector is internationally recognized for its health and safety and environmental solutions
  • The region is home to some of the most advanced aquaculture technology companies in the world 
  • The oil and gas technology cluster excels in areas such as increased oil recovery, automated drilling operations, simulation, artificial intelligence and remote operations
  • Several technology and innovation initiatives are being developed in the region:  Norwegian Energy Solutions, Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster, Nordic Edge Smart City Innovation Cluster, Norwegian Tunnel Safety Cluster, Norwegian Smart Care Cluster, Aqua Technology Network, Norway Pumps & Pipes and Advanced Mechanical Production

An international region

Home to over 180 nationalities, the Stavanger region is as diverse as Amsterdam.

  • Highly rated British, French and International schools make it easy for families to move to the region
  • International companies attract a wide talent pool of professionals
  • A high and growing number of international study programs at several university institutions in the region  attract people from all over the world

Close to the continent

With 50 daily flights to Sola Airport and 27 direct routes, the Stavanger region is easy to reach. Many popular,central European cities, such as London, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, are only about an hour away. 

  • Ranked as the best airport in Northern-Europe by AirHelp in 2018
  • With CAT II operations, enabling landing in poor visibility, the airport has a strong punctuality record
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Satisfy your hunger

The Stavanger region is Norway´s largest food producing region, famous for its excellent seafood, vegetables and meat.

  • Norway´s biggest food festival, Gladmat is hosted in Stavanger each year
  • The international beer festival What´s brewing
  • Several Michelin star restaurants and Bocuse d`Or champion chefs

Safe and predictable

We exceed your expectations. This is a good way to describe the Norwegian society in general, and the Stavanger region is no exception.

  • Predictable local government
  • Ranked among the top ten least corrupt countries in the world
  • Modern schools and extensive health care
  • Full public nursery coverage
  • Predictable weather without extreme heat or cold

Stay for the lifestyle

Norway has one of the highest quality of life ratings in the world and was named the world’s happiest country in 2017. The Stavanger region prides itself on offering a lifestyle that makes you want to stay.

  • With short distances and little time spent commuting, precious time is saved, making family life even better
  • The cities in the region are well-connected with everything in easy reach
  • A series of cultural events and festivals take place throughout the year
  • Ski slopes and mountains are only an hour’s drive away from home
  • Wide variety of sports at both an amateur and professional level are available to all ages
  • Unique scenery with fjords, mountains and sea landscape
  • World renowned attractions like Pulpit Rock and Kjerag are day trip opportunities for adventurers

Case Stories

DEA chose the Stavanger region for further growth

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MedTech collaboration in the innovating environment of Ipark

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Montaag chose their office location with their heart

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