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Greater Stavanger - open, energetic and innovative

Stavanger has a long tradition of being an outgoing and international city. The Greater Stavanger region is a multicultural, friendly, professional environment, with around 150 different nationalities represented here. Oil and gas operations have been one reason for this, with understandably many people having moved here from abroad to work in the energy sector. Still, activities and areas of business go far beyond this sector - shipping, finance, culture, food and renewable energy, to name several areas.

Stavanger and Rogaland are characterized by a balanced economy, spectacular scenery and mild climate. Evidence shows that the region is an attractive place to live. The central parts of the country have experienced high population growth for a longer period of time.

Greater Stavanger is Norway’s 3rd largest urban area, the energy capital of Norway, and a European cultural capital in 2008. Cooperation between the business, civil, and service sectors of this community ensures that the people of the region will enjoy continued economic growth and prosperity in the future. Central in this process is the organization Greater Stavanger Economic Development. This organization is a non-profit regional development agency owned by 16 municipalities and Rogaland County, working closely with the regions’ political and administrative leaders, the private business sector and academia to make Greater Stavanger the ideal environment for business growth.

The Oil Museum encapsulates an important part of the Stavanger region’s reputation as an energy capital.
© S. Sigbjørnsen/SrN/RS/SVG2008

For those looking to increase business, career or investment opportunities, the Stavanger region is a wise choice. Take time to read the information available here online on Nortrade from the Norway Exports issue “Greater Stavanger”, first published in March 2009.  

Download or read the new Norway Exports edition "Greater Stavanger" 2009/2010.

The edition consists of several in-depth articles and presents 27 different companies situated in Stavanger, and is now available for download in PDF format.

(To download click on the picture. Document file size is 8,57 mb)

(Click on the company name to read their profile presentation)

Aker Solutions ASA
Avinor AS
BMS DaVinci AS
Dong E&P Norge AS
International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS)
Forus Business Park LTD.
Grunnsteinen AS
Hinna Park AS
Inerg AS
Ipark AS
Knutsen OAS Shipping AS
Parker Maritime AS

Mosaique AS
The National Centre of Industrial Gastronomy (Måltidets Hus)
NCE Culinology
Skagen Brygge Hotel
Norsk Vind Energi AS
Norstone AS
Stavanger Forum AS
Stavanger University Hospital
Subsea 7
Teo Teknikk AS
Tranberg AS
University of Stavanger
West Contractors AS


The spirit of Greater Stavanger
The Greater Stavanger region has always looked to the sea, a gateway to the world. Some say that Norway’s history actually began here, with the first settlers arriving in small boats when the last ice age ended 10,000 years ago. Now, as one of the largest and most important business and residential regions in Norway, the region has nearly 300,000 inhabitants working in a wide spectrum of careers.

Beyond 2008 – a culture capital here to stay
Since the discovery of North Sea oil in 1969, Stavanger has built its reputation as Norway’s oil and energy capital – a wealthy, international city with a modern outlook. Forty years on, the energy industries are still going strong, but now the Stavanger region is also attracting international attention for a whole raft of different industries, both old and new.

Lifelong learning – education is international in Stavanger
Those seeking an education for themselves or their children in Stavanger need not worry: Norway as a whole has one of the best educated populations, with the highest rates of literacy and adult education in the world.

Beyond the horizon
With deep expertise and knowledge within many areas that include petroleum, renewable energy, gastronomy, and a range of others, the Stavanger region also understands the necessity of the top quality higher education as well as an active research and development environment.

Internationalization at home - minister Tora aasland interviewed by David John Smith
The Minister of Research and Higher Education, Tora Aasland, has long been involved in the research and higher education environment in Stavanger, and has been instrumental in the ongoing development of the highly professional environment in the region.

A taste for the best
The Greater Stavanger region is often referred to as the Norwegian answer to the French region of Lyon, famous for its culinary creativity. As with Lyon, the Greater Stavanger region prides itself on new ideas balanced with a firm respect for tradition, quality and values. The population in the Greater Stavanger region not only loves good food, there are tens of thousands involved in literally all aspects of the food cluster.

Connected to the world
One essential part of any region’s success lies in the ability of its logistic infrastructure to be flexible, cost-effective, on-time, and in-tune with both the needs of industry, as well as the demands of the ever-changing international business environment.

Energetic Stavanger – an energy capital – rooted in success with a view to the future
In 2005, hundreds of business leaders and politicians gathered in Stavanger with an ambitious plan: to transform the region from the petroleum capital of Norway to a European energy capital by 2020. It was one of many visions launched under the Greater Stavanger Economic Development’s Strategic Business Plan 2005-2020, but probably one of the most ambitious given Norway’s status as the world’s third largest gas exporter.

Clusters unsurpassed – the well technology & integrated operations clusters
The Greater Stavanger region has long been known for its expertise as the petroleum capital of Norway, so it was only natural in 2007 that Stavanger was chosen to represent two important clusters: well services and integrated operations.

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