Exploring the Stavanger Region

Stavanger is situated on the southwest coast of Norway. The city was founded around 1125 and is today Norway’s fourth largest city. The Stavanger region has approximately 300,000 inhabitants and is Norway’s most productive region.

Vågen, Stavanger City centre






The Stavanger region has been a national hub for innovative industry for several decades, partly due to the oil industry but also as a result of a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that existed long before the petroleum industry. Stavanger is a European oil and energy capital and has strong industrial and financial clusters. The region is known for its success in the triple helix of university, industry and government relations.

There are people from over 180 countries in the region that gives it a culturally diverse profile. Stavanger has a dynamic labor market and many international companies have offices here. There are excellent opportunities for cultural events and leisure. In 2008, the Stavanger region was the European Capital of Culture.

The Stavanger region is known for its diverse and grand scenery and can offer a variety of activities ranging from surfing, fishing, cycling, skiing, hiking and golfing to sunbathing or walks on the sandy beaches. 

For further information about the Stavanger region, take a look at these links:

Visit Norway – the official website of the Stavanger region

The Stavanger Region – the official tourist and convention website

Greater Stavanger - regional cooperation for industry development