Environmental zone of Oslo - Norway
The Norwegian capital Oslo is located on the south coast of the country. With 1 million inhabitants, Oslo is by far the largest metropolitan area in the country. More than 1.5 million people live in the Greater Oslo region, almost a third of Norway’s total population of around 5.3 million.
The municipality of Oslo has about 680,000 inhabitants, of whom about 30% are foreigners, also due to the high number of international students at the city's universities.
Olso is famous for its green areas and museums. Many of these cultural institutions – such as the Norwegian Maritime Museum on the waterfront or the Vikingskipshuset with Viking ships from the 9th century - are located on the Bygdøy peninsula.
In 2019, Olso was voted European Capital of the Environmental for its strong commitment to preserving its natural landscapes and reducing pollution. For this reason too – in order to prevent air pollution – individual traffic with motor vehicles has been severely restricted. Since 1990, an inner city toll has been introduced which has to be paid at toll stations along the access roads, as well as a temporary air protection zone.
This temporary environmental zone of Oslo, which is only activated in case of poor air quality, is valid every weekday from 6 am to 10 pm. In such a case, almost all vehicle types and EURO standards are prohibited from entering the zone.
The current status of access rights to the zone for the individual vehicle types and EURO standards can only be viewed on the Green-Zones app.