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June 2016 - N°5
The Chamber opens the doors to...
        ...the city of Oslo
            with Geir Lippestad,
the city of Oslo's commissioner for Industry and Ownership

Oslo is admired for its quality of life but suffers from a lack of international recognition when it comes to business and innovation, especially compared to other Nordic capitals. What is the strategy of the new city government to close the gap with cities like Stockholm or Copenhagen?
I wouldn't say that Oslo has a lack of recognition but we lack visibility. Oslo is not well known by the world, and more people would consider us if they knew we existed. As the global competition between cities increases, we risk being left behind. The good news is that we have a lot to offer the world. Oslo can be global, competitive, and is already attractive and full of opportunities. When it comes to innovation and industrial development maritime industries and technologies have over many decades underlined Oslo as a world leader. We see this also in offshore where Oslo next to cities like Stavanger, Trondheim and Bergen has contributed to the Norwegian offshore technology being globally sought after. This is followed up by Oslo's government - and in our time the focus is strongly on knowledge-based industries with the world as its market. The most important precondition for success here is access to expertise and venture capital. Norway has fortunately both financial and technological resources that enable us succeed far more than others.
In the spotlight
"CCFN has become a key driver in the French-Norwegian cooperation in the Energy Business" - INTSOK
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce brought a Norwegian delegation to Pau on the 6th, 7th and 8th of June in cooperation with INTSOK, Pôle Avenia, the French-Norwegian Foundation and the Norwegian Embassy. Norway was for the first time the official guest country of the annual event "Les Rendez-vous Geosciences" organised by Pôle Avenia.
North Sea CO2 Value Chain
A French-Norwegian post COP21 cross industry project
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce and its Board has just initiated an ambitious project to assess potential for a Post COP21 French-Norwegian cross industry collaborative approach to Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS). This project comes as a natural follow-up on the energy value chain decarbonisation ambition set by both France and Norway during the COP21 summit.
Upcoming events

Be prepared for the transformation of business activities, processes, skills and models that will influence every single company.
The French-Norwegian Day 2016 will focus on Digital Transformation on the 13th of October in Oslo. The opening conference will take place at BI Norwegian Business School (Oslo - Nydalen) and will be followed by two parallel workshops on Smart city and Industry 4.0.
Presentations from experts such as Capgemini Consulting / Bureau Veritas / Sopra Steria / eZ Systems, Professors from BI, and entrepreneurs from French and Norwegian start-ups will share with you insights about Digital Marketing, Big data, Internet of things and the Factory of the future.
The official program and registration link will be sent to our members and will be available on our website very soon. The prestigious gala dinner organised this year at Gamle Logen will be closing the day with the award of the Fransk Norsk Trophée 2016 and an amazing cultural programme created by the famous Norwegian Artistic Director Andreas Sønning. Performances by Frank Havrøy, singer and composer, Mirjam Kammler, cellist and Torgeir Koppen Koppang, pianist.
If you want to learn more about the concept of the French-Norwegian Day: video
If you want to become a corporate sponsor or a partner of the French Norwegian Day 2016 or need further information please contact us:
In cooperation with Assemblée des Français de l'Étranger (ADFE) and Oslo Accueil, the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (CCFN) will launch in September a coaching session dedicated to French citizens living in Norway, struggling to get a job or interested in becoming an entrepreneur. They will attend 3 thematic breakfast workshops (7th/14th/21st of September) in our premises in Oslo, animated by experts, members or partners of the CCFN to learn more about the specificities of the Norwegian labour market (Sandrine Baudouin, Advisor for NAV EURES), how to successfully manage a job interview in Norway (Philippe Caillé - Partner for the Norwegian recruitment agency Hartmark Executive Search), and advice on being visible on social networks (Kéa Ostovany, coach and consultant in management and communication) and starting a business in Norway (CCFN).
The official program will be available early August on our website.
For further information please contact Luc Bodet (CCFN) / or Stephane C. Mukkaden (ADFE) /
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce will host its "Summer party" in its premises on the 25th of August.
You will have the opportunity to discover a selection of French products from our members and partners.
August 25th in Oslo
Our next topic will be about Merger and Acquisition trends in Norway, in cooperation with Robert Romansky, Head of M&A and Capital Markets and Tord Fondevik, M&A partners from Schjødt. The lunch will take place at Festningen restaurant (Akershus Festing).
Thursday 8th of September.
More information to come :
Our latest events
Learning expedition - French-Norwegian Open Innovation Forum
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce organized in collaboration with Paris & Co a Learning expedition with the Innovation Managers of 25 main French companies (Airbus, Total, Michelin, EDF, Orange…) in order to introduce them to the innovation ecosystem in Norway. The 3-days program included the visit of Oslo's main start-ups incubators, the participation to the French-Norwegian Open Innovation Forum, with interventions of professionals about generating innovation in Norway. On the last day they were invited to the Subsea Valley Conference 2016.
International Forum "with a twist" and Fish & Champagne cocktail
On May 26th the French-Norwegian Chamber of commerce co-organized with Oslo Chamber of Commerce an International Forum with a "Fish and Champagne" cocktail. This forum focused on the internationalization from two points of view, with the presentation of Ekornes and Oslo municipality. This seminar, attended by around 80 persons, was followed by a cocktail and a short presentation of two Pernod Richard Champagnes and a degustation of seafood tapas.
News from our members
CCFN members can benefit from a 10% discount on all the Executive Short Programmes proposed by BI Norwegian Business School.
See the list here >>
Technip Awarded Umbilical Supply Contract by Statoil in Norway
Join the Young Chamber Club to participate to our monthly Afterworks
The Young Chamber Club gathers a network of young professionals, entrepreneurs or students between 25 and 35, living in France or Norway. The registration is free and will allow you to participate to monthly afterworks, conferences or seminars organized throughout the year, invitation for FNCC's events with special prices...
More information in French or Norwegian
Useful information
Meeting and conference rooms for rent in the heart of Oslo
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce can provide you with several meeting rooms for rent in our premises located at Oscarsgate 27, in a prestigious area. These rooms are fully functional and have recently been renovated. Our conference room can host up til 50 persons and our meeting rooms can host from 6 to 12 persons. These rooms can be rented hourly, for half a day or for an entire day. Our members get a significant discount.
You can also outsource the whole organization of your events to the CCFN.
Contact us for more information (
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