Walking through the streets of Oslo last Friday in sunny weather with crisp, clear air (10C = 47F) to a meeting, I passed some trawlers in Oslo harbour near the town hall. Always prepared with my Nokia mobile phone, I took some pictures for this post about fishing in Norway. Let’s have a look:

Fish Market in Oslo #1

With a long coast line and a ten thousand year history of sailing, fishing has been an important occupation and industry. The Norwegian fishing industry is represented by a diversified ocean-going and coastal fleet of more than 7,000 vessels employing approximately 14.000 people. In addition the processing industry consisting of nearly 800 units and a fish farming industry holding over 2,900 licences. All in all the fishing industry provides direct employment for approximately 37,000 people (out of total 4.7 mill), and forms a basic network of regional economic activities heavily dependent upon the sustainable and rational management of the available marine resources. Thus, the fishing industry is of vital regional and national importance to Norway.

Before I give you some more facts, let’s see some of this trawlers laying in the harbour selling this morning catch to the public:
Fish Market in Oslo #3 Fish Market in Oslo #2

There where freshly boiled shrimp in salt water (70 NOK = $12.70 or 8.75€ pr. kilo), Cod, Pollock, Haddock and some Founder. No mackerel as it was too late in the season, but that’s on of my favourites. Click to see my post of how we eat the shrimps and how we prepare the fish for a feast.

Norway is one of the largest exporters of fish and fish products, which represented an export value of around 36 billion NOK (6.6 b $ or 4.5 b €) in 2006. The export supplies major markets all over the world, of which the European Union, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Ukraine, Brazilian and the USA markets are the most important. Fish exports are Norway’s second largest export commodity. Salmon and trout exports account for more than half of the export value. Other important categories of fish products are traditional products like dried and salted fish, frozen and filleted fish, and other processed products.

From facts to figures: My regular readers know my favourite saying: ‘There is no such as bad weather, only bad clothes’. There is no problem surviving in Norway through the winter time if you know how to dress and we have long tradition for that too. So while walking through the city I saw this side walk café perfectly equipped for the fall season, with sheep skins to keep the customers toasty warm in the clear fall weather:

Cafe in Oslo, Norway

Next time your visit Oslo at this time of the year, I’ll gladly invite you for a cup of coffee or tea or even a cold beer if you like:-)

Wednesday I’m going on a business trip to Milan, so I’ll be quite busy the next days. Please don’t feel neglected if it takes a bit more time to get back to you, including thanking all and every one of you for all your greetings and warm words on my Birthday – I’m overwhelmed!


  1. I love seafood and the only time I buy fish, scallops, prawns, etc is straight off the trawler, in the big seafood warehouse right on the pier. They also have their own restaurant and it makes a lovely day to have lunch at the restaurant, then walk along the beach, buy fresh fish and go home.

  2. mmm, we just had fish for dinner last night. it is not something i grew up eating so i am only in my adult years learning what to do with it. moreso since i now have a girl who will not eat red meat or poultry so i want to make sure she gets enough protein so we eat more fish.

    i LOVE that the cafe has sheepskins! what a wonderful idea. the main street in my hometown has a few little outdor cafes btu unfortunately i think if they put out sheepskins this time of year they’d get stolen.

    I know you like my fish posts and great to hear your daughter likes it too – a great alternative to red met you know!
    I knew you wold like both the cafe and the skins – they might be stolen in Norway too, but seldom I think – besides; they are well supervised.

  3. Once the dollar is actually worth something I plan to come over to Europe again.
    Off to vote!

    Don’t wait for that – It might take a while and it would have been nice to see you soon :-)

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  5. I love fish and seafood! I had baked catfish with butter and fresh lemon last night for supper. I also bought some frozen shrimp to make scampi and shrimp cocktails, among other things.

    Being 200 miles inland we rarely see fresh seafood and when we do it’s so expensive I rarely buy it. I wish we had access to more affordable seafood. I could eat it every day.

    Have a good trip, Renny.

    I know you are a sea food lover too Diane and your recipe is always a great read!
    You should have to come and visit me one day then – fresh from the ocean every day :-)
    Thanks and a big hug back to you.

  6. Nice picture from Norway. In this moment I live in Egypt and the fish from Read sea is also good.

    Hug from johanne

    Thanks – always great to welcome new readers and you must be one of the first from Egypt.
    Hugs a lot back to you :-)

  7. Have a nice evening.

  8. Thank you for the interesting tour of Norwegian fishing. 14,000 people doesn’t seem a lot for 7,000 vessels. Do some crews have two vessels, or are many of them one-man boats? A huge proportion of the population involved in the whole industry though.

    Your welcome and thanks for the compliments.
    A lot of them are one-man boats and some with a larger crew. I shall have to make an update or a more detailed post one day. Bear with me now, as I am busy and on my way to Milan.

  9. Amazing facts –
    But there is more, which is unknown for most people:
    Saumon in Chile – Saumon prepared in Denmark. Know in Germany: Sea fishing.

    PS. U are going to MIlan on Wednesday. I’m Going to Miami on Thursday.
    Have a great time.

    Thanks for the add of that fact – you always such a great commenter and enriches the subject.
    I’m leaving in 3 hours – wish you a great trip too and give Ingelin a big hug from me :-)

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  11. These pictures are amazing for cell phone pic !

    I love them. This is exactly how I picture Nordic countries… funny. Colors are nice too, a cool gradient of blue and red dominating and these little boats…

    I wanted to ask : right now, temperatures are very similar in Canada (well, -4C tomorrow… but anyway) but our summers are really hot and humid (like 30C and +). How are your summers ? Winters ?

  12. I love the excitement and hustle bustle of the docks and boats but not the smell of fish as you know! The sheepskin is a neat idea. Here we even have outdoor heaters to extend the season.

  13. No such thing as bad weather??? You should go to Lubbock (Texas) during a sandstorm! No clothing short of a diving suit could make that bearable — and even then you’d have to see the sky and air around you be a dirty brown, everything not tied down would be blowing away … and you’d be wearing a diving suit!


  14. I grew up in Nova Scotia, which is on the Atlantic Ocean. Seeing your pix makes me homesick!

  15. Thanks for your informative post (I realise I’m replying 2 years later) – I’ll be visiting Oslo next week, flying in from sunny Singapore, and I’m keen to see the ‘daily catch’ coming into shore. I have always wanted to visit and I hope it is not too cold, but pleasant. Really looking forward to visiting your lovely country with its fresh seafood!

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  17. Hey!! Im from Vancouver, Canada and want to live and work in Oslo…think i can score a job at the fish market??

  18. hi all. how can i contact with the fish mans in norvay? thank you…

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