Oslo is a popular European capital for tourists and business visitors exploding the population by up to 32 million per year.
To accommodate this vast number of people, Oslo has a large and varied entertainment industry offering everything from pubs, clubs and restaurants to massage parlours, show bars and spas. When it comes to sex in Norway, Oslo has the best opportunities; whether it’s finding a strip club or enjoying some sensual entertainment.
In this guide, we take a look at the adult entertainment scene in Oslo.
Prostitution in Oslo: The Law
Sex work in Norway is illegal though prostitution itself is decriminalised; effectively, paying for, advertising and soliciting sex is against the law but selling it is not.
A Sex Purchase Ban was introduced in the country in January 2009, aimed at reducing the number of street hookers, and carries the risk of a hefty €3,200 fine for those caught trying to buy services.
Though this makes prostitution rare and hard to find, it does still exist in Norway. As ever, escorts can get around this technicality by offering ‘companionship’. Street prostitution is often provided by immigrants to the country.
Oslo Escorts Guide
One of the wealthiest countries in the world, Oslo was ranked as the most expensive city to live in 2010. The cost of living for all Norwegians is high which has a direct impact on all services, including sex work. As a result, the cost of an escort in Oslo is one of the highest you will find in Europe; particularly at the premium, or VIP, end of the scale.
There are several Norwegian escort agencies and classifieds websites, but these operate in a very grey area of the law. We cannot publish links to them on this site.
Sex in Oslo
There are no legal brothels in Oslo.
Erotic Massage Parlours
There are a few Thai massage parlours that are alleged to provide ‘extras’ along the lines of a happy ending, as well as several tantra massage shops where you can enjoy an erotic experience.
Rådhusgata 4, 0151 Oslo
Offering fully nude dancing, the Paradise Showbar is centrally located and offers fully continuous shows from open to close. The club is modern and stylish and is one of the more popular nights out.
The Paradise show bar is open Monday to Sunday from 9pm to 3am.
Xposed Show Bar
Bernt Ankers gate 5, 0183 Oslo
Norway’s oldest striptease bar, Xposed was first opened in 1989 to combine champagne and strip. Situated in the heart of the city, the club is a popular spot for business visitors and you can usually find plenty of deal sweeteners being laid on. There is a VIP area for private dances as well as a large stage area.
The Xposed show bar is open Monday to Saturday from 10pm to 3.30am.
Lotus Show Bar
Dronningens gate 17, 0154 Oslo
Self-advertising as Oslo’s best strip club, the Lotus has a reputation for providing an intimate experience when it comes to private dances. The club is small but modern and is lit well with every seat in the house having a good view.
Private dances start from around 700 NOK (€75).
The Lotus is open seven days a week from 8pm to 3am.
String Show Bar
Skippergata 21, 0154 Oslo
Established in 1998, Strings is one of the oldest strip clubs in Oslo and has won the Best International Club of the Year. It is a stylish and relaxed venue where plenty of business is mixed with pleasure.
The String show bar is open Monday to Saturday from 9pm to 3am.
Night Life Bar
Inngang: Tordenskioldsgate 8, Fridtjof Nansens Plass 7, 0160 Oslo
The Night Life Bar is a busy club offering private dances in a variety of ways. Entrance is charged at 150 NOK (€16) and private dances start at 1000 NOK (€107).
The Night Life Bar is open Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm to 3.30am.
As a result of the 2009 ban, street prostitution in Oslo has dramatically reduced.
Rates for a service vary greatly depending on the ethnicity of the hooker with the average being in the region of 1500 NOK (€160) for full service, or for around 300 NOK (€32) for oral.
Københavngata 18, 0566 Oslo
Situated a little north of the city, the Hot Shop is open weekdays from 11am to 9pm and stocks a good basic range of toys, accessories and clothing.
Trondheimsveien 47, 0560 Oslo
Offering a mail order service, the bricks and mortar store of Orion is well stocked for your bedroom basics. Their range includes toys and sex aids, books and films as well as novelties ad games. They also have a good selection of lingerie and costumes including a fetish range.
Orion is open from 10am Monday to Saturday and closes at 7pm (5pm on Saturdays).
Møllergata 37, 0179 Oslo,
Selling a wide range of bedroom accoutrements, this sex shop is conveniently located in the heart of the city a few minutes’ walk from Youngstorget. The place has a good reputation for its well-stocked range of basics as well as specialty and novelty items.
The Duo Shop is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 8pm and Saturday until 5pm.
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