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Fornebu in 2007.
Fornebu in 2007.
Country Norway
Region Østlandet
County Akershus
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)

Fornebu (local form Fornebo) is a peninsular area in the suburban municipality of Bærum in Norway, bordering western parts of Oslo.

Oslo Airport, Fornebu (FBU) served as the main airport for Oslo and the country since before World War II and until the evening of October 7, 1998, when it was closed down. Overnight, a grand moving operation was performed, so that the following morning, the new main airport, located inland at Gardermoen (OSL), opened for operations as the main airport, as opposed to previously having been a minor airport.[citation needed]

As of 2001, the Fornebu area is being developed as a centre for information technology and telecom industry, as well as there being some housing project developments nearby. The new headquarters of Norway's telecom giant Telenor are located in the area.[1]

The peninsula is connected to Langodden and Snarøya, which are more established areas of private residences.[citation needed]


The head office of SAS Norway and Widerøe

The name (Norse Fornabú(ð)) originally belonged to an old farm on the peninsula. The first element is the genitive form of an old male name Forni, the last element is n 'farm' (or maybe búð f 'shed, simple house').


Diamanten, the head office of Norwegian Air Shuttle

Scandinavian Airlines System's Norway offices are in Fornebu.[2] Norwegian Air Shuttle, Telenor, Aker Kværner, Statoil, Norgesgruppen and EVRY are also based at Fornebu.[3]

Partnair, a charter airline, was headquartered at Fornebu Airport up to 1989.[4] When the airline Busy Bee of Norway existed, its head office was on the grounds of Fornebu Airport.[5] Braathens and SAS Braathens had their head office facilities in a building on the grounds of Fornebu Airport. In 2010 Norwegian Air Shuttle bought the former Braathens head office.[6]


  1. ^ Telenor press release "Telenor’s new headquarters to open on September 23", September 22, 2002.
  2. ^ "SAS head office in Norway." Scandinavian Airlines System. Retrieved on 8 June 2009. "SAS Head Office NO-1330 Fornebu"
  3. ^ "Norwegian Air Shuttle contact details." Retrieved on 15 November 2009.
  4. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 26 March 1988. 102.
  5. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 27 March-2 April 1991. 78.
  6. ^ Henriksen, Øyvind. "Kjos kjøper Braathensbygget." E24. 24 February 2010. Retrieved on 24 February 2010. "Norwegian-sjef Bjørn Kjos kjøper det tidligere hovedkvarteret til Braathens og SAS Norge. Nå skal Norwegian flytte inn i bygningen" and "Oksenøyveien 3 på Fornebu utenfor Oslo er kjøpt av Bjørn Kjos og Bjørn Kise."

Coordinates: 59°53′N 10°37′E / 59.883°N 10.617°E / 59.883; 10.617