The Oslo Stock Exchange (Oslo Børs) is the only regulated market for securities trading in Norway and it is world-leading in the energy, shipping and seafood sectors. The Oslo Børs joined the Euronext Group in June 2019.
The history of stock exchanges in Norway began in April 1819, with the establishment of the Christiania Exchange (Christiania Børs), which is the precursor to the Oslo Stock Exchange.
Over the years, local exchanges were established in Trondheim (1819), Bergen (1837), Kristiansand (1837), Drammen (1839), Stavanger (1878), Kristiansund (1894), Skien (1895), Ålesund (1905), Sandefjord (1912), Haugesund (1894) and Fredrikstad (1921). These local exchanges typically set foreign exchange rates and provided trading in commodities, but they also listed the shares of some local companies.
The period up to and during World War I saw very extensive trading on local exchanges but the sharp decline seen following the end of the war caused most of these markets to transfer their activities to the Oslo Stock Exchange over time. The last local exchange to continue trading was the Bergen Stock Exchange, which was not amalgamated into the Oslo Stock Exchange until June 2000.