Disco Balls and Altar Meetings: Coworking in the Nordics

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The Nordics has got a bad rap – at least, their weather does. If you're in Oslo in January, there may be an insurmountable snowstorm. But if you're in Helsinki in June, you'll find 24-hours of sunlight during the midsummer season. Just as it is constant midnight during winter, the sun essentially doesn't set in the summer. Welcome to the North of Europe. Deskmag looks up – way up – into the Nordic coworking scene. From Reykjavik to Malmo, here is a peek inside some of the coolest, business traveler-friendly coworking spaces found in the area.

Coworking up North is different. Here in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland you will find cutting-edge, D.I.Y. and sleek spaces with welcoming groups of people mainly working in the creative fields. If you have never been to the North of Europe, you might want to give it a try.


Oslo is a gorgeous shore city and the capital of Norway. Home to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies every December, Oslo also has an active startup scene – not to mention a great Edvard Munch museum. As posted on Torgronsund, there are a number of coworking spaces and incubators in Oslo. There is also a growing list of startups based in Norway.

The Startup Lab is located in the Oslo Science Park, beside the University of Oslo. The Gründerenes Hus offers coworking space and an entrepreneurs’ workplace. Both freelancers and established businesses are found in Gründerenes, which offers a coaching program for startups seeking support. This space offers networking events like breakfast seminars shake down alongside debates, workshops, pitch training, exhibitions and of course, parties.

In the city center of Oslo, Nordaaker coworking offers space for 30 coworkers. With a list of their philosophies on their site (collaboration, community and accessibility), they even offer a list of their current workers. Their daily and monthly coworking fees includes internet and cleaning, but lunch is extra. 

Also centrally located is a cool and fresh coworking space, MESH. Started in February of 2012 with just 15 members in a cozy space, they officially opened a few months later, expanding their space into two floors equipped with 24 to 26 individual desks in each. In addition they also have 3 meeting rooms and 7 individual offices for teams.

Like most coworking spaces, this innovative space also has a café with a connected makerspace, but they are looking to take their vision to the top, and plan to open more community spaces, a bar, and even a club. Maybe MESH will pioneer the coclubbing movement next…MESH stays true to its name, and invites entrepreneurs and startups from all walks of life, offering not only the space but also the tools necessary for successful collaboration. 

One of the newer spaces in Oslo is 657 with a focus on innovation, communication and creativity. Pop Up Hub Oslo is also a creative co-working space. In Oslo, 657 opened in September of 2012 with space for 100 coworkers and events.

Sigri Sevaldsen from the space says coworking is growing, especially in Oslo. “We are heading towards a new culture in the work sector where sharing and collaboration is essential for competitiveness, and coworking spaces have a leading role in this development," said Sevaldsen. “Norway has several funding and support systems for entrepreneurs, like Innovation Norway. However, there is a need for platforms and spaces where entrepreneurs can get support and meet an open minded and brave culture for new ideas and innovation. At a coworking space they have the chance to be a part of a community and get an office space, without having to empty their pockets.”

On the other side of the pond, there is the Innovation House Silicon Valley, a Norwegian coworking space and incubator based in Silicon Valley. Acting as a coworking space and a virtual office for tech companies, investors and Innovation Norway, it’s a soft landing concept for entrepreneurs hoping to enter the American market. They offer a network of tech partners, investors and service providers based in the Bay Area – for those who dream big.


Deskmag recently featured coworking spaces in historical architectural spaces. If you haven’t heard already, the Entrepreneurs Church is a coworking space as well as a business development hub that is situated in one of Stockholm’s former Greek Orthodox churches. Co-founded by a group of startup entrepreneurs Gustav Nisser, Jesper Lindmarker, Jesper Lejfjord and Petra Jonsson, here there are TEDx talks, meetups, afterparties and even a laughter workshop.

You can cowork here for 3600 SEK a month. The space offers two conference rooms, a private telephone room, small kitchen and office space that seats 30 people in total. Don’t miss the altar, which is surrounded by chairs for meetings. They also hold a weekly event called Startup Tuesdays.

It doesn’t stop there. The Park, which opened in 2008, accommodates roughly 150 coworkers in Stockholm with free breakfast every Friday. In their sleek office space, they also host networking events, seminars and offer a sassy reception and concierge service.

There is also The Hub Stockholm, as well as Coffice. If the capital of Sweden doesn’t strike your fancy, you can always cowork in one of the oldest Swedish cities, the shore-bound Helsingborg at SHIP kontor. There is a coworking space in Lund called Kreativator, a space that offers room for small companies and the self-employed. They offer services ranging from web design to organizational development and landscaping. They even post open office space on their fanpage.

If you find yourself in the artsy city of Malmö, which is booming with cultural activity, be sure to stop by coworking spaces such as MINC or Media Evolution City.


Denmark's capital Copenhagen has some hot startups and a scene that draws inspiration from Startup City and Startup Denmark. Aside from the Danish pastries (and the abolished fatty food tax), there are a few burgeoning coworking spaces, like the Evertale HQ. This penthouse space touts its sexiness with large desk in a spacious open-concept office. The perks? Free espresso, a huge meeting room (with a flat screen), a chill-out area, kitchen and an eating area to get to know your fellow coworkers – that’s not to mention the stunning view of the city.

Nearby you will find BRUSS Copenhagen, a creative agency in the Tap-E community, which is Carlsberg beer’s former bottling factory. Situated on the top floor beside Jacob’s Garden, the rooftop garden offers a nice chillout area for deskers wanting to take a quick break. You can do short-term or long-term coworking here, from small businesses to individuals. Lastly, but not least, Republikken is a coworking space that puts a focus on networking, education and most importantly, inspiration. Their goal is to act as a platform for creators. This is the place to realize your creative business, and then some.

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