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The Fish Market in Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
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The Fish Market in Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway

Key facts on Bergen

Bergen is Norway’s second largest city with 240.000 inhabitants. The city was founded more than 900 years ago.

About Bergen

As one of the offices of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was for several hundred years the centre of prosperous trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. The main strengths to life in Bergen today are a wide variety of cultural activities, the surrounding sea, international connections and academic activities.

City of Culture

Bergen is an international town with small-town charm and atmosphere. The inhabitants love to show off their beautiful and many-sided city. They are proud of Bergen’s shipping, trading and cultural traditions.

The city is like a spectacular amphitheatre clambering up the mountainsides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. You can roam through living history in this modern city, the gateway to the wildest and loveliest fjords of Norway. Tradition, initiative and drive have made Bergen one of Norway’s most vigorous cultural cities. It is not merely by chance that Norway’s biggest cultural event, the Bergen International Festival, is held here each year, or that the town was chosen to be one of the European Cities of Culture in the year 2000.

The old parts of town are living history, and the museums and galleries keep both art and the ancestral heritage alive. The Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, the Fish Market, the composer Edvard Grieg’s home at Troldhaugen, Rasmus Meyer’s art collection, the Aquarium and Old Bergen are just a few of the many attractions worth visiting.

Industry

Bergen is the centre of Western Norway, a region that has a leading position within all the major Norwegian exports; energy, seafood and maritime sectors.

Research and education

Bergen is one of the most popular student cities in Scandinavia with 30.000 students in many different educational institutions. The City of Bergen stimulates business development, and offers support in the process. Unique to Bergen are well-established networks between industry, research and development, and the public sector.

Learn more about the city of Bergen.

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Last updated:  2013-01-07
The medieval Haakons’s Hall in Bergen by night, Norway - Photo: Bergen Tourist Board/Oddleiv Apneseth
The medieval Haakons’s Hall in Bergen by night, Norway
Carte Blanche performing at the Bergen International Festival, Norway - Photo: Festspillene/Erik Berg
Carte Blanche performing at the Bergen International Festival, Norway
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The Fish Market in Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway

Key facts on Bergen

Bergen is Norway’s second largest city with 240.000 inhabitants. The city was founded more than 900 years ago.

Key facts on Bergen

Source: Visitnorway

About Bergen

Bergen

Bergen is known for Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the Fish Market, and surrounding mountains and fjords, such as the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord.

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