Bergen in Norway

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Category/Kategorie: General, Architecture, European Union, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage
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Bergen Panorama from Mount Fløyen © Espt123

Bergen Panorama from Mount Fløyen © Espt123

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with a population of 261,500. Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland county. Greater Bergen or Bergen Metropolitan Area as defined by Statistics Norway, has a population of 386,600. Bergen is located in the county of Hordaland on the south-western coast of Norway. It is an important cultural hub in its region, recognized as the unofficial capital of Western Norway and sometimes also referred to as the Atlantic coast capital of Norway. The city was one of nine European cities honoured with the title of European Capital of Culture in the Millennium year.

Bergen is an important cultural centre in its region and in Norway, maybe best known for hosting the annual Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen). The city is home to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1765 and is one of the world’s oldest orchestral institutions.

Bergen city centre © Culex A typical narrow street in Bergen Sandviken © Petr Šmerkl University of Bergen © HMPinnsvinet Saint Paul Church © Petr Šmerkl Nygårdstangen Panorama © Aqwis MS Midnatsol of The Coastal Express Hurtigruten © Christian Offenberg Bryggen © Vberger Bryggen © Gerd A T Mueller Bergen © Maxiiie Bergen from Mount Ulriken at night © Svein-Magne Tunli - www.tunliweb.no Bergen Collage © Aqwis Bergen Panorama from Mount Fløyen © Espt123
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Bergen from Mount Ulriken at night © Svein-Magne Tunli - www.tunliweb.no
The city still has relics of its Hanseatic heyday, most notably the old harbor of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bergen has been ravaged by several fires; the most recent major fire took place in 1917, a fire which destroyed most of the buildings in what is today the central parts of the city center, centered around the large square Torgallmenningen.

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