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Bergen, historically Bjørgvin, is a city and municipality in Hordaland
on the west coast of Norway. At the end of the first quarter of 2016[update], the municipality's population was 278,121,[1] and the Bergen
metropolitan region has about 420,000 inhabitants. Bergen
is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometres (180 sq mi) and is on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city centre and northern neighbourhoods are on Byfjorden, 'the city fjord', and the city is surrounded by mountains; Bergen
is known as the 'city of seven mountains'. Many of the extra-municipal suburbs are on islands. Bergen
is the administrative centre of Hordaland, and consists of eight boroughs - Arna, Bergenhus, Fana, Fyllingsdalen, Laksevåg, Ytrebygda, Årstad, and Åsane. Trading in Bergen
may have started as early as the 1020s. According to tradition, the city was founded in 1070 by king Olav Kyrre and was named Bjørgvin, 'the green meadow among the mountains'. It served as Norway's capital in the 13th century, and from the end of the 13th century became a bureau city of the Hanseatic League. Until 1789, Bergen
enjoyed exclusive rights to mediate trade between Northern Norway
and abroad and it was the largest city in Norway
until the 1830s when it was surpassed by the capital, Christiania (now known as Oslo). What remains of the quays, Bryggen, is a World Heritage Site. The city was hit by numerous fires over the years. The Bergen
School of Meteorology was developed at the Geophysical Institute beginning in 1917, the Norwegian School of Economics
Norwegian School of Economics
was founded in 1936, and the University of Bergen
University of Bergen
in 1946. From 1831 to 1972, Bergen
was its own county. In 1972 the municipality absorbed four surrounding municipalities and became a part of Hordaland
county. The city is an international centre for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, and a national centre for higher education, media, tourism and finance. Bergen
Port is Norway's busiest in terms of both freight and passengers with over 300 cruise ship calls a year bringing nearly a half a million passengers to Bergen,[2] a number that has doubled in 10 years.[3] Almost half of the passengers are German or British.[3] The city's main football team is SK Brann
SK Brann
and the city's unique tradition is the buekorps. Natives speak a distinct dialect, known as 'Bergensk'. The city features Bergen
Airport, Flesland, Bergen
Light Rail, and is the terminus of the Bergen
Line. Four large bridges connect Bergen
to its suburban municipalities. Bergen
has a mild winter climate, though with a lot of precipitation. During December - March, the temperature difference between Bergen
and Oslo
can be up to 30 degrees Celsius, despite the fact that both cities are at approximately 60 degrees North. The Gulf Stream
Gulf Stream
keeps the sea relatively warm, considering the latitude, and the mountains protect the city from cold winds from the north, north-east and east.


1 History

1.1 World War II 1.2 Fires 1.3 Toponymy

2 Geography 3 Climate 4 Demographics 5 Cityscape 6 Administration

6.1 2007 and 2011 elections 6.2 2015 elections 6.3 Boroughs

6.3.1 A former borough, Sentrum

7 Education 8 Economy 9 Transport 10 Culture and sports

10.1 Street art

11 Neighbourhoods 12 International relations

12.1 Sister (town) cities

13 Grunnkretser 14 See also 15 References 16 Bibliography 17 External links

History[edit] See also: Timeline of Bergen

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1500 5,500 —    

1769 18,827 +242.3%

1855 37,015 +96.6%

1900 94,485 +155.3%

1910 104,224 +10.3%

1920 118,490 +13.7%

1930 129,118 +9.0%



1950 162,381 —    

1960 185,822 +14.4%

1970 209,066 +12.5%

1980 207,674 −0.7%

1990 212,944 +2.5%

2000 229,496 +7.8%

2010 256,580 +11.8%

2014 271,949 +6.0%

2016 278,121 +2.3%

Source: Statistics Norway.[4][5] Note: The municipalities of Arna, Fana, Laksevåg
and Åsane
were merged with Bergen
1 January 1972.

The city of Bergen
was traditionally thought to have been founded by king Olav Kyrre, son of Harald Hardråde in 1070 AD,[6] four years after the Viking Age ended with the Battle of Hastings. Modern research has, however, discovered that a trading settlement was already established during the 1020s or 1030s.[7] Bergen
gradually assumed the function of capital of Norway
in the early 13th century, as the first city where a rudimentary central administration was established. The city's cathedral was the site of the first royal coronation in Norway
in the 1150s, and continued to host royal coronations throughout the 13th century. Bergenhus
fortress dates from 1240s and guards the entrance to the harbour in Bergen. The functions of the capital city were lost to Oslo during the reign of King Haakon V (1299-1319). In the middle of the 14th century, North German merchants who had already been present in substantial numbers since the 13th century, founded one of the four Kontore of the Hanseatic League
Hanseatic League
at Bryggen
in Bergen. The principal export traded from Bergen
was dried cod from the northern Norwegian coast,[8] which started around 1100. The city was granted monopoly with regard to trade from the north of Norway, by King Håkon Håkonsson
Håkon Håkonsson
(1217-1263).[9] Stockfish
was the main reason that the city became one of North Europe's largest centres for trade at the time.[9] By the late 14th century, Bergen
had established itself as the centre of the trade in Norway.[10] The Hanseatic merchants lived in their own separate quarter of town, where Middle Low German
Low German
was used, enjoying exclusive rights to trade with the northern fishermen who each summer sailed to Bergen.[11] Today, Bergen's old quayside, Bryggen, is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.[12]

Hieronymus Scholeus's impression of Bergen. The drawing was made in about 1580 and was published in an atlas with drawings of many different cities (Civitaes orbis terrarum).[13]

In 1349, the Black Death
Black Death
was inadvertently brought to Norway
by the crew of an English ship arriving in Bergen.[14] In the 15th century, the city was attacked several times by the Victual Brothers,[15] and in 1429 they succeeded in burning the royal castle and much of the city. In 1665, the city's harbour was the site of the Battle of Vågen, where an English naval flotilla attacked a Dutch merchant and treasure fleet supported by the city's garrison. Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, Bergen
remained one of the largest cities in Scandinavia, and was Norway's biggest city until the 1830s,[16] when the capital city of Oslo
became the largest. From around 1600, the Hanseatic dominance of the city's trade gradually declined in favour of Norwegian merchants (often of Hanseatic ancestry), and in the 1750s, the Hanseatic Kontor
finally closed. Bergen
retained its monopoly of trade with Northern Norway
until 1789.[17]

An historic photochrom of Bergen
near the end of the 19th century. Visible are Domkirken in the bottom left side, Holy Cross Church in the middle, the bay (Vågen) with its many boats and the Bergenhus Fortress to the right of the opening of Vågen.

The Bergen
stock exchange, Bergen
børs, was established in 1813. Bergen
was separated from Hordaland
as a county of its own in 1831.[18] It was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The rural municipality of Bergen
landdistrikt was merged with Bergen
on 1 January 1877.[19] The rural municipality of Årstad was merged with Bergen
on 1 July 1915. The rural municipalities of Arna, Fana, Laksevåg, and Åsane
were merged with Bergen
on 1 January 1972. The city lost its status as a separate county on the same date.[20] Bergen
is now a municipality in Norway, in the county of Hordaland. World War II[edit] During World War II, Bergen
was occupied on the first day of the German invasion on 9 April 1940, after a brief fight between German ships and the Norwegian coastal artillery. On 20 April 1944, during the German occupation, the Dutch cargo ship Voorbode
anchored off the Bergenhus
Fortress, loaded with over 120 tons of explosives, blew up, killing at least 150 people and damaging historic buildings. The city was subject to some Allied bombing raids, aimed at German naval installations in the harbour. Some of these caused Norwegian civilian casualties numbering about 100. The Norwegian resistance movement
Norwegian resistance movement
groups in Bergen
were Saborg, Milorg, "Theta-gruppen", Sivorg, Stein-organisasjonen and the Communist Party.[21] Fires[edit] The city's history is marked by numerous great fires. In 1198, the Bagler
faction set fire to the city in connection with a battle against the Birkebeiner
faction during the civil war. In 1248, Holmen and Sverresborg burned, and 11 churches were destroyed. In 1413 another fire struck the city, and 14 churches were destroyed. In 1428 the city was plundered by German pirates, and in 1455, Hanseatic merchants were responsible for burning down Munkeliv Abbey. In 1476, Bryggen
burned down in a fire started by a drunk trader. In 1582, another fire hit the city centre and Strandsiden. In 1675, 105 buildings burned down in Øvregaten. In 1686 a new great fire hit Strandsiden, destroying 231 city blocks and 218 boathouses. The greatest fire to date happened in 1702 when 90 percent of the city was burned to ashes. In 1751, there was a great fire at Vågsbunnen. In 1756, a new fire at Strandsiden burned down 1,500 buildings, and further great fires hit Strandsiden in 1771 and 1901. In 1916, 300 buildings burned down in the city centre, and in 1955 parts of Bryggen burned down. Toponymy[edit] Bergen
is pronounced in English /ˈbɜːrɡən/ or /ˈbɛərɡən/ and in Norwegian [ˈbærɡn̩] ( listen). The Old Norse
Old Norse
forms of the name were Bergvin and Bjǫrgvin (and in Icelandic and Faroese the city is still called Björgvin). The first element is berg (n.) or bjǫrg (n.), which translates to 'mountain(s)'. The last element is vin (f.), which means a new settlement where there used to be a pasture or meadow. The full meaning is then 'the meadow among the mountains'.[22] A suitable name: Bergen
is often called 'the city among the seven mountains'. It was the playwright Ludvig Holberg
Ludvig Holberg
who felt so inspired by the seven hills of Rome, that he decided that his home town must be blessed with a corresponding seven mountains - and locals still argue which seven they are. In 1918, there was a campaign to re-introduce the Norse form Bjørgvin as the name of the city. This was turned down - but as a compromise, the name of the diocese was changed to Bjørgvin bispedømme.[23] Geography[edit]

Bergen: Urban areas (Statistics Norway)

occupies most of the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen
in the district of Midthordland
in mid-western Hordaland. The municipality covers an area of 465 square kilometres (180 square miles). Most of the urban area is on or close to a fjord or bay, although the urban area has several mountains. The city centre is surrounded by the Seven Mountains, although there is disagreement as to which of the nine mountains constitute these. Ulriken, Fløyen, Løvstakken
and Damsgårdsfjellet are always included as well as three of Lyderhorn, Sandviksfjellet, Blåmanen, Rundemanen
and Kolbeinsvarden.[24] Gullfjellet
is Bergen's highest mountain, at 987 metres (3,238 ft) above mean sea level.[25] Bergen
is sheltered from the North Sea by the islands Askøy, Holsnøy (the municipality of Meland) and Sotra
(the municipalities of Fjell and Sund). Bergen
borders the municipalities Meland, Lindås, and Osterøy
to the north, Vaksdal
and Samnanger
to the east, Os and Austevoll
to the south, and Sund, Fjell, and Askøy
to the west.

View of the city centre from Mt. Fløyen


on a rainy day

features a temperate oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb). Bergen experiences plentiful rainfall in all seasons, with annual precipitation measuring 2,250 mm (89 in) on average.[26] This is because Bergen
is surrounded by mountains that cause moist North Atlantic air to undergo orographic lift, yielding abundant rainfall. It rained every day from 29 October 2006 to 21 January 2007, 85 consecutive days.[27] The highest temperature ever recorded was 31.8 °C (89.2 °F) on 29 June 1947[28] and the lowest was −16.3 °C (2.7 °F) in January 1987.[29] Bergen's weather is warmer than the city's latitude (60.4° N) might suggest. Temperatures below -10 degrees Celsius are rare. Every summer, temperatures often reach the upper 20s, but the city sees temperatures over 30 degrees only a few days each decade. The high precipitation is often used in the marketing of the city, and features to a degree on postcards sold in the city. Compared to areas behind the mountains on the Scandinavian peninsula, Bergen
is much wetter and has a narrower temperature range with cool summers and mild winters. In terms of temperature and precipitation, Bergen
has more in common with the climate of Scotland
than with Oslo
or Sweden, where long heatwaves and cold snaps regularly occur. In recent years, precipitation and winds have increased in the city. In late 2005, heavy rains caused floods and several landslides, the worst of which killed three people on 14 September. Some indications are that, due to climate change, storms causing landslides and floods will become more severe in the area and in the surrounding counties. As a response, the municipality created a special 24-man rescue unit within the fire department in 2005, to respond to future slides and other natural disasters,[30] and neighbourhoods considered at risk of slides were surveyed in 2006.[31] The prediction was supported by over 480 landslides in Hordaland
county from the spring of 2006 to the summer of 2007. Most of the slides hit roads, however none of them caused damage to cars, buildings, or people,[32][33] until October 2007, when a large dislodged rock killed a motorist.[34] Another concern is the risk of rising sea levels. Bryggen
is already regularly flooded at extreme tides, and it is feared that as sea levels rise, floods will become a major problem in Bergen. Floods may in the future reach the railroad tracks leading out of the city.[35] Among others, Stiftelsen Bryggen, the foundation responsible for preserving the UNESCO
site, has suggested that a sea wall, one that could be raised and lowered as demanded by the tides, be built outside the harbour to protect the city.[36]

Climate data for Bergen, avg temps and precipitation 1981-2010, sunshine 1961-1990

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 16.9 (62.4) 13.2 (55.8) 17.2 (63) 22.5 (72.5) 27.6 (81.7) 29.9 (85.8) 31.8 (89.2) 31.0 (87.8) 27.1 (80.8) 23.1 (73.6) 17.9 (64.2) 13.9 (57) 31.8 (89.2)

Average high °C (°F) 4.3 (39.7) 4.5 (40.1) 6.5 (43.7) 10.4 (50.7) 14.7 (58.5) 17.3 (63.1) 19.1 (66.4) 18.6 (65.5) 15.4 (59.7) 11.4 (52.5) 7.3 (45.1) 4.8 (40.6) 11.2 (52.2)

Daily mean °C (°F) 2.2 (36) 2.2 (36) 3.8 (38.8) 7.0 (44.6) 10.9 (51.6) 13.6 (56.5) 15.6 (60.1) 15.4 (59.7) 12.4 (54.3) 8.8 (47.8) 5.1 (41.2) 2.7 (36.9) 8.3 (46.9)

Average low °C (°F) 0.1 (32.2) −0.2 (31.6) 1.1 (34) 3.6 (38.5) 7.0 (44.6) 9.9 (49.8) 12.2 (54) 12.1 (53.8) 9.4 (48.9) 6.2 (43.2) 2.8 (37) 0.6 (33.1) 5.4 (41.7)

Record low °C (°F) −16.3 (2.7) −13.4 (7.9) −11.3 (11.7) −5.5 (22.1) −0.1 (31.8) 0.8 (33.4) 2.5 (36.5) 2.5 (36.5) 0.0 (32) −5.5 (22.1) −10.0 (14) −13.0 (8.6) −16.3 (2.7)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 252.7 (9.949) 197.8 (7.787) 200.3 (7.886) 133.7 (5.264) 104.5 (4.114) 119.4 (4.701) 151.1 (5.949) 198.4 (7.811) 254.9 (10.035) 270.8 (10.661) 261.4 (10.291) 267.8 (10.543) 2,412.9 (94.996)

Average rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 19.1 16.4 17.3 14.0 12.8 12.7 14.5 15.9 17.0 19.1 18.1 18.5 195.4

Average relative humidity (%) 78 76 73 72 72 76 77 78 79 79 78 79 76.4

Mean monthly sunshine hours 19 56 94 147 186 189 167 144 86 60 27 12 1,187

Source #1: Météo Climat [37] NOAA (humidity and sunshine)[38]

Source #2: Voodoo Skies for extremes[39]


This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (December 2015)

Minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Bergen
by country of origin, 1 January 2013[40]

Ancestry Number

Total 38,790

 Poland 4,990

 Iraq 1,840

 Lithuania 1,600

 Somalia 1,360

 Vietnam 1,340

 Germany 1,330

 Chile 1,230

 Sri Lanka 1,200

 Sweden 1,160

 United Kingdom 1,110

As of the end of Q1 2016[update], the municipality had a population of 278,120,[1] making the population density 599 people per km2. As of 1 January 2015[update], the main urban area of Bergen
had 250,420 residents[41] and covered an area of 96.71 square kilometres (37.34 sq mi).[42] Other urban areas, as defined by Statistics Norway, consist of Indre Arna
Indre Arna
(6,536 residents on 1 January 2012), Fanahammeren
(3,690), Ytre Arna
Ytre Arna
(2,626), Hylkje
(2,277) and Espeland
(2,182).[42] Ethnic Norwegians
make up 84.5% of Bergen's residents. In addition, 8.1% were first or second generation immigrants of Western background and 7.4% were first or second generation immigrants of non-Western background.[43] The population grew by 4,549 people in 2009, a growth rate of 1,8%. Ninety-six percent of the population lives in urban areas. As of 2002, the average gross income for men above the age of 17 is 426,000 Norwegian krone
Norwegian krone
(NOK), the average gross income for women above the age of 17 is NOK 238,000, with the total average gross income being NOK 330,000.[43] In 2007, there were 104.6 men for every 100 women in the age group of 20-39.[43] 22.8% of the population were under 17 years of age, while 4.5% were 80 and above. The immigrant population (those with two foreign-born parents) in Bergen, includes 42,169 individuals with backgrounds from 180 countries representing 15.5% of the city's population (2014). Of these, 50.2% have background from Europe, 28.9% from Asia, 13.1% from Africa, 5.5% from Latin America, 1.9% from North America, and 0.4% from Oceania. The immigrant population in Bergen
in the period 1993-2008 increased by 119.7%, while the ethnic Norwegian population grew by 8.1% during the same period. The national average is 138.0% and 4.2%. The immigrant population has thus accounted for 43.6% of Bergen's population growth and 60.8% of Norway's population growth during the period 1993-2008, compared with 84.5% in Oslo.[44] The immigrant population in Bergen
has changed a lot since 1970. As of 1 January 1986, there were 2,870 people with a non-Western immigrant background in Bergen. In 2006, this figure had increased to 14,630, so the non-Western immigrant population in Bergen
was five times higher than in 1986. This is a slightly slower growth than the national average, which has sextupled during the same period. Also in relation to the total population in Bergen, the proportion of non-Westerns increased significantly. In 1986, the proportion of the total population in the municipality of non-Western background was 3.6%. In January 2006, people with a non-Western immigrant background accounted for 6 percent of the population in Bergen. The share of Western immigrants has remained stable at around 2% in the period. The number of Poles
in Bergen
rose from 697 in 2006 to 3,128 in 2010.[45]

St Mary's Church

The Church of Norway
is the largest denomination in Bergen, with 201,006 (79.74%) registered adherents in 2012. Bergen
is the seat of the Diocese
of Bjørgvin with Bergen Cathedral
Bergen Cathedral
as its centrepiece, while St John's Church is the city's most prominent. As of 2012, the state church is followed by 52,059 irreligious [46] 4,947 members of various Protestant free churches, 3,873 actively registrered Catholics[47][48] 2,707 registered Muslims, 816 registered Hindus, 255 registered Russian Orthodox and 147 registered Oriental Orthodox. Cityscape[edit]

Night view of Bergen
from Mount Floyen

The city centre of Bergen
lies in the west of the municipality, facing the fjord of Byfjorden. It is among a group of mountains known as the Seven Mountains, although the number is a matter of definition. From here, the urban area of Bergen
extends to the north, west and south, and to its east is a large mountain massif. Outside the city centre and the surrounding neighbourhoods (i.e. Årstad, inner Laksevåg
and Sandviken), the majority of the population lives in relatively sparsely populated residential areas built after 1950. While some are dominated by apartment buildings and modern terraced houses (e.g. Fyllingsdalen), others are dominated by single-family homes.[49]

View of the city centre with Torgallmenningen

The oldest part of Bergen
is the area around the bay of Vågen in the city centre. Originally centred on the bay's eastern side, Bergen eventually expanded west and southwards. Few buildings from the oldest period remain, the most significant being St Mary's Church from the 12th century. For several hundred years, the extent of the city remained almost constant. The population was stagnant, and the city limits were narrow.[50] In 1702, seven-eighths of the city burned. Most of the old buildings of Bergen, including Bryggen
(which was rebuilt in a mediaeval style), were built after the fire. The fire marked a transition from tar covered houses, as well as the remaining log houses, to painted and some brick-covered wooden buildings.[51] The last half of the 19th century saw a period of rapid expansion and modernisation. The fire of 1855 west of Torgallmenningen
led to the development of regularly sized city blocks in this area of the city centre. The city limits were expanded in 1876, and Nygård, Møhlenpris
and Sandviken
were urbanized with large-scale construction of city blocks housing both the poor and the wealthy.[52] Their architecture is influenced by a variety of styles; historicism, classicism and Art Nouveau.[53] The wealthy built villas between Møhlenpris
and Nygård, and on the side of Mount Fløyen; these areas were also added to Bergen
in 1876. Simultaneously, an urbanization process was taking place in Solheimsviken
in Årstad, at that time outside the Bergen
municipality, centred on the large industrial activity in the area.[54] The workers' homes in this area were poorly built, and little remains after large-scale redevelopment in the 1960s-1980s. After Årstad became a part of Bergen
in 1916, a development plan was applied to the new area. Few city blocks akin to those in Nygård and Møhlenpris
were planned. Many of the worker class built their own homes, and many small, detached apartment buildings were built. After World War II, Bergen
had again run short of land to build on, and, contrary to the original plans, many large apartment buildings were built in Landås
in the 1950s and 1960s. Bergen
acquired Fyllingsdalen from Fana
municipality in 1955. Like similar areas in Oslo
(e.g. Lambertseter), Fyllingsdalen
was developed into a modern suburb with large apartment buildings, mid-rises, and some single-family homes, in the 1960s and 1970s. Similar developments took place beyond Bergen's city limits, for example in Loddefjord.[55]

View from the Nordnes
part of Bergen.

At the same time as planned city expansion took place inside Bergen, its extra-municipal suburbs also grew rapidly. Wealthy citizens of Bergen
had been living in Fana
since the 19th century, but as the city expanded it became more convenient to settle in the municipality. Similar processes took place in Åsane
and Laksevåg. Most of the homes in these areas are detached row houses, single family homes or small apartment buildings.[55] After the surrounding municipalities were merged with Bergen
in 1972, expansion has continued in largely the same manner, although the municipality encourages condensing near commercial centres, future Bergen Light Rail
Bergen Light Rail
stations, and elsewhere.[56][57] As part of the modernisation wave of the 1950s and 1960s, and due to damage caused by World War II, the city government ambitiously planned redevelopment of many areas in central Bergen. The plans involved demolition of several neighbourhoods of wooden houses, namely Nordnes, Marken, and Stølen. None of the plans was carried out in its original form; the Marken and Stølen redevelopment plans were discarded and that of Nordnes
only carried out in the area that had been most damaged by war. The city council of Bergen
had in 1964 voted to demolish the entirety of Marken, however, the decision proved to be highly controversial and the decision was reversed in 1974. Bryggen was under threat of being wholly or partly demolished after the fire of 1955, when a large number of the buildings burned to the ground. Instead of being demolished, the remaining buildings were restored and accompanied by reconstructions of some of the burned buildings.[55] Demolition of old buildings and occasionally whole city blocks is still taking place, the most recent major example being the 2007 razing of Jonsvollskvartalet at Nøstet.[58]

Panorama of the reconstructed Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen, a World Heritage Site

Billboards are banned in the city.[59] Administration[edit] Since 2000, the city of Bergen
has been governed by a city government (byråd) based on the principle of parliamentarism.[60] The government consists of seven government members called commissioners, and is appointed by the city council, the supreme authority of the city. After the local elections of 2007, the city has been ruled by a right-wing coalition of the Progress Party, the Christian Democratic Party, and the Conservative Party, each with two commissioners.[61] The Conservative Party member Trude Drevland is mayor-on unpaid leave since 1 September 2015,[62][63] while conservative Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen is the leader of the city government,[64] the most powerful political position in Bergen. After the 2015 landslide elections for the Labour party, Marte Mjøs Persen (Labour Party) is the new Bergen
mayor, and Harald Schjeldrup (Labour Party) the new Bergen
governing mayor. The Labour Party has formed a new centre-left city government including the Labour Party, the Liberal Party, and the Christian Democrats. 2007 and 2011 elections[edit] There were Norwegian local elections, 2011. The 2007 city council elections were held on 10 September. The Socialist Left Party (SV) and the Pensioners Party (PP) ended up as the losers of the election, SV going from 11.6% of the votes in the 2003 elections to 7.1%, and PP losing 2.9% ending up at 1.2%. The Liberal Party more than doubled, going from 2.7% to 5.8%. The Conservative Party lost 1.1% of the votes, ending up at 26.3%, while the Progress Party got 20.2% of the votes, a gain of 3% since the 2003 elections. The Christian Democratic Party gained 0.2%, ending up at 6.3%. The Red Electoral Alliance lost 1.4%, ending up at 4.5%, while the Centre Party gained 1.2%, ending up at 2.8%. Finally, the Labour Party continued being the second-largest party in the city, gaining 1% and ending up at 23.9%.[65] 2015 elections[edit] In the 2015 election, the Labour Party won the Bergen
election with a landslide, and got 37,8 % of the votes, up 9 percent from 2011, while the Conservative party lost 12,8 % and ended up at just 22,1 %. The Labour Party formed a new centre-left city government with the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats. The Labour Party is now holding both the mayor office and governing mayor office. Currently, the party breakdown on the council is as follows:[66]

Kommunestyre 2015–2019

Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of representatives

  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 28

  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 6

  Conservative Party Høyre 15

  Christian Democratic Party Kristelig Folkeparti 6

  Green Party Miljøpartiet De Grønne 4

  Red Party Rødt 2

  Centre Party Senterpartiet 1

  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 5

  Liberal Party Venstre 6

Total number of members: 73


Boroughs of Bergen

is divided into eight boroughs,[67] as seen on the map to the right. Clockwise, starting with the northernmost, the boroughs are Åsane, Arna, Fana, Ytrebygda, Fyllingsdalen, Laksevåg, Årstad and Bergenhus. The city centre is located in Bergenhus. Parts of Fana, Ytrebygda, Åsane
and Arna are not part of the Bergen
urban area, explaining why the municipality has approximately 20,000 more inhabitants than the urban area.[citation needed] Local borough administrations have varied since Bergen's expansion in 1972. From 1974, each borough had a politically chosen administration. From 1989, Bergen
was divided into 12 health and social districts, each locally administered. From 2000 to 2004, the former organizational form with eight politically chosen local administrations was again in use and from 2008 through to 2010, a similar form existed where the local administrations had less power than previously.[68]

Borough Population[69] % Area (km2) % Density (/km2)

Arna 12,680 4.9 102.44 22.0 123

Bergenhus1 38,544 14.8 26.58 5.7 4.415

Fana 38,317 14.8 159.70 34.3 239

Fyllingsdalen 28,844 11.1 18.84 4.0 1.530

Laksevåg 38,391 14.8 32.72 7.0 1.173

Ytrebygda 25,710 9.9 39.61 8.5 649

Årstad2 37,614 14.5 14.78 3.2 4.440

Åsane 39,534 15.2 71.01 15.2 556

Not stated 758

Total 260,392 100 465.68 100 559

(Pertaining to the table above: The acreage figures include fresh water and uninhabited mountain areas, except: 1 1 The borough Bergenhus
is 8.73 km (5.42 mi) ², the rest is water and uninhabited mountain areas. 2 2 The borough Årstad is 8.47 km (5.26 mi) ², the rest is water and uninhabited mountain areas.) A former borough, Sentrum[edit] Sentrum (literally, "Centre") was a borough (with the same name as a present-day neighbourhood). The borough was numbered 01, and its perimeter was from Store Lungegårdsvann
Store Lungegårdsvann
and Strømmen along Puddefjorden
around Nordnes
and over to Skuteviken, up Mt. Fløyen east of Langelivannet, on to Skansemyren and over Forskjønnelsen to Store Lungegårdsvann, south of the railroad tracks.[70] The population of the (now defunct) borough, numbered in 1994 more than 18,000 people.[70] Education[edit]

The male choir of the University of Bergen

There are 64 elementary schools,[71] 18 lower secondary schools[72] and 20 upper secondary schools[73] in Bergen, as well as 11 combined elementary and lower secondary schools.[74] Bergen Cathedral
Bergen Cathedral
School is the oldest school in Bergen
and was founded by Pope Adrian IV
Pope Adrian IV
in 1153.[75] The " Bergen
School of Meteorology" was developed at the Geophysical Institute beginning in 1917, the Norwegian School of Economics
Norwegian School of Economics
was founded in 1936, and the University of Bergen
University of Bergen
in 1946.[citation needed] The University of Bergen
University of Bergen
has 16,000 students and 3,000 staff, making it the third-largest educational institution in Norway.[76] Research in Bergen
dates back to activity at Bergen Museum
Bergen Museum
in 1825, although the university was not founded until 1946. The university has a broad range of courses and research in academic fields and three national centres of excellence, in climate research, petroleum research and medieval studies.[77] The main campus is located in the city centre. The university co-operates with Haukeland University Hospital
Haukeland University Hospital
within medical research. The Chr. Michelsen Institute
Chr. Michelsen Institute
is an independent research foundation established in 1930 focusing on human rights and development issues.[78] Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
has 6,000 students and 600 staff.[79] It focuses on professional education, such as teaching, healthcare and engineering. The college was created through amalgamation in 1994; campuses are spread around town but will be co-located at Kronstad. The Norwegian School of Economics
Norwegian School of Economics
is located in outer Sandviken
and is the leading business school in Norway,[80] having produced three Economy Nobel Prize laureates.[81] The school has more than 3,000 students and approximately 400 staff.[82] Other tertiary education institutions include the Bergen
School of Architecture, the Bergen
National Academy of the Arts, located in the city centre with 300 students,[83] and the Norwegian Naval Academy located in Laksevåg. The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research has been located in Bergen
since 1900. It provides research and advice relating to ecosystems and aquaculture. It has a staff of 700 people.[84] Economy[edit]

Strandgaten is a shopping street in Bergen.

The stock exchange, Bergen
Børs (est. 1813) erected its new building in 1861–1862; the building was sold in 1967.

In August 2004, Time magazine named the city one of Europe's 14 "secret capitals"[85] where Bergen's capital reign is acknowledged within maritime businesses and activities such as aquaculture and marine research, with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) (the second-largest oceanography research centre in Europe) as the leading institution. Bergen
is the main base for the Royal Norwegian Navy
Royal Norwegian Navy
(at Haakonsvern) and its international airport Flesland is the main heliport for the Norwegian North Sea oil
North Sea oil
and gas industry, from where thousands of offshore workers commute to their work places onboard oil and gas rigs and platforms.[86] One of Norway's largest shopping centres, Lagunen Storsenter, is located in Fana
in Bergen, with a turnover of 2,540 billion Norwegian kroner, and 5.2 million visitors every year.[when?][citation needed] Tourism is an important income source for the city. The hotels in the city may be full at times,[87][88] due to the increasing number of tourists and conferences. Prior to the Rolling Stones concert in September 2006, many hotels were already fully booked several months in advance.[89] Bergen
is recognized as the unofficial capital of the region known as Western Norway, and recognized and marketed as the gateway city to the world-famous fjords of Norway, and for that reason, it has become Norway's largest - and one of Europe's largest - cruise ship ports of call.[90]

Office buildings in Bergen.



Airport, Flesland, is located 18 kilometres (11 mi) from the city centre, at Flesland.[91] In 2013, the Avinor-operated airport served 6 million passengers. The airport serves as a hub for Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle
Norwegian Air Shuttle
and Widerøe; there are direct flights to 20 domestic and 53 international destinations.[92] Bergen
Port, operated by Bergen Port Authority, is the largest seaport in Norway.[93] In 2011, the port saw 264 cruise calls with 350,248 visitors,[94] In 2009, the port handled 56 million tonnes of cargo, making it the ninth-busiest cargo port in Europe.[95] There are plans to move the port out of the city centre, but no location has been chosen.[96] Fjord
Line operates a cruiseferry service to Hirtshals, Denmark. Bergen
is the southern terminus of Hurtigruten, the Coastal Express, which operates with daily services along the coast to Kirkenes.[91] Passenger catamarans run from Bergen
south to Haugesund
and Stavanger,[97] and north to Sognefjord
and Nordfjord.[98] The city centre is surrounded by an electronic toll collection ring using the Autopass
system.[99] The main motorways consist of E39, which runs north-south through the municipality, E16, which runs eastwards, and National Road 555, which runs westwards. There are four major bridges connecting Bergen
to neighbouring municipalities: the Nordhordland
Bridge,[100] the Askøy
Bridge,[101] the Sotra Bridge[102] and the Osterøy
Bridge. Bergen
connects to the island of Bjorøy
via the subsea Bjorøy

Railway Station

Bergen Station
Bergen Station
is the terminus of the Bergen
Line, which runs 496 kilometres (308 mi) to Oslo.[104] The Norwegian State Railways operates express trains to Oslo
and the Bergen Commuter Rail
Bergen Commuter Rail
to Voss. Between Bergen
and Arna Station, the train runs about every 30 minutes through the Ulriken
Tunnel; there is no corresponding road tunnel, forcing road vehicles to travel via Åsane
or Nesttun.[105] Bergen
is one of the smallest cities in Europe to have both tram and trolleybus electric urban transport systems simultaneously. Public transport in Hordaland
is managed by Skyss, which operates an extensive city bus network in Bergen
and to many neighbouring municipalities,[106] including one route which operates as a trolleybus. The trolleybus system in Bergen
is the only one still in operation in Norway
and one of two trolleybus systems in Scandinavia.[107]

is a funicular which runs up Mount Fløyen

The modern tram Bergen Light Rail
Bergen Light Rail
(Bybanen) opened between the city centre and Nesttun
in 2010,[108] extended to Rådal
(Lagunen Storsenter) in 2013 and to the Bergen
airport Flesland in 2017.[109] Extensions to other boroughs may occur later.[110] Fløibanen
is a funicular which runs from the city centre to Mount Fløyen
and Ulriksbanen
is an aerial tramway which runs to Mount Ulriken. Culture and sports[edit]

The Markens and Mathismarkens Buekorps
at Bryggen

Bergens Tidende
Bergens Tidende
(BT) and Bergensavisen
(BA) are the largest newspapers, with circulations of 87,076 and 30,719 in 2006,[111] BT is a regional newspaper covering all of Hordaland
and Sogn
og Fjordane, while BA focuses on metropolitan Bergen. Other newspapers published in Bergen
include the Christian national Dagen, with a circulation of 8.936,[111] and TradeWinds, an international shipping newspaper. Local newspapers are Fanaposten for Fana, Sydvesten for Laksevåg
and Fyllingsdalen
and Bygdanytt for Arna and the neighbouring municipality Osterøy.[111] TV 2, Norway's largest private television company, is based in Bergen. The 1,500-seat Grieg Hall
Grieg Hall
is the city's main cultural venue,[112] and home of the Bergen
Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1765,[113] and the Bergen
Woodwind Quintet. The city also features Carte Blanche, the Norwegian national company of contemporary dance. The annual Bergen International Festival is the main cultural festival, which is supplemented by the Bergen
International Film Festival. Two internationally renowned composers from Bergen
are Edvard Grieg
Edvard Grieg
and Ole Bull. Grieg's home, Troldhaugen, has been converted to a museum. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Bergen
produced a series of successful pop, rock and black metal artists,[114] collectively known as the Bergen
Wave.[115][116] Den Nationale Scene
Den Nationale Scene
is Bergen's main theatre. Founded in 1850, it had Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen
as one of its first in-house playwrights and art directors. Bergen's contemporary art scene is centred on BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen
Kunsthall, United Sardines Factory (USF) and Bergen
Center for Electronic Arts (BEK). Bergen
was a European Capital of Culture in 2000.[117] Buekorps
is a unique feature of Bergen culture, consisting of boys aged from 7 to 21 parading with imitation weapons and snare drums.[118][119] The city's Hanseatic heritage is documented in the Hanseatic Museum located at Bryggen.[120] SK Brann
SK Brann
is Bergen's premier football team; founded in 1908, they have played in the (men's) Norwegian Premier League
Norwegian Premier League
for all but seven years since 1963 and consecutively, except one season after relegation in 2014, since 1987. The team were the football champions in 1961-1962, 1963, and 2007,[121] and reached the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1996-1997. Brann play their home games at the 17,824-seat Brann Stadion.[122] FK Fyllingsdalen
is the city's second-best team, playing in the Second Division at Varden Amfi. Its predecessor, Fyllingen, played in the Norwegian Premier League
Norwegian Premier League
in 1990, 1991 and 1993. Arna-Bjørnar
and Sandviken
play in the Women's Premier League. Bergen IK
Bergen IK
is the premier men's ice hockey team, playing at Bergenshallen
in the First Division. Tertnes play in the Women's Premier Handball League, and Fyllingen in the Men's Premier Handball League. In athletics, the city is dominated by IL Norna-Salhus, IL Gular and FIK BFG Fana, formerly also Norrøna IL and TIF Viking. Bergensk is the native dialect of Bergen
and a variation of Vestnorsk. It was strongly influenced by Low German-speaking merchants from the mid-14th to mid-18th centuries. During the Dano-Norwegian period from 1536 to 1814, Bergen
was more influenced by Danish than other areas of Norway. The Danish influence removed the female grammatical gender in the 16th century, making Bergensk one of very few Norwegian dialects with only two instead of three grammatical genders. The Rs are uvular trills, as in French, which probably spread to Bergen
some time in the 18th century, overtaking the alveolar trill in the time span of two to three generations. Owing to an improved literacy rate, Bergensk was influenced by riksmål and bokmål in the 19th and 20th centuries. This led to large parts of the German-inspired vocabulary disappearing and pronunciations shifting slightly towards East Norwegian.[123] The 1986 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
took place in Bergen. Bergen
is the host city for the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. Street art[edit]

"Che" by Dolk is painted on a building at Strandkaien in Bergen

is considered to be the street art capital of Norway.[124] Famed artist Banksy
visited the city in 2000[125] and inspired many to start creating street art. Soon after, the city brought up the most famous street artist in Norway: Dolk.[126][127] His art can still be seen in several places in the city, and in 2009 the city council choose to preserve Dolk's work "Spray" with protective glass.[128] In 2011, Bergen
council launched a plan of action for street art in Bergen
from 2011 to 2015 to ensure that " Bergen
will lead the fashion for street art as an expression both in Norway
and Scandinavia.[129] The Madam Felle (1831-1908) monument in Sandviken, is in honour of a Norwegian woman of German origin, who in the mid-19th century managed, against the will of the council, to maintain a counter of beer. A well-known restaurant of the same name is now situated at another location in Bergen. The monument was erected in 1990 by sculptor Kari Rolfsen, supported by an anonymous donor. Madam Felle, civil name Oline Fell, was remembered after her death in a popular song, possibly originally a folksong,[130] "Kjenner Dokker Madam Felle?" by Lothar Lindtner and Rolf Berntzen
Rolf Berntzen
on an album in 1977. Neighbourhoods[edit]

castle in Bergen, the Norwegian Royal Family's residence in Bergen

The traditional neighbourhoods of Bergen
include Bryggen, Eidemarken, Engen, Fjellet, Kalfaret, Ladegården, Løvstakksiden,[131] Marken, Minde, Møhlenpris, Nordnes, Nygård, Nøstet, Sandviken, Sentrum, Skansen, Skuteviken, Strandsiden, Stølen, Sydnes, Verftet, Vågsbunnen, Wergeland,[132] and Ytre Sandviken. International relations[edit] Each year Bergen
donates the Christmas Tree seen in Newcastle's Haymarket as a sign of the ongoing friendship between the sister cities.[133] The Nordic friendship cities of Bergen, Gothenburg, Turku and Aarhus
arrange inter-Nordic camps each year by inviting 10th grade school classes from each of the other cities to school camps. Bergen received a totem pole as a gift of friendship from the city of Seattle on the city's 900th anniversary in 1970. It is now placed in the Nordnes
Park and gazes out over the sea towards the friendship city far to the west. Sister (town) cities[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Norway

Asmara, Eritrea[134] Gothenburg, Sweden
(since 1946)[134] Newcastle, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(since 1968)[134][135]

Seattle, United States
United States
(since 1967)[134][136] Turku, Finland
(since 1946)[134] Aarhus, Denmark
(since 1946)[134][137]

Grunnkretser[edit] The various addresses in Bergen, each belong to one of the various grunnkrets. See also[edit]

List of people from Bergen


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Bibliography[edit] See also: Bibliography of the history of Bergen External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bergen.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bergen.

has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Bergen.

Municipality website in Norwegian and English German U-Boat Base in Bergen

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Austrheim Fedje Lindås Masfjorden Meland Modalen Osterøy Radøy Vaksdal




Eidfjord Granvin Jondal Kvam Odda Ullensvang Ulvik


Askøy Austevoll Bergen Fjell Fusa Os Øygarden Samnanger Sund


Bømlo Etne Fitjar Kvinnherad Stord Sveio Tysnes

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Boroughs of Bergen

Arna Årstad Åsane Bergenhus Fana Fyllingsdalen Laksevåg Ytrebygda

Former boroughs: Sentrum

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Neighbourhoods of Bergen, Norway


Espeland Indre Arna Ytre Arna


Gyldenpris Kronstad Landås Løvstakksiden Minde Nattland Solheim Slettebakken


Eidsvåg Flaktveit


Bryggen Eidemarken Engen Fjellet Kalfaret Ladegården Marken Møhlenpris Nordnes Nygård Nøstet Sandviken Sentrum Skansen Skuteviken Strandsiden Stølen Sydnes Verftet Vågsbunnen Ytre Sandviken


Fanahammeren Nattland Nesttun Paradis


Bønes Nedre Fyllingen Traudalen


Alvøen Bjørndal Drotningsvik Godvik Gravdal Hetlevik Håkonshella Kjøkkelvik Loddefjord Loddefjorddalen Mathopen Olsvik Vadmyra


Milde Steinsvik

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Subdivisions, counties, traditional districts, and municipalities of Norway




Arendal Birkenes Froland Gjerstad Grimstad Lillesand Risør Tvedestrand Vegårshei Åmli

Otrudal/ Råbyggelaget

Bygland Evje og Hornnes Iveland


Bykle Valle



Audnedal Farsund Flekkefjord Kvinesdal Lyngdal Åseral


Hægebostad Kristiansand Lindesnes Mandal Marnardal Sirdal Songdalen Søgne Vennesla

Eastern Norway



Enebakk Frogn Nesodden Oppegård Ski Vestby Ås

Romerike (Nedre, Øvre)

Aurskog-Høland Eidsvoll Fet Gjerdrum Hurdal Lørenskog Nannestad Nes Nittedal Rælingen Skedsmo Sørum Ullensaker


Asker Bærum Oslo



Flå Nes Gol Hol Hemsedal Ål


Flesberg Nore og Uvdal Rollag


Hole Krødsherad Modum Ringerike Sigdal


Drammen Eiker
(Nedre, Øvre) Kongsberg Lier


Hurum Røyken



Eidskog Kongsvinger Odal, Norway
(Nord, Sør)


Gjøvik Hamar Løten Ringsaker Stange


Grue Våler Åsnes


Alvdal Elverum Engerdal Folldal Os Rendalen Stor-Elvdal Tolga, Norway Trysil Åmot



Dovre Fron (Nord, Sør) Gausdal Lesja Lillehammer Lom Ringebu Sel Skjåk Vågå Øyer


Gran Lunner Jevnaker


Nordre Søndre


Østre Vestre


(Nord, Sør) Etnedal Slidre
(Vestre, Øystre) Vang


Aust- Telemark

Bø Hjartdal Nome Notodden Sauherad Tinn

Vest- Telemark

Fyresdal Kviteseid Nissedal Seljord Tokke Vinje


Bamble Drangedal Kragerø Porsgrunn Siljan Skien


Færder Holmestrand Horten Larvik Re Sande Sandefjord Svelvik Tønsberg


Aremark Askim Eidsberg Fredrikstad Halden Hobøl Hvaler Marker Moss Rakkestad Rygge Rømskog Råde Sarpsborg Skiptvet Spydeberg Trøgstad Våler

Northern Norway



Bearalváhki Báhcavuotna Gáŋgaviika Davvesiidda Unjárga Mátta-Várjjat Deatnu Čáhcesuolu Várggát


Ákŋoluokta Áltá Davvinjárga Fálesnuorri Guovdageaidnu Hámmárfeasta Kárášjohka Láhppi Muosát Porsáŋgu



Alstahaug Bindal Brønnøy Dønna Grane Hattfjelldal Hemnes Herøy Leirfjord Lurøy Nesna Rana Rødøy Sømna Træna Vefsn Vega Vevelstad


Flakstad Moskenes Røst Vestvågøy Værøy Vågan


Ballangen Evenes Lødingen Narvik Tjeldsund Tysfjord


Beiarn Bodø Fauske Gildeskål Hamarøy Meløy Saltdal Steigen Sørfold


Andøy Bø Hadsel Sortland Øksnes



Bardu Berg Dyrøy Lenvik Målselv Sørreisa Torsken Tranøy


Balsfjord Karlsøy Kåfjord Kvænangen Lyngen Nordreisa Skjervøy Storfjord Tromsø


Gratangen Harstad Ibestad Kvæfjord Lavangen Salangen Skånland

Central Norway



Bjugn Frøya Hitra Indre Fosen Osen Roan Åfjord Ørland


Inderøy Levanger Snåsa Steinkjer Verdal Verran


Flatanger Fosnes Grong Høylandet Leka Lierne Namdalseid Namsos Namsskogan Nærøy Overhalla Røyrvik Vikna


Frosta Meråker Stjørdal


Holtålen Melhus Midtre Gauldal Røros


Agdenes Hemne Meldal Oppdal Orkdal Rennebu Snillfjord


Klæbu Malvik Selbu Skaun Trondheim Tydal

Western Norway



Eidfjord Granvin Jondal Kvam Odda Ullensvang Ulvik

Midt- Hordland

Askøy Austevoll Bergen Fjell Fusa Os, Hordaland Samnanger Sund Øygarden

Nord- Hordland

Austrheim Fedje Lindås Masfjorden Meland Modalen Osterøy Radøy Vaksdal

Sunn- Hordland

Bømlo Etne Fitjar Kvinnherad Stord Sveio Tysnes



Møre og Romsdal


Aure Averøy Eide Gjemnes Halsa Kristiansund Rindal Smøla Sunndal Surnadal Tingvoll


Aukra Fræna Midsund Molde Nesset Rauma Sandøy Vestnes


Giske Haram, Norway Hareid Herøy Norddal Sande Skodje Stordal Stranda Sula Sykkylven Ulstein Vanylven Volda Ålesund Ørskog Ørsta



Bjerkreim Eigersund Lund Sokndal


Bokn Haugesund Karmøy Tysvær Utsira Vindafjord


Gjesdal Hå Klepp Randaberg Sandnes Sola Stavanger Time


Finnøy Forsand Hjelmeland Kvitsøy Rennesøy Sauda Strand Suldal

og Fjordane


Bremanger Eid Gloppen Hornindal Selje Stryn Vågsøy


Askvoll Fjaler Flora Førde Gaular Jølster Naustdal


Aurland Balestrand Gulen Høyanger Hyllestad Leikanger Luster Lærdal Sogndal Solund Vik Årdal

italics denote a historical area; see Historical maps of Norway

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Most populous urban areas of Norway

As of 1 January 2014, according to Statistics Norway

1. Oslo 942,084

2. Bergen 251,281

3. Stavanger/Sandnes 207,439

4. Trondheim 172,226

5. Drammen 112,123

6. Fredrikstad/Sarpsborg 107,920

7. Porsgrunn/Skien 91,349

8. Kristiansand 59,681

9. Tønsberg 50,372

10. Ålesund 50,345

11. Moss 45,017

12. Sandefjord 42,345

13. Arendal 42,145

14. Haugesund 40,631

15. Bodø 39,384

16. Tromsø 33,319

17. Hamar 26,232

18. Halden 24,707

19. Larvik 23,579

20. Askøy 21,911

21. Kongsberg 20,670

22. Harstad 20,533

23. Molde 20,327

24. Horten 20,036

25. Gjøvik 19,604

26. Lillehammer 19,586

27. Mo i Rana 18,592

28. Kristiansund 18,300

29. Korsvik 16,385

30. Tromsdalen 16,271

31. Jessheim 15,966

32. Hønefoss 15,154

33. Ski 14,446

34. Alta 14,430

35. Elverum 14,326

36. Narvik 14,202

37. Askim 13,822

38. Leirvik 13,717

39. Drøbak 13,445

40. Nesoddtangen 12,428

41. Osøyro 12,296

42. Vennesla 12,242

43. Steinkjer 12,224

44. Grimstad 12,172

45. Arna 11,960

46. Kongsvinger 11,938

47. Råholt 11,828

48. Stjørdalshalsen 11,453

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Most populous metropolitan areas in Norway

As of 2013, according to Statistics Norway

1. Oslo 1,502,604

2. Bergen 407,935

3. Stavanger 319,822

4. Trondheim 267,132

5. Kristiansand 155,648

6. Drammen 151,769

7. Fredrikstad 138,682

8. Haugesund 128,797

9. Tønsberg 120,747

10. Sandvika 118,115

11. Skien 112,082

12. Sandefjord 90,532

13. Ålesund 82,165

14. Tromsø 73,631

15. Sandnes 71,462

16. Moss 56,210

17. Sarpsborg 54,049

18. Bodø 52,768

19. Arendal 43,755

20. Larvik 42,637

21. Porsgrunn 35,504

22. Hamar 30,921

23. Halden 30,116

24. Gjøvik 29,618

25. Ski 29,482

26. Askøy 27,273

27. Lillehammer 27,044

28. Horten 26,701

29. Kongsberg 26,296

30. Molde 26,027

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50 most populous urban areas in the Nordic countries

 Denmark  Finland  Iceland  Norway  Sweden

1. Stockholm 1,372,565

2. Copenhagen 1,263,698

3. Helsinki 1,214,210

4. Oslo 958,378

5. Gothenburg 549,839

6. Tampere 325,025

7. Malmö 280,415

8. Aarhus 261,570

9. Turku 260,367

10. Bergen 250,420

11. Stavanger 210,874

12. Reykjavík 209,510

13. Oulu 193,817

14. Trondheim 175,068

15. Odense 173,814

16. Uppsala 140,454

17. Aalborg 132,578

18. Jyväskylä 120,306

19. Lahti 117,424

20. Drammen 113,534

21. Västerås 110,877

22. Fredrikstad-Sarpsborg 108,636

23. Örebro 107,038

24. Linköping 104,232

25. Helsingborg 97,122

26. Porsgrunn-Skien 91,737

27. Jönköping 89,396

28. Norrköping 87,247

29. Kuopio 86,034

30. Pori 84,509

31. Lund 82,800

32. Umeå 79,594

33. Esbjerg 72,060

34. Gävle 71,033

35. Vaasa 66,911

36. Borås 66,273

37. Joensuu 65,686

38. Eskilstuna 64,679

39. Södertälje 64,619

40. Karlstad 61,685

41. Randers 61,664

42. Täby 61,272

43. Växjö 60,887

44. Kristiansand 60,583

45. Kolding 58,757

46. Halmstad 58,577

47. Horsens 56,536

48. Lappeenranta 55,429

49. Vejle 53,975

50. Kotka 52,600

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European Capitals of Culture

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and Greater Region Sibiu 2008 Liverpool Stavanger 2009 Linz Vilnius 2010 Ruhr Istanbul Pécs 2011 Turku Tallinn 2012 Maribor Guimarães 2013 Košice Marseille 2014 Umeå Riga 2015 Mons Plzeň 2016 San Sebastián Wrocław 2017 Aarhus Paphos 2018 Valletta Leeuwarden 2019 Plovdiv Matera 2020 Rijeka Galway 2021 Timișoara Elefsina Novi Sad 2022 Kaunas Esch-sur-Alzette

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Hanseatic League
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Holy Roman Empire
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Brunswick Magdeburg

Berlin Bremen Erfurt Frankfurt an der Oder Goslar Mühlhausen Nordhausen


Danzig (Gdańsk)

Breslau (Wrocław) Dorpat (Tartu) Elbing (Elbląg) Königsberg
(Kaliningrad) Cracow (Kraków) Reval (Tallinn) Riga
(Rīga) Thorn (Toruń)


1 Dortmund

Deventer Groningen Kampen Münster Osnabrück Soest



(Bergen) Hanzekantoor

Bruges Antwerp2 

(London) Peterhof (Novgorod)


Bishop's Lynn Falsterbo Ipswich Kaunas Malmö Polotsk Pskov

Other cities

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gained importance once Bruges
became inaccessible due to the silting of the Zwin

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