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Panorama picture from Bergen Municipality in Norway


Bergen is an international town full of historie and tradition; a big town with small-town charm and atmosphere. Bergen has something to offer. The old parts of town are living history and our museums and galleries keep both art and our ancestral heritage alive. Tradition, initiative and drive has made Bergen one of Norway´s most vigorous cultural towns. It isn´t merely by chance that Norway´s biggest cultural event - the Bergen International Festival - is held here each year, or that we have been picked out to be one of the European Towns of Culture in 2000.

The Fjord Capital has a, vide variety of activities ranging from "high" culture to lively football matches at the Brann Stadium. We have a professional ballet company, an exciting jazz and blues milieu, repertory theatres and imaginative revues. Norway´s very first theatre, Den Nationale Scene, and the Bergen International Theatre offer a broad spectrum of performances, while one of the world´s oldest symphony orchestras, Harmonien, holds Thursday concerts in the town´s splendid Grieg Hall.