Bergen and the region
Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City, a European City of Culture and “The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway”. The City and region is proud to be hosting the UCI Road World Championships in 2017.
Bergen is the capital of Western Norway and the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway. The Bergen region has a coastline with thousands of islands and a buzzing cultural scene. The Island archipelago and the majestic fjords make for highly varied scenery. Waterfalls cascade down the mountainsides, snow glitters on the mountain tops and lush green pastures line in the fjords.
Bergen is sheltered from the North Sea by the islands Askøy, Holsnøy (the municipality of Meland) and Sotra (the municipalities of Fjell, Sund and Øygarden). 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, Øygarden and Askøy to the west.
The city is an international center for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, and a national center of expertise for higher education, tourism and finance.
With its proximity to the North Sea and the fjords, Bergen and the region are accustomed to a fine mix of weather conditions. From the clear blue sky, to the delight of rain, the inhabitants of Western Norway live with nature. Because of the Gulf Stream, the climate is much better than the latitude indicates. The temperatures are mostly like continental Europe during autumn at 10-20°C. In the autumn the landscape is painted in golden colors, and this creates a very special atmosphere around the city and region. The acclaimed Trip Advisor ranked Bergen as one of the top ten most beautiful cities in the world to visit in the autumn.
The Bergen region has world leading business clusters within
- Energy sector: Oil, gas and renewable energy
- Maritime sector: Ship owners, shipyards, service companies and suppliers
- Marine sector: Fisheries, aquaculture and other marine products
- Adventure, culture and travel
- Media and culture based businesses: Media, design, film and music
- ICT and financial sector
The Bergen region is a leading knowledge region with more than 30.000 students and 4.000 scientists; University of Bergen, Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen University College, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norwegian School of Management, Stord/Haugesund University College, Bergen School of Architecture and the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy.