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Bergen Travel Guide, Norway

The city of Bergen happens to be one of the very important cities for the country of Norway. It is the administrative center for County of Hordaland and it is located on the south western coast of this country. Uniqueness of the city increases due to the many mountains which are located right in the center of the city. These mountains are famous by the name of De Syv Fjell (which in English means The Seven Mountains). The city has many mountains other then the seven in its center and the highest of them all is Gullfjellet which is around 990 meters above sea level.

As per the census of year 2008 the population for Bergen was around 251000 inhabitants. This makes Bergen the second most populated city of Norway. The economic region of Bergen is called as Statistics Norway and by the year 2007 the population for this region was around 373000 inhabitants. Major countries from which people migrate to Bergen are Sri Lanka, Polish, Chile, Vietnam, and Iraq. It stretches over an area of around 465 kilometer square of which around 445 kilometer square is land and rest is water. Locals of Bergen are called as Bergenser.

The annual average rainfall in the city of Bergen is around 2250 millimeters and due to this heavy rainfall it has been tagged as The City of Rain. Major reason behind this huge rainfall is the mountains which halt the path of clouds thus bringing most of the rain for the city itself. The city holds the record for experiencing rainfall straight for 85 days starting from October 29th, 2006, and stopping on January 21st, 2007. It is this high amount of rainfall which is used to promote the tourism business of Bergen. At one time many umbrella vending machines were also installed in the city but they didn’t prove to be huge success.

On the eastern side of Bergen lie Samnanger and Vaksdal municipalities, on the western side lie Askoy and Fjell municipalities, on the southern side lie Austevoll and Os municipalities, and on the northern side lie Osteroy, Lindas, and Meland municipalities.

Bergen is divided into around 8 boroughs namely Bergenhus, Arstad, Laksevag, Fyllingsdalen, Ytrebygda, Fana, Arna, and Asane. Although these boroughs were dissolved in the year 2004 but again were opened for administrative purposes by the year 2008.

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