On the west coast of Norway, one of the most gender equal countries in the world, you’ll find the historic city of Bergen. With it’s astonishing nature, and beautiful architecture, this historic Hanseatic city was voted the second most beautiful city in Europe by the readers of US Today in 2013.
But what makes Bergen so special? Is it because it’s the “gateway to the fjords”? Is it Bergen’s historic wharf, Bryggen, and the city’s architecture with surrounding fjords and beautiful mountains? Or is it the fact that the city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular port for cruise ships?
It’s actually all of the above, as well as the fact that Bergen is a diverse city, full of open minded and lovely people. The city is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, and a proud European City of Culture, with a wide range of concerts, international festivals and museums of all kinds. Since 2008, the city has had an action plan against homophobia and transphobia and is today a member of The Rainbow Cities Network, and Bergen Pride is a proud member of EPOA- European Pride Organisers. Norway is also ranked the third best country in Europe to be a LGBTI person in. Bergen is a city where you can proudly be who you are!