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Bergen beats Moss, Voss as “most beautiful” town

Bergen has been given a state award as Norway’s most attractive city in a final competition against Moss and Voss.

Bergen has taken first place in the final of a state-run competition to be crowned Norway’s most attractive city in 2019, beating the towns of Moss and Voss. All Norwegian cities and towns, big and small, were eligible for the competition.

The three finalists this year worked purposefully to develop attractive urban areas with good urban spaces and meeting places, in spite of very different sizes, but the jury emphasised that Bergen took first because it was both “bold and innovative”.

“Bergen takes courageous and innovative approaches to creating an attractive city. Expertise, dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration are important tools, and the city has placed strong focus on urban spaces and new connections that link the city together and make it appear attractive, also outside its historical centre,” said juror Alexandria Algard.

Part of the criteria for the competition was how each finalist dealt with sustainability.

“Bergen is a forward-looking urban development municipality with the implementation force that has made several steps in recent years to stop urban sprawl and to steer urban development in a sustainable direction”, the jury concluded.

Criteria and reward
The state’s award for sustainable urban development, according to statutes, is meant to highlight innovative measures, strategies and forms of cooperation that promote better environmental, health and living conditions in cities and towns, and which facilitate good land use and environmentally friendly transport and energy use.

The prize consists of NOK 250,000 (€25,550), as well as a plaque and a certificate. The previous years’ prize winners were Kristiansand (2018), Fredrikstad (2017), Bodø (2016) and Trondheim (2015).

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