Bodø seeks ‘cultural capital’ status

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Norway’s northern city of Bodø is the only Norwegian applicant to become a “European Capital of Culture” in 2024. It won support this week from leaders of the Northern Norwegian counties.

Bodø’s new library and cultural center looks out over a picturesque and busy harbour. PHOTO:

Troms and Finnmark, along with Nordland where Bodø is located, have given their full support to Bodø, which is surrounded by mountain ranges, undergoing massive redevelopment and already serves as a gateway to the wildly popular Lofoten archipelago.

Bodø itself is full of artistic endeavours, a large new library and cultural center, a lively maritime community and scenic landscapes on all sides. It faces competition, however, from historic cities in Balkan countries including Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia-Hercegovina. The winner will be announced at the end of next year. staff