New Bergen tram off to rocky start

The city of Bergen, on Norway’s west coast, is due to officially launch its new tram line called Bybanen, but accidents have plagued its trial period over the past several weeks. The new tram system has suffered collisions with other vehicles and even a derailment. The problems are threatening to delay the system’s grand opening, […]

Bergen’s concert hall needs renewal

The concert hall in Bergen that’s named after the west coast city’s famous native composer Edvard Grieg needs renovation, to the tune of NOK 220 million. City officials and its cultural elite are raising funds for Grieghallen, with most of it sought from the public sector. The concert hall in the heart of Bergen, built […]

Bergen tries to forgive holiday vandal

A 20-year-old Bergen man has admitted to being the vandal who destroyed a vast collection of gingerbread houses assembled by thousands of children last weekend. Now his fellow Bergenese are debating what kind of punishment he should receive, while officials suggest they’re ready to forgive and forget. The young vandal claims he was simply drunk. […]

Bergen rebuilds its 'Gingerbread City'

Hundreds of new gingerbread houses are already streaming into a pavilion in downtown Bergen, where citizens aim to build an even bigger Pepperkakeby (Gingerbread City) than the one razed by vandals during the weekend. Police arrested two suspects, aged 21 and 26, Monday evening but released them during the night.Police were reluctant to reveal much […]

Reward offered for gingerbread vandals

A former mayor of Bergen is among those offering NOK 100,000 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for demolishing what was supposed to be the world’s largest Pepperkakeby (Gingerbread City). Thousands of children had spent all day building it in downtown Bergen on Saturday, only to see it smashed by vandals during the […]

Thousands descend on Bergen

The annual cultural event known as Festspillene is royally underway in Bergen, with an estimated 40,000 expected to fill local concert halls and theaters. King Harald and Queen Sonja followed tradition in opening this year’s Bergen International Festival, which runs through June 3. It’s the largest music and arts festival in the Nordic countries, attracting […]