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My favourite Norway's town!

Ancient and modern.

Founded by King Olav Tryggvason of Viking fame in 997, Trondheim holds a special place in Norwegian history and culture. It was the first capital of Norway, and is still the city where new kings receive their ceremonial blessing. Situated by the Trondheim fjord, it is surrounded by lovely forested hills, with the Nidelva river winding through the town. It has been and still is a popular pilgrimage site, an ecclesiastical centre, a regional capital, a centre for commerce and administration – and last, but not least a city of education and research.

While far north – only 500 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle – Trondheim’s climate is blessed by the warming presence of the Gulf Stream, providing weather conditions similar to that of Scotland.

When you visit Trondheim, you will notice
– the wide meandering loop of the Nidelva river round the city centre, with sections of the old warehouses still intact along its shores,
– the impressive Nidaros Cathedral, standing slightly apart from the busy part of the town
– the wide open streets
– the tall column with the statue of Viking King Olav Tryggvason in the centre of the marketplace
– The Old Town Bridge with carved gates and wooden railings and footpath.

Facts and figures
Area: 342 square kilometres
Population: 152 668(31 December 2002)
Students: 27 000 (18 % of the total population)
Foreign citizens: 5.5 % (3.8 % of non-Western origin, 1.7 % of Western origin)
Households: 65 000
Life expectancy men: 75.5 years of age
Life expectancy women: 81.3 years of age
Population density: 465 inhabitants per square kilometre (students included)

A centre for technology and education
Trondheim’s well-established and internationally renowned university and research community provides resources for many types of business and industry. The university, colleges and Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute – the SINTEF Group – make Trondheim the technology capital of Norway.
The university community in Trondheim has always been strong on technology and natural science. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s second largest university with a staff of 2,650 and more than 20,000 students.

Natural Resources
The Norwegian Sea off the coast of Trondheim is growing in importance to the offshore sector, and Statoil’s Stjørdal operations centre for the Heidrun and Stjørdal fields will ensure a high level of activity for business and industry in the Trondheim region for years to come.

Trondheim and the surrounding region is a major centre for the processing and worldwide distribution of salmon and whitefish.

Far away is Close at Hand
Trondheim Airport Værnes has hourly departures to Oslo, and a direct connection to Copenhagen which is a hub of Scandinavian international air travel. Trains run several times a day to Oslo, and the daily departure of the express coastal steamer brings you either south to Bergen or north to the North Cape.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:My favourite norwegian town
  • Cons:Prices, quite high
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful city and people
  • Last visit to Trondheim: Jul 1998
  • Intro Updated Jan 16, 2005
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