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Norway’s Best Music Festivals and Concerts

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Music lovers from around the world gather to witness some of the world’s greatest live music festivals and events, all to be found in Norway. Whether you prefer jazz, rock, traditional music or something else altogether, these world famous music festivals are considered some of the most popular and exciting events in the country.

Jazz Festivals

Moldejazzis the oldest jazz music festival in all of Europe, and for good reason. Since its inception in 1961 this festival has been growing steadily, adding new resident and traveling musicians to its list of entertainers and performers, with every year. Located in the Molde, this annual festival has received the Norwegian “Buddy Award” several times, and is known as one of the best music festivals in the country. For more information visit moldejazz.no.

Sildajazz is one of the largest international jazz festivals in Norway. Featuring Norwegian musicians, as well as musicians from New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, France, Russia, Sweden, and many other areas around the world, this is one festival music-lovers won’t want to miss. The four to five day event takes place in Stavanger, during the late summer months. For more information go to sildajazz.no.

Rock Festivals and Concerts

The annual Norway Rock Festival has grown tremendously since the days when it first began as the Kvinesdal Rock Festival. Featuring famous bands and musicians from around the world, this festival takes place over a period of several days in late July. For more information visit Norway rock.no.

Oslo Live Festival is held annually at Konstraskjaeret. One of the country’s newest festivals, started in 2008, the event has quickly become known as one of Norway’s major festivals. Featuring three full days of rock, pop and hip-hop music, right in the middle of one of the country’s biggest cities, this is one festival no music lover should skip. For more information visit Oslo’s visitor information web-site. While there check out the Oya music festival, Oslo’s biggest rock music festival, attended by more than 60,000 people annually.

Traditional Norwegian Music Concerts and Folk Music Festivals

The FØrde Traditional and World Music Festival is held during the second week of July. Fans of folk and traditional Norwegian music will find plenty of entertainment at this annual festival, as will those who enjoy a variety of exotic music samplings, from all around the world. Dancing, children’s activities, parades and much more will keep everyone in the family busy and happy, during this three day long music extravaganza. For more information visit fordfestival.no

Other Festivals in Norway

The Numusic Festival, held in Stavanger, is a celebration of electronic music, as well as many other types of music which can be defined as “new and adventurous“. The festival has established itself as the world’s greatest showcase of original and progressive music. The festival is held in late summer/early fall. For more information about the Stavanger Numusic Festival visit numusic.no.

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Top 5 Places To Live In Norway

March 20th, 2012 · No Comments

People tend to relocate for a variety of reasons. Some are seeking to increase their income, while others may just be hoping to find a steady job. People living in urban areas, especially in other regions of the world, often choose Norway because of its long standing number 1 position on the United Nation’s list of the world’s safest country’s to live in. Finally, there are those nature lovers to consider people seeking to find respite from urbanization, by relocating to an area that is known for its gorgeous scenery and natural environment. When approaching this article then, all of these viewpoints were considered. The resulting list provides a little something for everyone, regardless of the reason for relocation.

1. Top Place to Find Employment

Looking to find work in Norway? Tromsø tops the list of best places to find employment in the country. With the lowest unemployment rate in Norway, this large island metropolis offers a variety of opportunities for work. You are likely to find job openings in any number of areas, including health, engineering, hospitality, education, business, communications and technology. Add to that the fact that, while this urban area is commonly referred to as the “Capital of the Arctic”, local temperatures are commonly higher than those recorded in surrounding areas. Offering diverse cultural activities, historically rich architecture, and ample opportunity for outdoor recreation and nature exploration, Tromsø certainly deserves a place on our list, as one of the top five places to live in Norway.

2. Safety 

Norway, considered by the UN to be the safest country in the world, has a lower rate of violent crime than any other country, European or otherwise. For those looking to escape city life and the hazards that often come along with it, Longyearbyen, in Svalbard, may be just the destination you have been searching for. While this location is by no means a booming metropolis, it does have a population of more than 2,000, and yet the crime rate is virtually non-existent. You may be surprised to discover that this small, northern Norwegian town boasts a University Campus, offering courses which focus primarily on Arctic studies, and a range of businesses and services, from churches to night clubs. You’ll find a variety of shops, a cinema, sports complex and much more, all without the risks associated with living in a large city.

3. Highest Income

With the highest income per capita in the country, the municipality of Bærum was also voted as “Norway’s Best Town” in 2011. According to an article which appeared in “Dagbladet”, a popular Norwegian tabloid newspaper, the municipality provides the highest level of satisfaction to citizens, in areas that include public services and effective governance. The area has a population of approximately 106,000 people, with an average yearly income of $343,795. With a thriving business and service sector, coupled with a range of scenic environments, including  fjords, beaches, forests and hills, all at the borders of the nation’s capital city,  it’s clear why this area ranks in the top five.

4. Most Scenic

While it is difficult to say definitively that any one location is more beautiful than another, especially when comparing areas of a country like Norway, which consists of an almost unlimited variety of scenic locations, there is one small village which has retained the title of “Norway’s most Beautiful Village” for over forty years. The small village of Reine, located in Moskenes municipality, had a population of only 342 people in the year 2005. Located above the Arctic Circle, surrounded by miles of beautiful coastline and offering spectacular mountain views, this remote location might the perfect place to relocate, if you are really looking to “get away from it all.”

5. Best Cultural Offerings

From the Royal Residence to the Museum of Pop and Rock, Trondheim boasts an amazingly diverse assortment of museums and cultural activities and events. The Archbishop’s Palace Museum is strikingly beautiful and provides an interesting array of artifacts and original artworks, from the Nidarosdomen Cathedral. The Science Center, on the other hand, offers a variety of hands on activities, promising “revelations for kids of all ages”. Possibly because of its position as a University town, the area has a multitude of fine dining establishments,

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What is your opinion? Where do you think is the best place to live in Norway, and why? Tell us about it in a comment below!

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