Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City, a European City of Culture and known as the gateway to the fjords of Norway. Having a reputation as a festival city it previously hosted the Tall Ships Races in 1993, 2001, 2008 and 2014 with tremendous success and has a strong reputation with local citizens. Surrounded by seven mountains, its location makes its strikingly attractive.
Mayor Marte Mjøs Persen said, “Maritime traditions are an important part of Bergen’s identity. The joint effort with STI in arranging the Tall Ships Races reinforces and confirms Bergen as a central port for the maritime industry. Bergen has proven to be a city for big events, with the Hanseatic days in 2016, the UCI Road World Championship in 2017 and now the Tall Ships Races in 2019. We are honoured and looking forward to welcome the Tall Ships fleet to Bergen in 2019.”
Commissioner for climate, cultural affairs and business development, Julie Andersland, said, “We are very pleased that STI has again showed confidence in us to be the host of Tall Ships races in 2019. We have fantastic memories from the last time we hosted this event, and we will do our best to make the Tall Ships Races in Bergen 2019 an unforgettable experience.”
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