Shipping and trading fish to all corners of the world has built Bergen and the surrounding municipalities. This has brought competence and knowledge about the ocean industries to the region and later competence in oil, gas, subsea and renewable energy.
Today Greater Bergen has complete value chains within most of the ocean industries, and universities, university colleges and institutes with strong and competent research and development environments in all these sectors.
Perfectly situated on the western coast of Norway, Bergen has the proximity to the ocean. The ocean and the ocean industries will also in the future be an important source to growth and development.
Ocean industries crossover
In the region you will find the perfect vibrant place to develop your business in Scandinavia, the Nordic or in Northern Europe. Companies are growing within all sectors and we have an interesting innovation scene.
The industrial clusters are cooperating closely, and through good relations new projects and services that are vital for the innovation in the region are developed. Often innovation is happening between subsea technicians, experts on aquaculture, design thinking and perhaps with assistance from media technology.
Bergen Teknologioverføring AS (BTO) is the technology transfer office in Bergen. BTO works to develop innovation and commercialisation of research in the Bergen region. This is the regional centre of expertise for innovation and commercialisation of research results.
Fabulous nature and fjords
Bergen has a reputation of being one of the most beautiful and charismatic cities in Norway. The inhabitants love their city and is proud of the city and the beautiful surroundings. Surrounded by seven mountains, Bergen is the ideal place to go hiking, climbing, strolls and for other outdoor activities.
The municipalities surrounding the city offers beautiful fjords, fantastic landscape, good living areas close to commercial areas in the whole county. Try us!
Norway, a good country to live in
Norway is a politically stable, modern and highly developed country with a very strong economy. The Norwegian economy is open and mixed, with a combination of private and public ownership.
Norway has always been open to foreign investments. There are about 6000 foreign-owned limited companies in Norway with many additional branch offices. Foreign companies represent about 25% of all value-creation in Norway and about 20% of the employment. Norway had a strong growth of foreign investments during the last decade, compared to many other countries.
Norway is part of EU’s Inner Market through the EEA agreement hence Norwegian companies have equal opportunities as those with EU membership.