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About Trondheim

Located in the centre of Norway, Trondheim, with it`s 180 000 inhabitants and several thousand students, is the modern technological capital of Norway. 
It is a peaceful city, surrounded by a fjord, beautiful hills and woods.
Nidelven, one of the best salmon rivers in Norway, flows right through the city.

A thousand years have passed since the Viking King, Olav Tryggvason founded the city in 997 AD., building a trading post and a fortress at the mouth of the river Nidelven. 33 years later another king, Olav Haraldsson, fell in the battle of Stiklestad and was buried in Trondheim. The site of Saint Olav’s grave soon became a centre of religious power, and in the Middle Ages Trondheim was both the spiritual and temporal capital of Norway.

Since then, the kings of Norway have been crowned in Nidaros Cathedral. King Harald and Queen Sonja received their blessing here in June 1991.

Today Trondheim is a commercial and cultural centre offering a wide range of shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs.  The Concert Hall (Olavshallen), home of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, attracts international artists. Trøndelag Teater is Norway’s oldest institutional theatre. Film enthusiasts can choose among many cinemas and film clubs, and music lovers are recommended to visit the unique Music History Museum at Ringve.

Architecturally Trondheim is a very interesting city with Nidaros Cathedral (the largest medieval building in Northern Europe), the Archbishop‘s Palace, traditional timber buildings from the last 200-300 years, and many modern glazed buildings, like the Royal Garden Hotel, Clarion Hotel & Congress and the University Campus at Dragvoll.

Trondheim is also a city of learning. The 25,000 students from all over Norway, and wider afield, enrich the character of the city.  They are very popular with the locals; and add life and colour to the ancient Viking capital.

Foreign students will find that Trondheim has a unique combination of city life and wilderness. There are museums, theatres and community events, as well as regions on the outskirts of the city for hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities. See Student in Trondheim for more details.

Due to the Gulf Stream, the climate is temperate. Furthermore, it is fresh, pleasant and inductive to work. Because of Trondheim’s high latitude, during the winter there are a number of cold spells with temperatures of around -10°C  nevertheless the average winter temperature is about 0°C.
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