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Stavanger 2008

Open Port

In 2008 the Stavanger region of Norway - including Sandnes and the rest of Rogaland - was the (non-EU) European Capital of Culture together with Liverpool England during that same year.


The expression "Open Port" was used as slogan to symbolise two meanings as explained by 

Hilmar Rommetvedt:

"This can be understood both in its English sense – “an open harbour”, - and in its Norwegian meaning of “an open gate”.
Open Port – Openness towards the world. The region and its people shall be even more open and inclusive towards each other, art, ideas and opportunities.
More important still are the associations ensuring from the concept, such as tolerance, freedom of speech, hospitality, history, development, innovation and quality."



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