Tromsø is the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle and is home to the worlds’ northernmost university, brewery and cathedral. The city lives on education, research, administration, fishing exports and satellite technology. The centre of the north has 74492 residents and the Municipality of Tromsø covers an area of 2558 km². Around 50,000 live in the center of Tromsø, while the remainder is scattered throughout the whole municipality.
Tromsø was founded in 1794, although the first church was built there back in 1252. In the 1850s, Tromsø became the center for Polar sea catches in the Arctic region, while in the early 1900s the city was the starting point for a host of expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, something that gave the city the nickname Gateway to the Arctic.
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