Molde — the town of Roses and Jazz!
Molde was granted city status in 1742. The city continued to grow throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, becoming a centre for the Norwegian textile and garment industry.
The many lush and flowering rose gardens have given this lovely fjord town its label «The City of Roses». Home to 25,000 inhabitants, Molde is the administrative centre and commercial hub of Møre og Romsdal county. It offers a fabulous mountain panorama view and a relatively mild climate.
Molde hosts the oldest annual Jazz festival in Europe. Every year, thousands of jazz enthusiasts turn every corner of the city into a week-long music celebration during the Molde International Jazz festival. Moldejazz is the second oldest jazz festival in Europe, as well as the most important one in Norway. It was founded in 1961.
The festival is organized every year in July on the 29th week of the year. Moldejazz with the prestigious status of hosting «The hub festival», is a foundation, with a permanent administration that works year-round.
During the 6 hectic days of the festival, approximately 120 concerts are hosted were 500 artists play, and nearly 60,000 people visit Molde during the festival week.
Molde was from the start a main cruise port in the western fjords of Norway, kaiser Wilhelm II visited Molde every year and the kaiser called the pleasant small town «Nice of the North».