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The rural municipality of Årstad was merged with Bergen on 1 July 1915.

The rural municipalities of Arna, Fana, Laksevåg, and Åsane were merged with Bergen on 1 January 1972.

The city lost its status as a separate county on the same date.

Bergen is now a municipality in Norway, in the county of Hordaland.

Many of the extra-municipal suburbs are on islands.

Until 1789, Bergen enjoyed exclusive rights to mediate trade between Northern Norway and abroad and it was the largest city in Norway until the 1830s when it was surpassed by the capital, Christiania (now known as Oslo).

In 1665, the city's harbour was the site of the Battle of Vågen, where an English naval flotilla attacked a Dutch merchant and treasure fleet supported by the city's garrison.

Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, Bergen remained one of the largest cities in Scandinavia, and was Norway's biggest city until the 1830s, when the capital city of Oslo became the largest.

The Norwegian resistance movement groups in Bergen were Saborg, Milorg, " burned, and 11 churches were destroyed.

In 1413 another fire struck the city, and 14 churches were destroyed.

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