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					         Stavanger as
European Capital of Culture 2008


               Hilmar Rommetvedt
     International Research Institute of Stavanger




            Stavanger Innovation Summit
        University of Stavanger, 15 June 2009
Stavanger: The Norwegian Oil Capital
                                                 Source: Norwegian
                                                 Petroleum Directorate

                    2001          Oil and gas production prognosis

                           2007




Production of oil




The challenge:
    From Norwegian Oil Capital to …?
… European
  Capital of
  Culture
Survey among leading politicians, civil servants and business
   managers in the Stavanger region, autumn 2007:
   – 684 leaders interviewed on telephone
   – 318 leaders filled in an additional electronic questionnaire



Surveys among the citizens of Stavanger and Rogaland County –
   Here we concentrate on the municipalities of Stavanger, Sandnes,
   Sola and Randaberg

  Autumn 2007:
  - 1901 people interviewed on telephone
  - 1098 filled in an additional postal questionnaire
  Winter 2009:
  - 1900 people interviewed on telephone
  - 999 filled in an additional postal questionnaire
Photo: Kjetil Alsvik / Stavanger2008
Surveys among                             9
the citizens
                    25




                                                        42


                   24



                Participated as performer/organiser/volunteer
                Participated as spectator 3 times or more
                Participated as spectator 1-2 times
                Not participated
                                                   The year as Capital of Culture


                            It did not live up to the advance publicity                 -21         -21        15          25


                 It created a good atmosphere in the city and region                                 -9 -4            38              40


                       It gave the family's children new experiences                              -9 -14 13            22


                     There were few arrangements of interest to me                    -24          -24           17         27

     It made me more open to forms of art and culture which did not
                                                                                  -20         -34            7        25
                      interested me beforehand

It gave me experiences that I would not have had without the year as
                                                                                                  -8 -14              35         29
                         capital of culture

                                                                          -75   -50         -25            0               25    50          75       100
                                                                                                             Percent
                                                                  Agree completely      Agree partly           Disagree completely         Disagree partly
                  Statements on the Stavanger region as European Capital of Culture

          100


          75
                    31
Percent




                                              36                         39
          50                     33

                                                           30                           34           34
          25        54                                                                                            29
                                 35           39                         38
                                                           19                           19           18
                                                                                                                  10
           0
                   2007         2009         2007         2009          2007          2009          2007         2009

                It made the region better It made the region better   It attracts more tourists     It contributes to the
                    known in Norway           known in Europe                to the region             attraction of job
                                                                                                  searchers and students

                                                   Agree completely    Agree partly
                Right or wrong to be European Capital of Culture?

          100



                73           74
          75
Percent




          50



          25
                                              17
                                      14                      13
                                                                      9

           0
                     Right              Wrong                 Don't know

                                     2007   2009
      Would you say that you are interested in culture?

100
 90
 80
 70
                                            59
 60                      53
 50
 40       49                                                    57
 30
 20                                         37
                         35
 10       19                                                    15
  0
        Citizens   Political leaders    Leading civil     Business leaders
                                          servants


                    Very interested    Quite interested     2007
100
 90
 80
 70                             39
 60
             38                                    46
 50                                                                     41
 40
 30
                                51
 20          35                                    32                   29
 10
  0
          Citizens       Political leaders    Leading civil     Business leaders
                                                servants

      How important would you say that increased funding for cultural life is for
             improving the region’s ability to attract new businesses?

                           Very important    Fairly important    2007
100
 90
 80
                                33
 70                                                44
 60          42                                                         48
 50
 40
 30                             58
 20                                                46
             37                                                         35
 10
  0
          Citizens       Political leaders    Leading civil     Business leaders
                                                servants

      How important would you say that increased funding for cultural life is for
       improving the region’s ability to attract new workers and/or students?

                           Very important    Fairly important    2007
100
 90
 80
 70
 60
                                53
 50          40                                    54
                                                                        44
 40
 30
 20
             32                 30
 10                                                24                   24
  0
          Citizens       Political leaders    Leading civil     Business leaders
                                                servants

      How important would you say that increased funding for cultural life is for
         the development of creativity and innovation in professional life?

                           Very important    Fairly important    2007
Photo: Jan Nilsen / Stavanger2008

				
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