In the land known for the midnight sun, beautiful snow-clad mountains, and the green sky lights, there is a place where the "black gold" shines. The oil capital of Norway, the southwest coastal city of Stavanger has grown into one of the major international oil and gas hubs. As the importance of North Sea oil and gas production has increased for Europe, Stavanger has welcomed the world to its doorstep. The personality of Stavanger is not only oil and gas; in 2008, it was chosen as one of two European cultural capitals. A lively city, Stavanger embraces the diversity of the world's professionals who call Norway home.