Kristiansand - Norway


Kristiansand is the business and cultural capital of southern Norway with 85,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in 1641, and it is Europe’s best example of a well-preserved renaissance city. Traditionally, Kristiansand has been an international city with extensive shipping activity and high export. Today, the city has highly diversified economic activities and has become world-leading in the production of drilling equipment for oil installations.

Kristiansand is located on Norway’s southern coast and has long been a favourite summer holidays spot amongst Norwegians. The sea and surrounding fjords are perfect for recreational activities like fishing and sailing, and the nearby inland and mountains are ideal for skiing and hiking. In the more urban areas, you will find a rich variety of cafés, restaurants, art galleries and museums.

The region is well connected to the European continent and the major hubs in Norway. Kristiansand is the gateway for more than two million travellers each year.

Kristiansand was the proud host city for The Tall Ships Races in 2010. That event was a tremendous success and was organized to the satisfaction of the visiting vessels, Sail Training International, all our sponsors and all visitors.

We look forward to welcoming The Tall Ships Races fleet once again to Kristiansand in 2015. We are sure that we once again can welcome the fleet, our sponsors and visitors to an even greater success in 2015.

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