54 Facts About Sandefjord


Sandefjord is a city and the most populous municipality in Vestfold og Telemark county, Norway.

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Sandefjord has numerous nicknames, including the Viking, Whaling "capital" of Norway or as the undisputed summer city of Norway.

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Sandefjord has become a transportation hub, home of Torp International Airport, one of Norway's largest airports.

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Sandefjord is a stronghold for the Conservative Party; the Conservative coalition received over 70 percent of votes cast in 2011.

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Name Sandefjord was first mentioned in chapter 169 of Sverris saga from the year 1200.

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The whale symbolizes that in the late 19th and early 20th century, Sandefjord was a main home port for whalers operating in the southern oceans.

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On 1 January 2017, Sandefjord received a new coat of arm after the merge with Andebu- and Stokke municipalities.

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Vikings lived in Sandefjord and surrounding areas about 1,000 years ago, and numerous Viking artifacts and monuments can be found in Sandefjord.

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Sandefjord functioned as a seaport defined by the twin industries of shipping and shipbuilding throughout the 1600s and 1700s.

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Sandefjord has experienced numerous town fires, including a town fire in 1800 which led to most of the town burning down and subsequently having to be rebuilt.

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For over fifty years in the late 1800s, Sandefjord functioned as the world center for the whaling industry, including the manufacture and equipment of whaling vessels, floating factories, and whale-catchers.

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From 1850, a number of ships from Sandefjord were whaling and sealing in the Arctic Ocean and along the coast of Finnmark.

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Towards the end of the 1920s, Sandefjord had a fleet of 15 factory ships and more than 90 whalers.

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Sandefjord has shipping traditions of tall sailing ships and steam ships.

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Hans Albert Grøn of Sandefjord established the first whaling station in the Faroe Islands in 1894, which was located at Gjanoyri on the island of Streymoy.

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Furthermore, Sandefjord was the headquarters of the South African Whaling Company, which was established in 1908 and managed by shipowner Johan Bryde of Sandefjord.

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Expeditions from Sandefjord went as far as Norwegian Bay in Australia, Stewart Island in New Zealand, Walvis Bay in Namibia, Corral, Chile, and isolated places such as Kerguelen Islands, South Georgia Island, Bouvet Island, and the Southern Ocean.

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Sandefjord achieved an agreement with Ecuadorian government officials which allowed Norwegians to inhabit the Galapagos Islands, and receive 200 hectares of land, pay no taxes for ten years, and be allowed to keep their Norwegian citizenship.

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On 16 November 1904, Carl Anton Larsen of Sandefjord established the whaling community of Grytviken, the largest settlement in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

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German forces constructed two coastal forts in Sandefjord, located at the southern tips of both West- and East Islands.

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The largest German construction in Sandefjord took place at Folehavna, where a fortress was erected in the spring of 1941.

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Sandefjord is commemorated at the Hall of Remembrance in Stavern.

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Sandefjord was incarcerated at the tanker Inger Johanne, which was attacked by allied warplanes in 1944, killing 15 people, including Henry Melby.

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Sandefjord is a coastal city on the western shore of the Oslo Fjord.

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Sandefjord is home to several peninsulas, including West Island, East Island, Engø, Marøy, and Arø.

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Sandefjord has a relatively humid continental climate with warm summers, no dry season, and relatively much precipitation year long.

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Whaler's Monument, a Sandefjord trademark, is located at the end of the city's main street, Jernbanealleen, in the harbour area.

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Sandefjord has a city centre, consisting of a mixture of old and modern buildings and a selection of shops.

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Sandefjord is one of few Art Nouveau towns in Norway; it is the town with the second-most Art Nouveau buildings in Norway.

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Municipal council of Sandefjord is made up of 57 representatives that are elected to four-year terms.

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Each representative from Sandefjord proper is represented by 1,160 inhabitants, representatives from Stokke by 1,045, and Andebu by 837 residents per municipal council member.

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Sandefjord has a high population density of 339 people per square kilometre.

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Important industries in Sandefjord are information technology, chemical production, tourism, navigation, ship building and fishing.

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Sandefjord had Norway's most expensive seaside vacation homes as of 2011, with an average price of 7.

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Sandefjord is dubbed a resort town due to its many summer visitors.

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Sandefjord is nicknamed the "Bathing City" due to its many beaches, islands and minor archipelagos.

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Sandefjord became a bathing destination when sulphur was discovered in waters and gyttja in 1837.

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Sandefjord is home to over two thousand vacation homes, most of which are built along the seaside.

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Sandefjord had Norway's most expensive vacation homes as of 2012; the mean vacation home price was 7.

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Sandefjord is home to four hotels: Scandic Park Hotel, Hotel Kong Carl, Torp Hotel, and Clarion Collection Hotel Atlantic.

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Sandefjord has four churches remaining from the Middle Ages: Høyjord Stave Church, Kodal Church, Skjee Church, and Andebu Church.

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Sandar Church by Sandefjord Station was constructed atop of the ruins of a Medieval church dated to the 13th century.

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Sandefjord is the city in Norway with the most sculptures per inhabitant.

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Sandefjord is home to Europe's only museum dedicated to whaling, which is located in the city center.

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Sandefjord Airport is a budget airline hub for airlines such as Widerøe, Ryanair, and Wizz Air.

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Sandefjord is home to a domestic ferry route: MF Jutøya transports people and goods to Veierland Island from Engø peninsula several times per day.

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Sandefjord Station is the central train station and is served by regional trains operated by Vy.

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Trains and buses for Sandefjord leave Oslo Central Station every 30 minutes, and the journey takes two hours.

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Sandefjord is noted for its strong performance in professional handball.

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From 1991 to 2008 Sandefjord TIF won nine Men's Premier League and another local team, Runar Handball, won four.

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In professional ice skating, Sandefjord has been the location of Norwegian Allround Championships in 1928,1958, and 1961.

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Sandefjord has some of Eastern Norway's largest preserved coastal recreation areas.

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Sandefjord is home to numerous campgrounds, all which are located along the seaside.

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Early 1980s saw the establishment of several nature preserves in Sandefjord, including at Fokserød, Strandvika, Hemskilen, and Vøra.

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