40 Facts About Stavanger


Stavanger's core is to a large degree 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses that are protected and considered part of the city's cultural heritage.

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Stavanger has, since the early 2000s, consistently had an unemployment rate significantly lower than the Norwegian and European average.

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The city is among those that frequent various lists of most expensive cities in the world, and Stavanger has even been ranked as the world's most expensive city by certain indices.

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Stavanger is served by international airport Stavanger Airport, Sola, which offers flights to cities in most major European countries, as well as a limited number of intercontinental charter flights.

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Stavanger was awarded the 2008 European Capital of Culture alongside Liverpool.

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Stavanger fulfilled an urban role prior to its status as city, from around the time the Stavanger bishopric was established in the 1120s.

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Stavanger was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 .

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Stavanger had a natural harbor and was, with Jæren in the south, strategically important to the county of the East as well as to the shipping route along the western coast and the fertile Ryfylke Islands in the north.

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All municipalities in Norway, including Stavanger, are responsible for primary education, outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads.

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Municipal council of Stavanger is made up of 67 representatives who are elected to four year terms.

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Municipality of Stavanger is located in a coastal landscape, bordering the sea to the west and Boknafjorden in the northeast.

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The city of Stavanger is closely linked to the sea and water, with five lakes and three fjords ; sea and water form the landscape, providing a shoreline rich with vegetation and wildlife.

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Bjergstedparken, a park north of Old Stavanger, is the location of Bjergsted Music Center, including Stavanger Concert Hall, and its outdoor areas are often used for festivals and outdoor concerts.

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Store Stokkavatnet supplied Stavanger's drinking water from 1931 to 1959, and was later demoted to the reserve drinking water.

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Stavanger is officially partitioned into 22 parts and 218 subparts.

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Today Stavanger is among the country's most important maritime cities, coming in fourth for registered fleets after the cities of Oslo, Bergen and Alesund.

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The first printed newspaper in Stavanger, "Stavanger Addresseavis", published its first issue on Friday, 4 October 1833.

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Stavanger has one principal television station, TV Vest, that sends local news and reports.

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Stavanger region is often referred to as Norway's answer to the French food region of Lyon.

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Stavanger has connections to domestic and European destinations, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Warsaw.

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Stavanger Station opened in 1878 and is the terminus of both the Sørlandet Line and the Jæren Line.

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Fylkesvei 44 starts from Stavanger and ends in Kristiansand, via Sandnes and Flekkefjord.

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Local bus service in Stavanger is administered by Rogaland Kollektivtrafikk under the brand name "Kolumbus".

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University of Stavanger is the fifth university established in Norway, on 29 October 2004, when Høgskolen i Stavanger gained university status by decision of the Council.

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The University of Stavanger became a member of European Consortium of Innovative Universities in October 2012.

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Stavanger Museum, founded in 1877 and thus one of the oldest museums, includes several historic buildings and collections.

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Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger is the largest museum in Stavanger, measured by number of employees.

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Vestlandske School Museum, in Stavanger, is currently in the old 1920 Kvaleberg school building.

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Stavanger has since 1997 had a grant for the support of local filmmaking.

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Stavanger was the host port of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Race in 1997 and 2004.

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Largest local football club in Stavanger is Viking FK, one of the most successful football clubs in Norwegian history, having won a total of eight league titles and five Norwegian Football Cup titles.

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Stavanger Oilers is the only western team in the top Norwegian ice hockey league, Fjordkraftligaen.

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Stavanger was the host of the 2009 beach volleyball SWATCH FIVB World Championships.

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Stavanger participates in the annual NuArt Festival, organized for national and international artists who operate outside of the traditional art establishment.

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In recent years, Stavanger has become one of the most popular ports of call for cruise ships, with the number of cruise ships increasing steadily, making Stavanger one of Europe's fastest growing ports of call for cruise ships north of the Mediterranean.

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Especially in the summertime, Stavanger's harbour is full of large cruiseships: in 2011 Stavanger hosted 130 cruiseships.

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The Port of Stavanger is a popular stop on the route to the Norwegian Fjords.

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Along the coast south of Stavanger there are a number of large, sandy beaches, including at Sola, within close reach from the city.

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Old Stavanger is located right next to the city center and has a collection of 18th- and 19th-century wooden structures.

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Stavanger domkirke was built between 1100 and 1150 by the English bishop Reinald in Anglo-Norman style, and in the late 13th century a new choir was added in Gothic style, with a vaulted roof.

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