Stavanger is an old shipping, fishing and industrial city. Stavanger has about 110.00 inhabitants and is the capital of the district Rogaland. At the beginning of the 20th century, Stavanger was home to the largest canning industry in the world. Today, the city is the center of oil and gas production in the North Sea. The city was founded in 1125 by King Sigurd Jursalfar as a bishop’s seat. Until the 19th century, however, Stavanger was rather meaningless.
It was not until the beginning of the 19th century when fishing grew with larger fishing boats and better fishing techniques that the city also grew. The fishing industry ensured that there were more and more jobs in shipbuilding, in the production of fishing accessories and, above all, in the canning industry. Until the beginning of the 50s, Stavanger remained an industrial city, but gradually it turned into an administrative center. Stavanger has a lot to offer culturally, for example a big jazz festival takes place every year in May. in 2008, Stavanger, together with the city of Liverpool, was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture.
The province of Rogaland is the southernmost part of fjord Norway. The largest city in it is Stavanger with the highest percentage of built-up urban area of Norway. The city is located partly on the mainland and partly spread over 16 built-up islands off the coast.
Stavanger has a long history of plague, war and other crises to complain about. At the end of the 17th century, after a major city fire, it was even decided to lay down the city altogether. After all, the city experienced an upswing in the 18th century due, among other things, to the profitable fishing, the rising industrial economy and not least due to shipping.
In the 60s there was a big oil discovery, which provided even more jobs and population growth.
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