Kristiansand, Norway


The Town Of Kristiansand, Norway

The city of Kristiansand in Norway has a population of 80,000, the sixth largest in Norway and two and a half times as big as Letchworth Garden City. It is the county capital of Vest-Agder county in Southern Norway. The city was named after its founder King Christian IV in 1641. The last element "sand" refers to the sandy  headland the city was built on. It was created as a market town to encourage growth in a strategically significant area, providing a local economic base for  construction of fortifications and population for defence of the area. The centre of Kristiansand, in layout essentially unchanged since the 17th century, is called "Kvadraturen" due to its square gridline of streets.

Travelling To Kristiansand

The link with Kristiansand is unfortunately dormant. The Association does not organise visits there. Ferries no longer travel between the UK and Scandinavia. It is possible to fly from Heathrow to Oslo then take the train. In recent years there have been flights from others of london's airports to Kristiansand but these services have not lasted long.

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The link with both towns has existed for more than 20 years and some families have corresponded for all of that time, but many bonds are much more recent and we welcome new people all the time from the Letchworth area to start to visit one or both of these towns.

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