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Nøtterøy - Information about the island

Nøtterøy - Information about the island Photo: Renate Blindheim Nøtterøy - Information about the island Photo: Renate Blindheim
Nøtterøy - Information about the island Photo: Renate Blindheim
Nøtterøy - Information about the island Photo: Renate Blindheim

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Nøtterøy is an island municipality south of Tønsberg with 60 km² at the disposal of its 19.600 inhabitants. There are several new and attractive housing areas which blend in nicely with the older buildings on the island. Nøtterøy is a typical residential area.

The municipality consists of several large islands, amongst which Føynland and Veierland, together with innumerable smaller islands, are favorite picnic spots. Nature can offer steep cliffs, fields of flowers and woodlands. It is an eldorado for boat people, cyclists, ramblers and for summer activities.

The shopping centres on Nøtterøy are concentrated around Borgheim and Teie market. The council's administration is at Borgheim, as well as Nøtterøy Theatre and Concert Hall, police, Borgheim Parish Centre and Nøtterøy College.

Traditional industries like agriculture and shipping, as well as whaling and fishing, have been predominant on Nøtterøy. As one travels between the narrow straits along the east coast of Nøtterøy, one immediately thinks of navigators and sailing ships. One must also mention the connections the shipping company Wilh. Wilhelmsen has with Nøtterøy. Captain Even Tollefsen from Nøtterøy has been given the honour of having constructed the first usable system for the bulk transport of oil.
Three of Norway's previous Prime Ministers have connections to Nøtterøy: Abraham Berge, Trygve Bratteli and Jan P. Syse.
Nøtterøy has famous sportsmen to its credit as ice-skater Fred Anton Maier and kayak paddler Jan Johansen, both of whom have won Olympic Gold Medals. Linda Andersen won the Gold Medal in Sailing during the Summer Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. The latest approach on the list of sportstars is the skier Espen Bjervig.

Veierland
has been part of Nøtterøy since 1964. The island lies protected between Nøtterøy, Tjøme and the mainland in Stokke. Veierland has a 17 km coastline and offers tracks and gravel paths free from car traffic. The island is excellent for rambling and cycle trips in beautiful surroundings. Grave finds from the late Iron Age are proof of an early settlement.

Veierland today has 160 permanent residents (50 households) and about 400 cottages.
The first school was built with money collected in 1861. In 1870 the school had 66 pupils. In 1918 one moved into a new school building which still serves as a school and which is well worth a visit. Since 1900 the number of pupils has gone down to today's level of between 10 and 20 .
Apart from the school, the island has it's own church, grocery shop, Post Office, Community Centre, small museum, café and accommodation. The island has daily ferry connections from Tenvik on Nøtterøy, where there are parking facilities. During the summer months there is also a ferry connection between Veierland and Engø/Sandefjord, which has become very popular with cyclists.
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Nøtterøy - Information about the island - Photo: Renate Blindheim

Nøtterøy - Information about the island

Nøtterøy is an island municipality south of Tønsberg with 60 km² at the disposal of its 19.600 inhabitants. There are several new and attractive...

Nøtterøy - Information about the island

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