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The History of Kragerø

1666 Kragerø was a trade town with royal privileges in Sandøkedahls Parish, where the town consisted of two suburbs, Tallakshavn og Smedsbukta.

1600-1700 Gunnarsholmen Costal Fortress is supposedly founded in the early days of

1600 Three of the canons at the northern bastion are from the 17th Century, the others were made during the first half of the 18th Century.

1783 Kragerø became an independent parish.

1790-1807 "The Golden Years" - This has been Kragerø's most progressive era.

1811 The merchant from Kragerø, Peter Andreas Heuch donated 15.000 Riksdaler (wich is the old Norwegian currency) in order to establish the University of Oslo. This was approximately the same amount that all of the citizens in Bergen gave.
1850-1880 Period of expansion

1857 Theodor S. Kittelsen was born in Kragerø. You will find the home of his childhood in the city centre, and today it is turned in to a museum.

1862 Skåtøy Church was erectedted. This church is the third largest wooden church in Norway

1867 Kragerø City Hall was built after the drawings of parliament-architect Emil Victor Langlet. The swissstyle villa was initially intended to house the Biørn family.

1875 At this point in time Kragerø was the sixth largest maritime town. The city fleet mounted to contain 170 ships with a crew consisting of 1614 sailors.

1882 The three county counsils, Skaatø, Sandøkedals Sogn og Kragerø Bye was created.

1885 Being the pioneering town in this sport, the football was introduced to Kragerø by Georg Dahl.

1886 The last considerable fire in Kragerø took place on the 15th of June, 1886. Three neighbourhoods counting 192 houses was burned down, and 1500 people made homeless.

1909 Edvard Much settled in Kragerø. The years spent in Kragerø is considered to be the most productive in his career.

1916 Kragerø was presented with the granite fountain in the Biørnsborgpark. The occasion was the 250th Jubilee and the benefactors were emigrants of Kragerø. The fountain was created by the well-known artist Gustav Vigeland.

1979 Kragerø and Skåtøy history-society has published a local-historic yearbook. A range of these books are still to be bought from the history-society.

1998 The sculpture of Edvard Munch, made by Per Elsdorff, was erected at Skrubben.

2002 The opening of the Nordraakpark. This park is created in the memory of Rikard Nordraak and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson who composed the national anthem of Norway.

There are places and attractions of historic importance in almost every corner of Kragerø!
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The History of Kragerø 1666 Kragerø was a trade town with royal privileges in Sandøkedahls Parish, where the town consisted of two suburbs, Tallaksha...

Historical events

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The cozy town of Kragerø is surrounded by islands and skerries, making it a favorite for experiencing coastal life and culture of Southern Norway.

What to do in Kragerø

Opportunities for an active holiday abound in Kragerø. Activities include cycling, canoeing, golf and sea rafting, among others.

Dining in Kragerø

The centre of town is a lively storehouse of charming cafés, pubs and restaurants catering for almost every taste.

Getting to Kragerø and around

Getting to Kragerø is easy either by your own car or by coach. The new main road from highway E18 has improved communications into the town.

Key facts about Kragerø

Kragerø lies furthest south in the county of Telemark. The town is home to some 11,000 residents.

Shopping in Kragerø

Shopping in Kragerø is a real pleasure. Specialist shops lie side by side along most of the town's narrow streets and lanes.
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