Sandefjord is a city rich on traditions within shipping and culture. The vikings have left traces here, international VIPs used to visit the city's bath and the whalers have had their grand era. Sandefjord became a market town in 1845, and was before that a lade city with much activity within shipbuilding and shipping. In 1845 the population of Sandefjord was 749. The years from 1845 to 1875 were prosperous for Sandefjord, as for the whole country. A lot of timber and other goods were shipped from here, and the number of shipowners increased. The night of 16 March 1900 the city's central area burned down and the rebuilding was done with regulation of the streets and new street names. In 1968 the municipalities of Sandefjord and Sandar were joined together to become one municipality. Today Sandefjord is a city of culture which combines a proud history and a modern community. Its history is reflected through images from the Viking era and the whaling period. Modern life is reflected in today's variety of restaurants, cafes, good shopping facilities and a rich cultural life.
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Sandefjord is located centrally in Eastern Norway, about 120 kilometres from the capital city of Oslo.
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