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The Grenland archipelago in Norway - Photo: visitgrenland.no
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The Grenland archipelago in Norway Photo: visitgrenland.no

Key facts about Grenland

Grenland is the southeastern district of Telemark, made up of the municipalities of Skien, Porsgrunn, Siljan and Bamble.

The Grenland area has approximately 117,000 inhabitants and its main urban centre is Skien, which is where the county governor and county administration have their seat.

Grenland takes its name from the ancient people who lived here, the Grener, and the area was formerly known as "the land of the Grener". A well-known historical figure from Grenland, as his nickname reveals, was the petty king Harald Grenske, who was also the father of Harald Hårfagre (Harald Fairhair).

Grenland is known for its industry, and fertilisers have been produced at Herøya in Porsgrunn since 1929.

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Last updated:  2013-07-30
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The Grenland archipelago in Norway - Photo: visitgrenland.no

Key facts about Grenland

Grenland is the southeastern district of Telemark, made up of the municipalities of Skien, Porsgrunn, Siljan and Bamble.

Key facts about Grenland

Source: Visitnorway

About Grenland

Grenland

Grenland offers a blend of urban life and culture and beautiful natural scenery in the county of Telemark, southern Norway.

Tourist information for Grenland

The tourist information office in Skien will help you plan your trip and book accommodation and activities in the Grenland area.

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