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Sandefjord was established as a municipality 1 January 1838 (see
formannskapsdistrikt). The rural municipality of Sandarwas merged with Sandefjord 1 January 1968.
peninsulas called Østerøya("Eastern Island") and Vesterøya("Western Island") contribute to a total coastline of 146 km, and form the Sandefjordsfjordand Mefjord. The coastline offers a wide variety of sandy beaches, skerries and islets (116 in total), bays and sloping rocks.
Of Sandefjord's total area, 37.7 km² is agricultural and 36.2 km² is
forest. Neighbouring towns are Tønsbergand Larvik. A small part of Sandefjord (the farm Himberg) is lying as a exclaveinside the borders of the municipality of Larvik.
The name originally belonged to the fjord (now the
Sandefjordsfjord). The first element is the genitive case of the name of the parish and former municipality Sandar. The coat-of-armsis from 1914. It shows a whale( whale huntingused to be important for the economy of the town) and a viking ship(to represent the Gokstad shipfound in the municipality).
Gokstad viking ship
One of the most important remains from the
Viking agewas found at the grave site "Gokstadhaugen" in Sandefjord. The Gokstad shipwas found in 1880, and is now in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. A replica of Gokstad ship, called "Gaia" currently has Sandefjord as home port.
Sandefjord was formerly a famous health resort, with various kinds of baths for health improvement. Amongst these were salt water sea baths, mud and
sulfurbaths. Visitors included royalty, a prime minister and some of Norway’s foremost cultural personalities. Around 50,000 people, mostly Norwegians, visited the bath from 1837 to 1939. Today the bath's building has been restored and now hosts cultural events and various activities.histpop
Sandarwere merged in 1970. Source: [http://www.ssb.no/ SSB]
Whaling and ships
From 1850, a number of ships from Sandefjord were
whalingand sealing in the Arctic Oceanand along the coast of Finnmark. The first whaling expedition from Sandefjord to the Antarctic Ocean was sent in 1905. Towards the end of the 1920s, Sandefjord had a fleet of 15 factory ships and more than 90 whalers. In 1954, more than 2,800 men from the district were hired as crew on the whalers, but from the mid 1950s whaling was gradually reduced. The number of southbound expeditions rapidly decreased during the 1960s, and the 1967/68 season became the last for Sandefjord. The shippingindustry was gradually readjusted from whaling to other ship types during this period. The local Framnæs shipyardand Jotun had major roles in this business.
Today, the memories from this important period of the city's history are kept alive through the whaling museum ("Hvalfangstmuseet"). This museum is the only museum in Europe specializing in
whales and the history of whaling. The history of the whalers can also be explored at the Museum's Wharf with a visit aboard the whale-catcher" Southern Actor".
Sandefjord also has shipping traditions from tall sailing ships and steam ships. The full rigged sailing ship "Christian Radich", three-masted
barquentine"Endurance", whale catcher "Jason" and Viking ship"Viking" were a few of the many ships built in the local Framnæs shipyard.
Sandefjord has a good selection of restaurants and cafés. What is possibly Norway’s best gourmet restaurant is located here in a modern building near the harbour. Also located at the harbour, is the
fishmongerwell known for the excellent quality of its goods and delicacies. Sandefjord has a charming city centre, consisting of a mixture of old and modern buildings and a wide selection of shops.
The whaling monument is located at the end of the city’s main street, Jernbanealléen, in the harbour area. Nearby is a restaurant called "Kokeriet", one of the relatively few places where whale meat is regularly served.
Sandefjord is home to the paint producer Jotun, the brewery Grans Bryggeri, the chocolate factory
Hval Sjokoladefabrikk, the engineering company Ramboll Oil & Gas, as well as three of Norway's largest online shops, Komplett.no, mpx.noand netshop.no.
Sandefjord Airport, Torpis located in the municipality. The ferries Bohus and Viking connect the town to Strömstadin Sweden. Sandefjord railway station is part of Vestfoldbanen. European route E18traverses the municipality.
Culture and sports
The local football club,
Sandefjord Fotball, plays in 1. division/Adeccoligaen. Sandefjord handball won the men's elite series in 2005-06. Marius Bakkenis successful as a middle distance runner.
Local sport clubs
Christen Christensen, ship(yard) owner (1845-1923)
Lars Christensen, whaling magnate (1884-?)
Ole Aanderud Larsen, ship designer (1884-1964)
Anders Jahre, shipping magnate (1891-1982)
Odd Gleditsch sr., founder of Jotun (1895-1990)
Berit Eggers(1930 - present)
Dag Solstad, author (1941-)
Arne Benoni, singer (1951-)
Karin Fossum, author (1954-)
Bent Hamer, film director (1956-)
Ole Christian Bach, investor (1957-2005)
Anita Hegerland, singer (1961-)
Ronnie Johnsen, football player (1969-)
Espen Sandberg, film director (1971-)
Henrik Hagtvedt, artist (1971-)
Joachim Roenning, film director (1972-)
Frank Løke, handball player (1980)
Olav Ludahl, petimeter (1977-)
List of schools in Sandefjord
Sandefjords Blad(local newspaper)
* Larvik and Sandefjord metropolitan region
Sang til Sandefjord
* [http://www.visitsandefjord.com/en/ Visit Sandefjord]
* [http://www.cruisesandefjord.com/ Cruise Sandefjord]
* [http://www.hvalfangstmuseet.no/Default.asp?Cat=24 Whaling Museum]
* [http://www.gaia.no/ Gaia, the viking ship copy]
* [http://www.kokeriet.no/ Kokeriet - restaurant serving e.g. whale meat]
* [http://www.sandefjord.folkebibl.no/ Sandefjord Public Library]
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