Kristiansand is considered the capital of Southern Norway and the heart of the region. It is the fifth largest city in Norway, with 92,000 inhabitants. While it can offer the variety of any big city, Kristiansand has also successfully preserved many of the special qualities of smaller towns. The city has been a driving force in promoting positive city and town development, and was awarded Statens pris for attraktiv by (the Government’s Attractive City Award) in 2018.
Its proximity to the neighbouring municipalities of Søgne, Songdalen, Iveland, Vennesla, Birkenes and Lillesand has contributed to Kristiansand’s combined residential and job market with a total population of 141,000.
The city is home to global leaders in the oil and gas service industry, which has helped put Kristiansand on the world map and make Vest-Agder Norway’s largest export county per capita. Through innovation, this industry has successfully maintained its position in the global market.
Kristiansand is brimming with opportunities not only when it comes to professional life but also in terms of leisure activities. It is an attractive place to live, with a vibrant cultural scene, a pleasant climate, some of the country’s best recreational activities in close proximity, and the European continent easily reachable by just a short ferry ride.
Southern Norway is quite a tourist magnet, and due to Kristiansand’s idyllic location among the skerries, it has become Norway’s most popular tourist city.