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Haugesund

Haugesund is a town located in Rogaland County in Norway. It is the center of the population for the northern Rogaland area. Haugesund is rather small as it only takes up about 73 square kilometers. The population of the town is 34,619. 

The town of Haugesund is located on an important sound that ships could pass through without having to go across heavy seas. During the early years the waters located off of the town were a large source of herring. The town grew because of this. Despite the area barely being a village, King Harald Fairhair lived in a town called Avaldsnes, which was quite close to where Haugesund now sits. For the past few decades the town has been converting to the petroleum industry. The days of the herring are long past. 

Haugesund is the cultural center for the region. There are several festivals that are held here every year. The largest festival is the International Film festival. Another popular festival is Sildajazz. This international festival brings in around 70 bands and offers nearly 200 concerts. In the year 2009, the population of the urban agglomeration known as Haugesund was about 100,000. 

The city was founded in the year 1855  and celebrated its 150 year anniversary in the year 2004. During the early years the town was a land of power during the Viking ages. The town hall of the city was built in the year 1931. It is pink in color and was designed by Herman Munthe Kaas and Gudolf Blakstad. This is one of the finest buildings in the entire country. 

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