Kristiansund is a municipality and city on the Norwegian western coast in the district of Nordmore, and it is located in More og Romsdal County. It was officially granted township status in 1742, and it is still a big town in the area. In fact, it is one of the major towns in the entire region. The administrative hub of the municipality is the town of Kristiansund. Some of the other places of settlement in the municipality include the cities of Nedre Frei, Rensvik, and Kvalvag.
Kristiansund is a city that can claim to be the biggest settlement in the entire municipality. The roughly 2,000-acre city has a population of about 17,500, and so it has a population density of about 2,232 inhabitants per square mile.
Gardens and Parks
Even though they are pretty small in size, Kristiansund has several gardens and parks, often used by the residents of the city, as well as tourists. There are two bigger parks close to the city center. The first park is located close to Langveien, and it was built after the Second World War. The second park is in Vanndamman. This place was once part of the water supply for the city, because of the large number of small lakes there. Vanndamman actually translates to “the water ponds”. Both parks are partially linked to one a nother, but the Langveien park acts more as an urban recreation area because of its short distance from the center of the city, and the Vanndamman park is better for jogging, picnics, and short outings.
Industry and Commerce
Kristiansund is famed as the big bacalao city of Norway. Bacalao is created out of dried, salted codfish, and it has usually been exported in big amounts to Latin America, Portgual, and Spain, because it is a food that can be eaten during Lent. Kristiansund has emerged as a major gas and oil city on the mid-northwestern coast. Some oil companies like Statoil, Shell, and Royal Dutch have set up offices in Kristiansund, and they work with their offshore installations at Haltenbanken from there.
Because of the city’s big involvement in fish processing and global shipping, there was once seven consulates in the municipality, mostly of Latin American countries. There are just five consulates left: Portgual, the Netherlands, Latvia, Finland, and Britain.
Kristiansund Photo Gallery
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