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Risor

Risor is a city located in Aust-Agder County, in Norway. The area is popular among tourists. The area that surrounds the city offers many small hills and lakes. The city is known for the gorgeous coastline as well. 

The area started out as a small fishing village. Dutch ships started to purchase timber from the area around 1507. There were 2 inns that were opened by 1607 to serve the sailors. It became a privileged port in 1630. 

Risor is known for one of the church buildings that date back to the Middle Ages. There is also a timber church that was built in 1647 in the Baroque style. 

Risor became a privileged town in the year 1723. There were 96 sailing vessels that were owned by merchants in the city by the end of the 18th century. It was one of the centers for shipbuilding in the country. 

The city is famous for several tourist attractions. During the first week of August each year there is a wooden boat festival held in the city. Risor is becoming the regional capital for arts and crafts as well. This culminates during the summer with the Villvin festival. There is a chamber music festival held in June each year, as well as a bluegrass festival each July. This is the only bluegrass festival in all of Norway. 

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