Stavern is a small town in Norway that is located in the municipality of Larvik. The naval base and port of Stavern were named Fredriksvern until the year 1930. Stavern became a municipality on the first of January in 1838. While the area was an important port, it was not given town status until the year 1942.
From the year 1677 until 2002, the town was the home of an important naval base for Norway. The area has likely been a harbor since ancient times. The name Stavern has been found in several written sources that date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. In these documents the area is referred to as being a good harbor for fishing. Aside from being an important harbor for the military, Stavern was also an important port for civil ship traffic to Sweden and Denmark during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The name of the area could stem from the farm that was previously located there called Staurheim. Another explanation of the name is that the merchants who travelled there from the Frisian town called Stavoren. It could also originate from the Old Norse name for the steep mountains and cliffs, Staferni. This accurately describes the landscape of the town.
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