Welcome to Krisitansand, the administrative, business and cultural capital of South Norway!
With its 75000 inhabitants, Kristiansand is the fifth largest city in Norway. The city is centrally located on the South coast of Norway, and is very easy to travel to: by air, by ferry, by train, by road.. (see our page ‘Getting there’).
With a strong link to the Agder University College, Kristiansand has one of Norway’s most competent IT and telecommunications clusters.
The university has 8000 students and 840 teaching and administrative staff. Thus it is one of the largest University Colleges in Norway. Study programmes include Business and Economics, Engineering and Technology, the Humanities, Mathematics, Nursing, Teacher Education, as well as Fine Arts. There is heavy emphasis on international student exchanges through European and national co-operation programmes and bilateral agreements.
Link to the university website: http://www.hia.no
Here is a view of the campus:
Due to its favourable climate and location by the sea and a number of family oriented activities, Kristiansand and the immediate surroundings is a favourite summer recreational area to most Norwegians. An increasing number of foreign visitors share this fascination for the region.
One of the biggest attraction here in Kristiansand is the zoo, Dyreparken. Dyreparken is actually five separate parks, including a water park (bring bathing suits and towels), a forested park, an entertainment park, a theme park, and a zoo, which contains an enclosure for Scandinavian animals such as wolves and elk, and a large breeding ground for Bactrian camels.The animals have wide open spaces in which to roam. Kristiansand zoo is Norway`s most frequently visited attraction covering an area of 150 acres of wild Nordic terrain. The park has many kilometres of good paths throughout, to enable visitors the possibility to roam for hours.
Only ten minutes on foot from the busy city centre, countless paths allow you to disappear in the tranquillity of the woods. You can visit for instance the Ravnedalen park, which is a beautiful natural park to the north east of the centre.
Of course during the summer you can got to the beach, or take a boat and sail to the archipelagoes.
Salmon fishing is open to the public in the Otra, a well-known salmon river that literally runs through the city.
The downtown area of Kristiansand is an interesting place to spend an evening out. A number of art galleries and the impressive regional museum Sørlandets-Kunstmuseum present varied contemporary art. The Night Gallery presents experimental open-air video art. Students and intellectuals give life to numerous cafés and pubs that cater to most international tastes.
The theatre is another option for a night out: Agder-teater is the biggest of the region.
The city’s commercial activities are centered on Markensgate, which is a pedestrian street. The Markensgate offers a number of informal cafés, and is the number one meeting place for the locals. The Sørlandsparken commercial centre is located 5 kilometers to the east, hosting a large shopping mall, specialised retailers, and other businesses.
THe city offers a number of restaurants and bars in all categories with opening hours allowing guests to fully profit from the light summer evenings.
Overview of the city