Haugesund / Norway
The young commercial city with around 30,000 inhabitants is located on Norway's southwestern coast between Bergen and Stavanger, and is an important trade center with a catchment area of about 200,000 people. Haugesund lies at Karmsund and on Norvegen which gave the country its name. The city was founded in the late 19th century with the booming herring fishery, in 1854 it receive city rights. received her town charter. Its arms shows three seagulls on a blue background.
A memorial site in Haraldshaugen, a granite obelisk of granite with 29 smaller monuments of 29 parts of the country, is reminiscent of the empire unification from 854 and of the founder of the empire Harald Fairhair, Harald I. There, the king according to legend is said to also have been buried.
The city now has several theaters, a symphony orchestra, a remarkable town hall, and the Karmsund Folk Museum. Every year, in August an international film festival and the Jazz Festival Sildajazz takes place. The city has several Lutheran churches from the 19th and 20th centuries and a Catholic church, St. Joseph, from the year 1933.