Stavanger dates back to the medieval times and was founded about 1125 when the cathedral was being built. The city is located on the west coast of Norway and boat was the main mean of transportation for many hundred years. Stavanger had a regular boat service with the UK for more than 100 years.
The Stavanger Region is the 3rd largest with 331 000 inhabitants and 2816 km2. The city of Stavanger is Norway’s 4th largest city with a population of more than 132 000 inhabitants and 181 nationalities. 22 % of its population has foreign origin. The city is referred to as the oil capitol of Norway and one of Europe’s energy capitols. Most of the national and international oil companies have headquarters in The Stavanger Region. Smart city is Stavanger’s main focus for the future, using technology to make a better and easier life for the inhabitants.
In 2016 a smart city strategy was politically adopted. Stavanger also participate in Horizon 2020 – the world’s largest research project – through the Triangulum project, which is a joint smart city initiative with Manchester (United Kingdom) and Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Stavanger has a university hospital and a university, university colleges and other institutes of higher education.
In the center of Stavanger you will find many narrow and short streets in a pedestrian area. Many restaurants are located along the harbor in the old warfhouses.