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Coat of arms of the municipality of Sandefjord
Sandefjord (Norway)
Basic data
Commune number : 3804
Province  (county) : Vestfold and Telemark
Administrative headquarters: Sandefjord
Coordinates : 59 ° 8 '  N , 10 ° 13'  E Coordinates: 59 ° 8 '  N , 10 ° 13'  E
Surface: 422.26 km²
Residents: 63,764  (Feb 27, 2020)
Population density : 151 inhabitants per km²
Language form : Bokmål
Postal code : 3247
Structure: Stokke , Andebu , Melsomvik, Ranvik, Framnes, Krokemoa, Breidablikk, Haukerød, Fokserød, Mosserød, Fevang, Hørdal, Lasken, Ringkollen, Kodal, Råstad, Torp, Åbol
Railway connection: Vestfoldbanen
Next international airport : Torp Airport
Mayor : Bjørn Ole Gleditsch  ( H ) (2003)
Located in the province of Vestfold og Telemark
Location of the municipality in the province of Vestfold og Telemark

Audio file / audio sample Sandefjord ? / i is aNorwegian municipalityin theVestfold regionin theVestfold og Telemarkprovince . It consists of Sandefjord and the districts (Tettstedene)Andebu,Kodal,Høyjord,Stokke,FossnesandMelsomvik. The municipality bordersTønsbergtothe northeast,Larvikto the westandFærderto thesoutheast.


Sandefjord's coat of arms from 1914 to 2017

The most important evidence from the Viking Age is the royal tomb Gokstadhaugen and the Kaupang / Skiringssal trading post in Tjølling . Kaupang was one of the great trading centers of the Viking Age and its area , which was called Viken , was an important station for Viking coastal shipping. The sea level was then two meters higher than it is today and when Olav Geirstadalv was buried in his ship in Gokstad Hill around the year 900, the shore was much closer to the burial mound than it is today. Both the Vesterøya and the Østerøya were without land connection and the shipping route between the Tønsbergfjord and the Sandefjordsfjord went through the inner waterway.

Gokstadhaugen was excavated in 1880. The Gokstad ship was found , a Viking ship with a log-house-like burial chamber and rich furnishings: beds, cookware, sails, weapons and a tent, as well as twelve horses, six dogs and a peacock. In the middle of the burial chamber were some human bones and a skull fragment. For a long time it was believed that these were the remains of King Olav Geristadalv, who was assigned to the east Swedish royal family of the Ynglingene . The finds from the Gokstad ship can now be viewed in Oslo.

Sandefjord kirke and Kirkegata

In 1837 a sulfur bath was set up in Sandefjord as a therapeutic bath for rheumatic diseases. In addition to the sulfur baths, mud baths and applications with fire jellyfish were administered as a cure. Even members of the royal family and ministers of state were among the spa guests . Between 1837 and 1939, around 50,000 people are believed to have visited the bath. It was mainly Norwegians, but Danes, Swedes, Germans, British, Americans and Russians also came to Sandefjord. The bathing operation was stopped in 1939. Today the buildings have been restored as cultural centers.

Sandefjord got market rights in 1845 .

In 1850, Sandefjord became a center for whaling in the North Sea and on the Finnmark coast . In 1905 the first whaling expedition went to the Antarctic Sea. Whaling brought a new boom. At the end of the 1920s, Sandefjord had 90 whaling ships and 15 whale boilers . The peak of whaling was reached in the mid-1950s. This activity then declined sharply because the whale was almost extinct in Antarctica. In 1967/1968 whaling was completely stopped.

On January 1, 2017, Stokke and Andebu were the first municipalities to be incorporated as part of the nationwide municipal reform.


coat of arms

Blazon : "In gold, a black whaling boat growing at an angle, growing out of it a black whaler with legs apart, the harpoon slightly inclined to the left in the raised hands."


Infrastructure in Sandefjord
Bridge to Natholmen

The city has the airport Torp ( Norw. Sandefjord Lufthavn ) with national and international connections.

There are ferry connections to Strömstad in Sweden with the companies Color Line and Fjord Line .

Sandefjord has a train station on Vestfoldbane .


Whaling Monument in Sandefjord

In the city is the whaling museum Sandefjordmuseene (also Hvalfangstmuseet ), which goes back to a foundation of consul Lars Christensen , a son of Christians Christensen.

The Sverstad rock carvings are in a cemetery in a small park in Sverstad, north of Sandefjord.


Sandefjord Fotball was promoted to the Norwegian first division Eliteserien in 2016 .

In handball, Runar and Sandefjord TIF each play in the top division. The latter team has won Norwegian men's championship several times in recent years. The player Jonny Jensen ( SG Flensburg-Handewitt ) played for TIF for several years.

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Sandefjord  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Sandefjord  travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. Statistisk sentralbyrå - Befolkning
  2. ^ Norwegian Statistics Office: Population of Norwegian Municipalities , accessed October 3, 2017