The Stavanger region with its islands, flat landscapes of fjords Jaeren and give a dramatic character. History aside, the region was important in the Viking Age, the battle of Hafrsfjord, as evidenced by the remains of Sola and Stavanger. Stavanger Cathedral, built in 1125, had a significant impact on the small town of Stavanger. Over the following centuries, the region remained poor until 1810 and the arrival of herring abundance on the coast. It allowed the fishing industry to thrive. 1969 marks the first discovery of the Ekofisk oil field in in the southern North Sea. The region has become crucial for Norway: it is now the European capital of oil. Come and discover why Stavanger was the European Capital of Culture 2008.
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