Kongsberg

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Kongsberg kommune
Kongsberg in July 2006
Kongsberg in July 2006
Coat of arms of Kongsberg kommune
Official logo of Kongsberg kommune
Nickname(s): 
Teknologibyen
The City of Technology
Kongsberg within Viken
Kongsberg within Viken
Coordinates: 59°40′10″N 09°39′06″E / 59.66944°N 9.65167°E / 59.66944; 9.65167Coordinates: 59°40′10″N 09°39′06″E / 59.66944°N 9.65167°E / 59.66944; 9.65167
CountryNorway
CountyViken
DistrictLower Buskerud
Administrative centreKongsberg
Government
 • Mayor (2015)Kari Anne Sand (Sp)
Area
 • Total792 km2 (306 sq mi)
 • Land753 km2 (291 sq mi)
Area rank138s in Norway
Population
 (2011)
 • Total25,090
 • Rank27 in Norway
 • Density31.2/km2 (81/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
8.9%
Demonym(s)Kongsbering/ Kongsbergenser
Kongsbergensar[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3006
Official language formBokmål[2]
Websitewww.kongsberg.kommune.no

Kongsberg is a town located in Viken county in Norway. Kongsberg has a population of 27.716 as of 2020.[3]

Kirketorget in Kongsberg, featuring Kongsberg church.

History[change | change source]

The city of Kongsberg was founded in 1624 after the discovery of silver in the area.[4] The population grew quickly due to the mining industry, and in 1749 Kongsberg was the largest town in Norway based on population.[5]

Kongsberg was part of the county Buskerud until it merged with Akershus and Østfold to create the larger county Viken.

In 2021, five people were killed in a mass stabbing.

Other[change | change source]

The Royal Norwegian Mint is located in Kongsberg, and is responsible for producing the Norwegian coins.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. "Kommunefakta". SSB (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  4. Thorsnæs, Geir (2019-10-14). "Kongsberg". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian Bokmål).
  5. "Kongsberg". Wikipedia. 2020-10-18.
  6. "Royal Norwegian Mint". Wikipedia. 2020-07-29.