Kristiansand is the largest city located between Oslo and Stavanger. Kristiansand is located on Norway’s southern coast and has long been a favourite summer holidays spot amongst Norwegians. The sea and surrounding fjords are perfect for recreational activities like fishing and sailing. Kristiansand is the business and cultural capital of Southern Norway. Nicknamed “the coolest riviera” by the media, it is a modern city with a cosmopolitan history
The city was named after its founder King Christian IV in 1641. The name was written “Christian(s)sand” (for “Christians sand” – meaning en:(King) “Christian’s Sand”) until 1877. Then, the ch was changed to k, the form was changed to “Kristianssand”. The name was again changed to its present form Kristiansand in 1889.