|— Municipality —|
Stavanger within Rogaland
|- Mayor (1995-)||Leif Johan Sevland (H)|
|Area (Nr. ||} Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions called counties ( fylker, singular fylke) and 430 municipalities ( kommuner, cf Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional ||-||} Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties ( Norwegian: singular fylke, plural fylker ( Bokmål is a county in Norway, bordering Hordaland, Telemark, Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder. Norway is divided into a number of traditional Districts Many districts have deep historical roots and only partially coincide with today's administrative units of counties Jæren is a traditional district stretching across some 65 kilometers on the southwestern coast of Norway. ISO 3166-2NO is an ISO standard which defines Geocodes it is the subset of ISO 3166-2 which applies to Norway. Leif Johan Sevland (born 13 September 1961 in Avaldsnes) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party ( Høyre, H meaning " right " is a Norwegian Political party. Area is a Quantity expressing the two- Dimensional size of a defined part of a Surface, typically a region bounded by a closed Curve. 406 in Norway)|
|- Total||71 km² (27. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 4 sq mi)|
|- Land||68 km² (26. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 3 sq mi)|
|- Density||1,650/km² (4,273. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 5/sq mi)|
|- Change (10 years)||9. 5 %|
|- Rank in Norway||4|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|- Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
municipality in the county of Rogaland, Norway. Central European Time ( CET) is one of the names of the Time zone that is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. UTC+1 is used in the following locations Central European Time West Africa Time Western European Summer Time Daylight saving time ( DST Central European Summer Time ( CEST) is one of the names of UTC+2 Time zone, 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. UTC+2 corresponds to the following Time zones Eastern European Time Egypt Standard Time Central Africa Time Norwegian ( norsk) is a North Germanic Language spoken primarily in Norway, where it is an official language Bokmål (lit "book language" or Dano-Norwegian is the most commonly used of the two official Norwegian written Standard languages the other ||} Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions called counties ( fylker, singular fylke) and 430 municipalities ( kommuner, cf ||-||} Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties ( Norwegian: singular fylke, plural fylker ( Bokmål is a county in Norway, bordering Hordaland, Telemark, Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder. Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional Stavanger was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). New Year See also New Year The Ancient Romans began their consular year on January 1st since 153 BC Year 1838 ( MDCCCXXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common Formannskaps-distrikt was the name for a Norwegian local self-government districts put into force in 1838. The rural municipalities of Hetland and Madla merged with Stavanger January 1, 1965. Hetland is a former municipality in Rogaland county Norway It was created as Hetland Formannskapsdistrikt in 1837 Madla is a former municipality and borough of the city of Stavanger, Norway. New Year See also New Year The Ancient Romans began their consular year on January 1st since 153 BC Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar.is a city and
Stavanger is the 4th largest city in Norway, with a population of 119,586 (2008) and approximately 181,300 people in the conurbation, making the Stavanger-Sandnes city area the third largest in Norway. The city has been called the Petroleum Capital of Norway. 
The city is located on a peninsula on the southwest coast of Norway. The climate is maritime mild temperate (marine west coast - cfb) and rather windy, with all monthly temperature averages above freezing, and precipitation 1200 mm/year. An oceanic climate (also called marine west coast climate and maritime climate) is the Climate typically found along the west coasts at the middle latitudes An oceanic climate (also called marine west coast climate and maritime climate) is the Climate typically found along the west coasts at the middle latitudes Summers are pleasant and lowland areas in and around Stavanger have the longest growing season in Norway (220 days). In Agriculture, the growing season is the period of each Year when crops can be grown
The city is a combination of new and old influences. There is a significant foreign influence with the nearby Joint Warfare Center, a base where rotating NATO forces (but not permanently stationed foreign forces) are stationed, as well as foreign oil interests. The Joint Warfare Centre ( JWC) is a NATO establishment headquartered in Stavanger, Norway. The North Atlantic Treaty Norway's oldest cathedral, Stavanger domkirke, is situated right in the city centre. Stavanger Cathedral ( Stavanger domkirke) is Norway 's oldest Cathedral. Stavanger has several beautiful lakes, which are popular recreation areas. Breiavatnet is located in the heart of Stavanger, while Mosvatnet and Stokkavatnet are situated right outside.
Stavanger Airport is located 14 km from the city centre, in the municipality of Sola. Stavanger Airport Sola ( Norwegian: Stavanger lufthavn Sola) is an international Airport located in the municipality of Sola, Norway Sola is a municipality in the county of Rogaland, Norway. The old municipality of Håland was divided into Sola and Madla
Stavanger fulfilled an important urban role even prior to its founding in the year 1125 around the time the Stavanger bishopric was established in the 1120s. A number of historians have argued convincingly that Nord-Jæren was an economic and military centre as far back as the 800-900s with the consolidation of the nation at Hafrsfjord. Jæren is a traditional district stretching across some 65 kilometers on the southwestern coast of Norway. Hafrsfjord is a Fjord located in the municipalities of Stavanger and Sola in Norway, stretching 9 kilometres Stavanger grew into a centre of civic administration and an important south-west coast market town around 1100-1200. Market town or market right is a legal term originating in the Medieval period for a European settlement that has the right to hold Markets With the reformation in 1536, Stavanger's role as a religious centre declined, and the establishment of Kristiansand in the early 17th century led to the relocation of the bishopric. (formerly "Christianssand" is a city and municipality, and the capital of the county of Vest-Agder, Norway and of the geographical However, rich herring fisheries in the 19th century gave the city new life.
The city's history is a continuous alternation between upswings and recessions. 
The city and its surroundings is deeply rooted in religion and Christian life, and for long periods of time its most important industries have been shipping, shipbuilding, the canning industry and associated subcontractors. A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth Shipping is physical process of Transporting goods and Cargo. See also Shipbuilding (song. Shipbuilding is the construction of Ships It normally takes place in a specialized facility known as a Canning is a method of preserving food in which the food is processed and sealed in an airtight container
In 1969, a new upswing started as oil was first discovered in the North Sea.  After much discussion, Stavanger was chosen to be the on-shore center for the oil industry on the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, and a period of hectic growth followed. 
The Norse form of the name was Stafangr. The North Germanic languages or Scandinavian languages make up one of the three branches of the Germanic languages, a sub-family of the Indo-European languages Originally this was the name of an inlet (now called Vågen). The first element of the name is stafr m 'staff, stick'. This could refer to the form of the inlet, but also to the form of the mountain Valberget (Staven 'the staff' is a common name of high and steep mountains in Norway). The last element is angr m 'inlet, fjord'.
The coat-of-arms is based upon a seal from 1591, which again has roots back to The Middle Ages. It shows a branch of vine (Vitis vinifera). A vine is any plant of Genus Vitis (the Grape plants or by extension any similar climbing or trailing plant Vitis vinifera ( Common Grape Vine) is a species of Vitis, native to the Mediterranean region, central Europe, and The meaning and representation of the vine is currently unknown.
Stavanger is divided into 7 boroughs. A borough is an Administrative division of various countries In principle the term borough designates a self-governing Township although in practice
Stavanger is also partitioned into 22 parts and 218 smaller parts. Hundvåg is an island and borough of the city of Stavanger, Norway. Tasta is a borough of the city of Stavanger, Norway. Neighbourhoods Although the borders of neighbourhoods do not correspond exactly to the borough Eiganes og Våland is a borough of the city of Stavanger, Norway. Madla is a former municipality and borough of the city of Stavanger, Norway. Storhaug is a borough of the city of Stavanger, Norway. Neighbourhoods Although the borders of neighbourhoods do not correspond exactly to the Hillevåg is a borough of the city of Stavanger, Norway. It was a part of Hetland municipality which was incorporated into Stavanger in 1965 Hinna is a borough of the city of Stavanger, Norway. Neighbourhoods Although the borders of neighbourhoods do not correspond exactly to the borough
The Department of Adolescence and Quality of Life, in the municipality (Oppvekst og levekår i Stavanger kommune) has been split into 4 parts. These are independent of the borders of the boroughs. They are Eiganes and Tasta, Hinna and Hillevåg, Storhaug, Hundvåg and Madla. The Department of Labour and Wealth (Arbeids og velferdsetaten - NAV) which was opened July 3. 2006, also uses this partitioning.
Starting in the 1880s, industry grew in Stavanger, primarily based on treatment and exports of fish and fish-products. The industry was however one-sided which left it vulnerable to changes in demand and was therefore particularly hard hit by the economical depressions between World War I and World War II. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including
After World War II, the canning-industry hit difficulties. Increased competition from abroad and old machinery led to decrease which was only partially compensated by an increase in shipping and boat-building.
In the 1960s, exploratory oil-drilling in the North Sea changed the situation for Stavanger. It is located close to the oil-fields, and Stavanger with its good harbour and plane-connections was well-positioned to take advantage of the increased activity.
After petroleum-exploration and production became the most important business sector in the Stavanger area during the mid 1970s, business and cultural climate has changed considerably.
The largest oil company in Stavanger is mainly state-owned oil company StatoilHydro who have their headquarters located in the suburban area of Forus, located between neighboring Sandnes and Stavanger. StatoilHydro ASA () is a Norwegian energy company formed by the 2007 merger of Statoil with the oil and gas division of is a city and municipality in the county of Rogaland, Norway.
The city of Stavanger is now running out of land for future development for housing and industry. To rectify this, the administration has approached the neighboring municipalities to propose a merger. This has not been welcomed by in particular Sandnes. is a city and municipality in the county of Rogaland, Norway. Thus, it seems evident that the growth in the area will take place outside the boundaries of Stavanger.
The NATO Joint Warfare Centre is also located at Jåttå. The Joint Warfare Centre ( JWC) is a NATO establishment headquartered in Stavanger, Norway.
Access to Stavanger is provided through the Sørlandsbanen railway, and the road E39 from Kristiansand and E39 north on the west coast, Stavanger Airport, Sola with connection to domestic and international destinations, including Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, a port serving international ferries to Newcastle, UK and Hirtshals, Denmark and domestic ferries to Tau and train from Oslo. (formerly "Christianssand" is a city and municipality, and the capital of the county of Vest-Agder, Norway and of the geographical Stavanger Airport Sola ( Norwegian: Stavanger lufthavn Sola) is an international Airport located in the municipality of Sola, Norway Amsterdam (pronounced) is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west Copenhagen (ˌkəʊpənˈheɪgən ˌkəʊpənˈhɑːgən ˈkəʊpənˌheɪgən ˈkəʊpənˌhɑːgən kʰøb̥ənˈhɑʊ̯ˀn kʰøb̥m̩ˈhɑʊ̯ˀn is the capital and largest city Newcastle upon Tyne ( (often shortened to Newcastle) is a city and Metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, England Hirtshals is a town in Hjørring municipality in Region Nordjylland on the north coast of the island of Vendsyssel-Thy at the top of the Tau (uppercase Τ, lowercase τ; Ταυ) is the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet. (called Christiania from 1624 to 1878 and Kristiania from 1878 to 1924 is the Capital and largest city of Norway.
The city has a number of bus services and taxis. There are two tunnel projects planned: Ryfast and Rogfast. Ryfast is a planned sub-sea tunnel between Stavanger and Strand in Norway. Rogfast is a planned sub-sea northward tunnel between Randaberg near Stavanger and Bokn in Norway
Stavanger has one university, the University of Stavanger with about 8,000 students. The University of Stavanger (UiS is located in Stavanger, Norway and has about 8000 students and 910 administration faculty and service staff The university was formerly a university college. The term " university college " is used in a number of countries to denote institutions that provide Tertiary education but do not have full or independent It was granted status as University on January 1, 2005. A university is an institution of Higher education and Research, which grants Academic degrees in a variety of subjects New Year See also New Year The Ancient Romans began their consular year on January 1st since 153 BC Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 
The population of Stavanger has a high percentage of university educated with 31. 3% of those above 16 years has higher education, compared to the national average of 24. 2% (2006 figures) 
Stavanger and its region, along with Liverpool, United Kingdom, has been selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2008. Liverpool ( is a City and Metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one Calendar year during which it is given a chance to showcase its The Stavanger2008 vision is expressed through the concept "Open Port". This can be understood both in its English sense - "an open harbour", - and in its Norwegian meaning of "an open gate". Open Port – Openness towards the world. The region and its people is supposed to be even more open and inclusive towards art, ideas and opportunities.
Every May, Stavanger is host to MaiJazz, the Stavanger International Jazz Festival. MaiJazz is the Stavanger International Jazz Festival Stavanger's oldest Festival,taking place every May The International Chamber Music Festival takes place every August. Stavanger was the host port of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Race in 1997 and 2004. The Tall Ships' Races are races for Sail training "Tall Ships" ( Sailing ships.
The largest local football club Viking F.K., plays in the Norwegian Premier League (2007). Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Viking Fotballklubb is a Norwegian football club from the city of Stavanger. This is a list of Football (soccer clubs in Norway, sorted for the 2008 season The club plays its home matches at the football stadium, Viking Stadion, which was opened in 2004. Viking Stadion is a football stadium built at Jåttåvågen in Stavanger, Norway.
Stavanger Oilers plays in the Norwegian ice hockey elite league, GET-ligaen. Stavanger Oilers are an Ice hockey club from Stavanger, Norway. Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. GET-ligaen (English GET-league is the premier Norwegian Ice hockey league organised by the Norwegian Ice Hockey Federation. The handball team Stavanger Håndball plays in the Norwegian elite league
Lysefjorden is popular for hiking. Handball (also known as team handball, European handball, or Olympic handball) is a Team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six Lysefjord (or Lysefjorden, the suffix "-en" is a form of the definite article in the Norwegian language) is a Fjord located in Not too far from Stavanger, alpine centers are ready for skiers and snowboarders throughout the winter season. Prekestolen (aka the Pulpit Rock) is a massive rock overhanging the fjord known for its hiking. Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and by the old local name Hyvlatonnå Kjeragbolten is a rock wedged in the cliff 604 meters above the fjord. The free fall makes Kjerag a very popular location for BASE jumping. Kjerag or Kiragg is a Norwegian mountain located in Lysefjorden, in Forsand municipality Rogaland. BASE jumping is involving the use of a Parachute or the sequenced use of a Wingsuit and parachute to jump from fixed objects--with the parachute unopened at the jump 
Along the coast south of Stavanger there are a number of large, sandy beaches, including at Sola is within closest reach from the city. 
Old Stavanger (Gamle Stavanger) is located right next to the city centre and has a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth century wooden structures. Gamle Stavanger ('Old Stavanger' is an area of the city of Stavanger in the county of Rogaland, Norway, and is believed to be Europe ’s largest The 18th century lasted from 1701 to 1800 in the Gregorian calendar, in accordance with the Anno Domini / Common Era numbering system The 19th century of the Common Era began on January 1, 1801 and ended on December 31, 1900, according to the Gregorian calendar
Stavanger domkirke (St. Stavanger Cathedral ( Stavanger domkirke) is Norway 's oldest Cathedral. Svithun's cathedral) was built between 1100 and 1125 by the English bishop Reinald in Anglo-Norman style, and in the late 13th century a new choir was added in Gothic style, with a vaulted roof. The Anglo-Normans were mainly the descendants of the Normans who ruled England following the conquest by William of Normandy in 1066, although See also Gothic art Gothic architecture is a style of Architecture which flourished during the high and late medieval period. Among the old stone churches in Norway, the cathedral in Stavanger is among the best preserved.
The city centre itself is small and intimate, with narrow streets and open spaces protected from car traffic. The open-air vegetable market is one of the very few in Norway where you can buy produce directly from local farmers every working day through the year.
The Stavanger Museum is also located in Old Stavanger, commemorating the city's past glory as the herring capital of Norway. Herring are small Oily fish of the genus Clupea found in the shallow temperate waters of the North Atlantic, the Baltic Sea, the North 
The museum of Archaelogy is one of five archaeological museums in Norway. Archaeology, archeology, or archæology (from Greek grc ἀρχαιολογία archaiologia – grc ἀρχαῖος archaīos Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional According to the Museum itself it, follows a profile of environmental archaeology and interdisciplinary study, with a scientific staff that includes representatives from archaeology, the natural sciences and modern cultural history.
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is located at the harbour. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum was opened on 20 May 1999. In Norwegian language the museum is called Norsk Oljemuseum. The museum reflects the fact that Stavanger has been Norway's oil capital since oil drilling activities started in the North Sea in 1966. 
Stavanger has several sister cities; they are: