Thursday, 30 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Monday, 20 October 2008
|— Municipality —|
|- Mayor (2003)||Tore Opdal Hansen (H)|
|Area (Nr. 366 in Norway)|
|- Total||137 km² (52.9 sq mi)|
|- Land||135 km² (52.1 sq mi)|
|- Density||421/km² (1,090.4/sq mi)|
|- Change (10 years)||8.2 %|
|- Rank in Norway||9|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|- Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Drammen was established as a municipality 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The rural municipality of Skoger was merged with Drammen 1 January 1964. (And then transferred from the county of Vestfold to the county of Buskerud.) There is also a town called Drammen in Wisconsin, named after the Norwegian city in 1877.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Grunnen til at vi gjør det er todelt. For det første er vi litt lei av "nice colours" kommentaren i de tradisjonelle memene og for det andre har vi liten sans for den nedlatende holdningen man ofte ser hos "forståsegpåerne" som lett dominerer enkelte andre steder. Vi vil være for amatørfotografen i godt humør.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Tryvannstårnet is the name of the 118 metre high TV Tower of Oslo, located 529 metres above mean sea level near the Tryvann lake. Tryvannstårnet was built in 1962 and has an observation deck in a height of 60 metres, from which you have at clear weather conditions a sight extending to the Swedish border. The observation deck was closed in 2005 because of new fire safety regulations that would have required expensive investments, as well as a rapidly declining number of visitors. In the 1980s and 90s, the tower yearly had around 100,000 visitors.
For more Sky Watch photos, visit the Sky watch site - Sky watch was Dots idea, now hosted by Sandy, Klaus, Tom , Ivar and Imac.
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
It may be over-simplifying its history somewhat, but the old Fortress Town can be regarded as a designer town. Founded by a king fond of parties; developed by officers with continental swagger and a penchant for powdered elegance and military aesthetics.
Plenty of Norwegian towns have their old districts, but only Fredrikstad has the Old Town. Don´t be misled by the antiquated name, this place is nobody´s maiden aunt! On the contrary, the Old Town is still young and promising, having recently hung up its army uniform for good – after 350 years of military discipline - and slipped into its civvies. With history as a springboard the Old Town is putting itself on display, in its markets, carnivals and culture.
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
It all began in 1567 when the king of Denmark-Norway decreed that the town of Sarpsborg, burned to the ground by arch enemy Sweden, should be rebuilt. The king bent his ear to a popular appeal to have the town resituated at a place that was easier to defend and had better living conditions.
The east bank of the Glomma estuary was the obvious choice, and for the first time in Norway a king let a town take its name from a person. That person was the king himself; and Fredrikstad would prove itself a town worthy of a king. The inhabitants didn´t even complain that the man who christened the town never stopped there, but merely sailed past a couple of times. Then again, during his lifetime the place was more a building site than an arena in which this most social of kings could enjoy himself. He should have been around a century or two later, by which time he would have no difficulty getting his glass filled for a toast to a well-proportioned and attractive town. And a fortress that deterred the enemy.
The old Fortress Town is a part of our European heritage, and many regard it as an obvious candidate for a place on UNESCO´s World Heritage list. Why isn´t the Old Town on the list? There are several reasons, not least of all Fredrikstad´s desire to keep it an integrated part of the city´s life. The Old Town has existed and continues to exist without the aid of any "tourist attraction"-label with all the dangers of commercialisation that brings with it.