Langesund

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Langesund
Langesund is located in Norway
Langesund
Langesund
Location in Norway
Coordinates: 59°0′N 9°45′E / 59.000°N 9.750°E / 59.000; 9.750
Country Norway
County Telemark
Municipality Bamble
Population
 • Total 5,500

About this sound Langesund  is the administrative centre of the municipality of Bamble, Norway.

The town of Langesund was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). It was merged with Bamble January 1, 1964.

Langesund Church

In the early days, Langesund was one of the most important shipping towns in Norway. Peter Wessel Tordenskiold got one of his ships built in Langesund, Løvendals Gallej.

It is possible to visit the remains of the old Coastal Fortress on Langesundstangen on the extreme end of the Langesund peninsula. The fort was established during the war by the Germans and later used by the Norwegian Coastal Artillery and Home Guard until 1993.

Langesund is one of the most celebrated summer towns in Norway because of the large number of sunny days. It is also well known for Wrightegaarden, a building that hosts outdoor concerts every weekend the whole summer. Artists like Bob Dylan, A-ha, Elton John and Little Richard have played in Wrightegaarden.

The most famous landmark in Langesund is Langøytangen fyr, a lighthouse placed on the peak of Langøya, a kilometre-long island right outside of Langesund. The island group east of the town are called Arøya.

Mathematician Atle Selberg, musician Vidar Busk and Norwegian-American Lutheran theologian Marcus Olaus Bøckmann were all born in Langesund.

Cultural contribution[edit]

Artists like Vidar Busk and Stephen Ackels is originally from Langesund. The concertplace Wrightegaarden is famous for its intimate concerts and is hosting big Norwegian bands like Postgirobygget every year. Langesund is mentioned in the opening lyrics of Postgirobygget's song Sommer på jorda (Summer on Earth).

The name[edit]

The meaning of the name is 'the long fjord'

Coordinates: 59°00′N 9°45′E / 59.000°N 9.750°E / 59.000; 9.750