Stavanger is one of Norway's oldest cities. It emerged in the 1100s during a period of population growth and increasing urbanization throughout northern Europe. The Old Norse form of the name was Stafangr. The origin of the name has been discussed for decades, and the most used interpretation is that it originally was the name of the inlet now called Vågen, which was the original site of the city, on the east shore of the bay. The first element of the name is stafr meaning ‘staff, branch’. This could refer to the form of the inlet, but also to the form of the mountain Valberget (Staven meaning ‘the staff,’ is a common name of high and steep mountains in Norway). The last element is angrmeaning ‘inlet, bay’. Facing the North Sea, Stavanger has always been economically dependent on its access to the sea.
MY NORWAY TRIP DIARY: 5th DAY - STAVANGER DETAILS
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