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Stavanger & Around

History

Stavanger was once a bustling fishing centre and, in its heyday, had more than 70 sardine canneries. By the 1960s, the depletion of fish stocks had brought an end to the industry, but the discovery of North Sea oil spared Stavanger from hard times. This is perhaps no great tourist draw, but it has brought prosperity and a cosmopolitan community with nearly 3000 British and US oil people.