The administrative centre of Finnmark, Vadsø has a mixed Norwegian and Finnish heritage thanks to large-scale immigration from Finland in the 19th century. A monument at the north end of Tollbugata commemorates this cultural heritage. Vadsø is also renowned as a site for polar exploration, with several expeditions having started or ended here. Like other Finnmark towns, it was badly mauled in WWII, by both Russian...
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