Public address: Rådhuset, Brogt. 7, 4550 Farsund
Monday - Friday: kl. 08.00 – 15.00
Tel: 38 38 20 00
Fax: 38 38 20 01
Send SMS to Farsund kommune to the phone 488 99 980
Farsund Municipality consists of 4 previously separate communities – Farsund, Spind, Herad and Lista. The majority of the 9,500 inhabitants live in the communities of Farsund, Vanse and Vestbygda.
Farsund became incorporated as a town in 1795. Trade and shipping lay the foundation for prosperity. For some years, Farsund, "The Town at the Sound," could call itself the world's largest shipping town when comparing the gross tonnage of Farsund's ships to the local population. The town centre now includes Gåseholmen, a town within the town. Centrally located in the main part of the town is the Marketplace where you can sit at the water's edge and enjoy watching the boats approach the town.
Vanse was the community with the most inhabitants before the 4 communities joined together. Its history dates back thousands of years and includes one of the country's largest and oldest churches.
Vestbygda arose around the only safe harbour along the harsh Lista coastline. Large jetties provide safety for the numerous fishing boats in the area. The community's strong connection to America manifests itself in the local architecture, language and culture.
Three large factories employ the majority of Farsund's working population. Two of these produce and manufacture aluminium. The third is a pipe-coating factory dependent on the oil industry.
In addition there are numerous smaller factories and businesses. Shipping, fishing and agriculture have historically been important areas of employment, something the rich local history and the large number of cultural heritage sites verify.
Weather-beaten coastlines, soft white sandy beaches, mountainous countryside and large wooded areas with broadleaf deciduous trees give the community a uniquely varied nature. Large areas are protected under the Conservation laws. These include protection of the landscape, bird and plant reservations and RAMSAR areas (protected wetlands).
Kilometres of white sandy beaches with powder-fine sand encourage activity and recreation throughout the year. Behind the beaches, the sand dunes create a landscape that is characteristic for the nature at Lista.
Within the Lista landscape, the wetlands include small and large ponds and lakes along with nutritious marshes and swamps. This has made Lista one of the best places for birds to gather and rest in all of Norway. Over 300 different sorts of birds have been observed in the area. At the Lista Lighthouse there is a year round, manned bird station. Also in this area lies the Lista moraine, the oldest known frontal moraine on land in Norway.
Farther inland from the flat landscape of Lista lays Herad. Here, among the mountains and valleys, is the unique threshold fjord known as Framvaren. This fjord has aroused international attention as it is 180 meters deep and completely free of oxygen below 15 meters.
The Listeid Nature Reserve borders the fjord. Here can be found most of the broadleaf deciduous tree sorts found in Norway. Within the reserve are the "King and Queen", large old "styvings" trees, trees where the branches were routinely cut and used as animal fodder. The trees, with time and repeated cutting, became large and troll like. The landscape along the fjord is similar to Western Norway with steep mountains reaching straight down into the fjords.
The Spind archipelago is idyllic with its endless islets and islands. These create a wonderful border as one sails toward the town of Farsund.
The historical cultural landscape still characterizes the present landscape of Lista. Endless stone fences and hills of rocks formed by farmers removing rocks from the fields needed for agriculture give evidence to thousands of years of settlement and farming. The historical significance of the area is repeatedly confirmed by frequent archaeological findings. Traces of early settlements can be found in the sea, along the coast and in the soil.