The city of Stavanger in Norway initiated links with Ningbo, in East China’s Zhejiang province, in September 2004.
Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway. It lies on the southwestern coast of the country. With a population of 11,000, rapid economic development has made it one of the richest cities in Norway. What’s more, it is an international seaport and conference center.
As a seaport, Stavanger is known as Europe’s oil center. It provides support for the North Sea oil industry. Many global energy corporations and institutions have their branches here. It also hosts the North Sea oilfield seminar and exhibition every two years.
Additionally, the agriculture, fishing and shipbuilding industries also form the dominant parts of the local economy here. Emerging industries such as the new electronics industry and machinery industry have also recorded significant growth in recent years.
Some 8,000 students study at Stavanger University, which also provides further education for local residents. Stavanger Symphony Orchestra is renowned all over the world. Also, the city presents a range of cultural activities including museums, theatres, and art galleries.
Stavanger has a long history. It was founded in the eighth century and became the seat of a bishopric in the 12th century, when the Cathedral of St. Swithin was built.
Stavanger has a convenient transportation system and the airport is only a 20-minute drive from the downtown area.