Pictures from the county SÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¸r-TrÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¸ndelag:
NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Trøndelag is the region of contrasts. It has its mountainous border to Sweden in the east and turnew towards the sea in the west. People have lived here for 8000 yearw, fishermen, farmers, hunters and the Lapps – and more recently the city people with their trading.
The county of Sør-Trøndelag has 260.000 inhabitants. Trondheim is the regional centre with a population of 150.000 people. In Sør-Trøndelag people make a living from both traditional industries like farming, fishing and food production, and from working in modern high tech companies with close links to the research environments at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, and SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute with more than 1000 employees in Trondheim.
The county has both mountain plateaus and large forest where you can get away from it all, as well as island communities that are at the mercy of the wind and weather. The county has three national parks, many salmon rivers and lakes that may be fished. Sør-Trøndelag is a region that is rich in natural resources. Here we find some of Norway’s richest agricultural land.
History is important to the people of Trøndelag. For more than 200 years, while the Viking kings ruled over Norway, Trondheim was the city where the futute kings were crowned. From here they governed over a kingdom that for long periods included more than present day Norway. This is recaptured in a number of historical plays in the region. The Nidaros Cathedral is the world’s most northern cathedral, set over the grave of St. Olav, patron saints and eternal king of Norway. He fell in battle at Stiklestad on July 29 in the year 1030 AD. The Christ Church raised over his grave was begun in 1070 and was completed in about 1300.
Recently, more than 900 km of the ancient pilgrim routes have been identified, one starting in Oslo and one in Skalstugan in Sweden.
The old mining town of Røros, 600 metres above sea levelon a bare mountain platou is a living monument of more than 300 years of mining history. The mines at Røros were called one of the “jewels in the crown”. Røros is so special that the entire town is protected and has been registered by UNESCO as a major international cultural treasure.
Trondheim celebrated its thousand anniversary in 1997. The town was founded by the Viking king Olav Trygvasson, and for more than 200 years it was the capital of Norway; for many more years it remained the real power centre of the country. Today we like to call Trondheim the Technology Capital of Norway.
Møre og Romsdal
Sogn og Fjordane