If you tell most people that you're going to Stavanger, they will pull a face. You know the face I mean. The one that says "What the hell are you talking about?!".
Well, wonder no more...
Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway in terms of population, and the third largest urban area.
The city was formally founded in 1125, but traces of settlements have been discovered in the area dating back to the end on the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago.
After the discovery of oil in the North Sea in 1969, Stavanger became the centre for the oil industry in that area of Norway. Previous to this, the main industries in Stavanger were shipping, ship building and fish canning. Incidentally, Stavanger is also the location of the NATO Joint Warfare Centre.Read more: Stavanger