The Municipality

Kristiansand is a city and municipality in Agder county, Norway. It is the fifth largest city in Norway with a population of around 93,000. Kristiansand is located by the seacost.

The climate in the city is warmer than most other places at the same latitude, but with cooler summers than farther east in Scandinavia. Snow generally occurs in late December and in January and February; it may be heavy but rarely stays long on the coast.

Tourism is important in Kristiansand, and the summer season is the most popular for tourists. Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement park is the largest zoo in Norway. Markens Street is the main pedestrian street in downtown Kristiansand. Bystranda is a city beach located in Kvadraturen.

Near the city, there are deep woods. In Baneheia and at the former coastal artillery fortress on Odderøya, there are lighted ski trails and walking paths. Two major rivers, the Otra and the Tovdalselva, flow into the Skagerrak at Kristiansand.