Arendal

Arendal kommune
View of Arendal's city centre in August 2006
View of Arendal's city centre in August 2006
Official logo of Arendal kommune
Arendal within Agder
Arendal within Agder
Coordinates: 58°27′39″N 08°45′59″E / 58.46083°N 8.76639°E / 58.46083; 8.76639
CountryNorway
CountyAgder
DistrictSørlandet
Established1 Jan 1838
 • Created asFormannskapsdistrikt
Administrative centreArendal
Government
 • Mayor (2015)Robert Cornels Nordli (Ap)
Area
 • Total270.19 km2 (104.32 sq mi)
 • Land255.12 km2 (98.50 sq mi)
 • Water15.07 km2 (5.82 sq mi)  5.6%
 • Rank#273 in Norway
Population
(2022)
 • Total45,509
 • Rank#23 in Norway
 • Density178.4/km2 (462/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)Increase +6.3%
DemonymArendalitt
Official language
 • Norwegian formBokmål
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-4203
WebsiteOfficial website

Arendal (Urban East Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈɑ̂ːɳɖɑːɫ] (listen)) is a municipality in Agder county in southeastern Norway. Arendal belongs to the region of Sørlandet. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Arendal (which is also the seat of Agder county). Some of the notable villages in Arendal include Rykene, Eydehavn, Færvik, Strengereid, Kongshavn, Kilsund, Brattekleiv, Torsbudalen, Longum, Saltrød, Staubø, Vrengen, and Kolbjørnsvik. The offices of UNEP/GRID-Arendal are also located in the city of Arendal.

The 270-square-kilometre (100 sq mi) municipality is the 273rd largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Arendal is the 23rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 45,509. The municipality's population density is 178.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (462/sq mi) and its population has increased by 6.3% over the previous 10-year period.

General information

Arendal viewed from the harbour
River Nidelva in Arendal

Municipal history

The town of Arendal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt law). On 1 January 1875, a small area with 22 inhabitants was transferred from the town to the neighboring municipality of Østre Moland and another small area with 52 residents was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Øyestad.

On 1 January 1902, the rural municipality of Barbu (population: 6,787) was merged into the town of Arendal. In 1944, a small area of Moland with a population of 21 inhabitants was transferred to Arendal as well. On 1 January 1992, the town was vastly expanded. The neighboring rural municipalities of Hisøy (pop: 4,026), Moland (pop: 8,148), Tromøy (pop: 4,711), and Øyestad (pop: 8,679) were all merged with the town of Arendal which had a population of 12,478, bringing the total population of the new municipality of Arendal to 38,042.

Origin of the name

The Old Norse form of the name was probably Arnardalr. The first element is the genitive case of ǫrn which means "eagle" and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale", thus meaning the "valley of the eagle".

A link for the name also has been theorized to the Vasconic substrate hypothesis, for similarity to placenames like Val d'Aran and Arundel.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of Arendal were granted on 7 November 1924 (based upon an older seal). The blue and silver arms show a sailing ship as a symbol for the importance of fisheries and sailing to the local economy. A ship appeared on the oldest known seal of the town, dating back to the 17th century. In the late 19th and early 20th century the arms showed the ship in the upper part and a landscape with the coat of arms of Norway in the base of the shield.

Churches

The Church of Norway has six parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Arendal. It is part of the Arendal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Agder og Telemark.

Churches in Arendal
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Barbu Barbu Church Barbu 1880
Hisøy Hisøy Church His 1849
Moland Austre Moland Church Brekka 1673
Flosta Church Flostaøya 1632
Stokken Church Saltrød 1878
Trefoldighet Trinity Church Arendal 1888
Tromøy Færvik Church Færvik 1884
Tromøy Church Brekka c. 1150
Øyestad Bjorbekk Church Bjorbekk 1884
Engene Church Nedenes 1849
Øyestad Church Rykene c. 1200

History

Map of Arendal from 1897
View of Arendal in 1902

The village of Arendal was established in the middle of the 16th century, and was then called Arendall. Initially, it had no formal town status.

When the town of Christianssand was founded by King Christian IV in 1641, he granted the citizens a monopoly on all trade in Nedenæs and Lister og Mandal counties (including the area of Arendal). This grant, intended to subsidize Christianssand and its fortifications, placed existing towns in a difficult position. Both towns and the peasants in the rural countryside protested the hardships this caused. As a result, Arendal received royal permission in 1622 to continue as a loading-place for timber until a means could be found to transfer its trade to Christianssand.

The town of Arendal was given market city privileges in 1723. However the peasants in the surrounding district, who by law were to sell their goods only at Arendal, were smuggling their goods out on cutters and selling them in Denmark, in the Baltic, and in Great Britain.

This continued until 1735, when Arendal was granted a full town charter. This charter, combined with Danish imposition of a monopoly on grain imports, caused great poverty and starvation among the peasants in the surrounding districts, leading to several famous rebellions.

As a result of the rebellions, the age of privileges for towns like Christianssand and Arendal came to an apparent end in 1768 by royal proclamation. But the problems did not end then; a farmer, Christian Jensen Lofthuus, in nearby Vestre Moland led a rebellion in 1786 which resulted in the government actually remedying some of the most repressive trade policies, but Lofthus died in prison. The charges against Lofthus were that he dealt in grain and other commodities to the detriment to Arendal's privileges.

Shipping, shipbuilding, and timber trade as well as mining and ironworks were important branches of industry in Nedenæs county for many centuries, especially in the Arendal region. Frequent contacts with the world abroad put their mark on the local culture and traditions. In 1880, it was the country's biggest port in terms of tonnage handled. At the end of the 19th century, Arendal was recognized as a major shipping centre with many wealthy shipowners. However, this came to an end following the 1886 Arendal crash, in which Axel Nicolai Herlofson had defrauded many bank customers in the city, leading to bankruptcies and extreme unemployment. At one point in the middle of the 18th century, Arendal was one of Norway's biggest mining towns. The main production consisted of iron ore and magnetite.

Around the turn of the twentieth century, when thousands of Norwegians sought to take advantage of the more stable economic climate of the United States by emigrating, many of those from Arendal took their economic traditions with them. In New York City and the surrounding areas, a great deal of Americans who claim Norwegian ancestry can trace their roots to Arendal, as a great deal of Norwegian sailors, trimmers, shipbuilders, and carpenters from Arendal settled in areas of New York such as Brooklyn, Port Richmond (Staten Island), and several industrial centers in northern New Jersey such as Jersey City, Bayonne, Perth Amboy, and Elizabeth. In 1939, Arendal had the 4th largest Norwegian tanker fleet; only Oslo, Bergen, and Stavanger were larger.

During the German invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940, Arendal was captured by the German torpedo boat Greif.

Today, the town has small boat manufacturing, mechanical industry, electronics industry, as well as one of the world's largest silicon carbide refining plants.

The municipality had a prison (Arendal Prison), however Agder Prison opened in 2020; Arendal Prison was sold the next year.

Government

All municipalities in Norway, including Arendal, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor. The municipality falls under the Agder District Court and the Agder Court of Appeal.

Municipal council

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Arendal is made up of 39 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:

Arendal kommunestyre 2020–2023   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)5
 Green Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Pensioners' Party (Pensjonistpartiet)1
 Red Party (Rødt)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Healthcare Party (Helsepartiet)1
 Hove List (Hovelista)2
Total number of members:39
Arendal kommunestyre 2016–2019   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)6
 Green Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Pensioners' Party (Pensjonistpartiet)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:39
Arendal kommunestyre 2012–2015   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høyre)12
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Pensioners' Party (Pensjonistpartiet)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:39
Arendal kommunestyre 2008–2011   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)6
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Pensioners' Party (Pensjonistpartiet)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:39
Arendal kommunestyre 2004–2007   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)7
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Pensioners' Party (Pensjonistpartiet)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:39
Arendal kommunestyre 2000–2003   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)7
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Cross-party list (Tverrpolitisk liste)2
Total number of members:39
Arendal kommunestyre 1996–1999   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)16
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høyre)10
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Pensioners' Party (Pensjonistpartiet)5
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:53
Arendal kommunestyre 1992–1995   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)10
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Pensioners' Party (Pensjonistpartiet)9
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:53
Arendal kommunestyre 1988–1991   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)15
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
Total number of members:53
Arendal kommunestyre 1984–1987   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)18
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
Total number of members:53
Arendal kommunestyre 1980–1983   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)18
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)19
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)8
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
 Joint list of the Liberal People's Party (Liberale Folkepartiet)
and Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
2
Total number of members:53
Arendal kommunestyre 1976–1979   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)18
 Conservative Party (Høyre)16
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)10
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
 Joint list of the New People's Party (Nye Folkepartiet)
and Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
6
Total number of members:53
Arendal kommunestyre 1972–1975   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)23
 Conservative Party (Høyre)14
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)7
 Socialist common list (Venstresosialistiske felleslister)1
Total number of members:53
Arendal kommunestyre 1968–1971   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)23
 Conservative Party (Høyre)14
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Socialist People's Party (Sosialistisk Folkeparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)9
Total number of members:53
Arendal kommunestyre 1964–1967   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)25
 Conservative Party (Høyre)15
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)7
Total number of members:53
Arendal bystyre 1960–1963   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)23
 Conservative Party (Høyre)16
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)7
Total number of members:53
Arendal bystyre 1956–1959   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)24
 Conservative Party (Høyre)15
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
Total number of members:53
Arendal bystyre 1952–1955   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)22
 Conservative Party (Høyre)14
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)8
Total number of members:52
Arendal bystyre 1948–1951   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Conservative Party (Høyre)16
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)8
Total number of members:52
Arendal bystyre 1945–1947   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)24
 Conservative Party (Høyre)12
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)8
 Joint list of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and
the Radical People's Party (Radikale Folkepartiet)
5
Total number of members:52
Arendal bystyre 1938–1941*   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Temperance Party (Avholdspartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)19
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
Total number of members:52
Note: Due to the German occupation of Norway during World War II, no elections were held for new municipal councils until after the war ended in 1945.
Arendal bystyre 1935–1937   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)18
 Temperance Party (Avholdspartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høyre)19
 Nasjonal Samling Party (Nasjonal Samling)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
Total number of members:52
Arendal bystyre 1932–1934   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)14
 Temperance Party (Avholdspartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)24
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
Total number of members:52
Arendal bystyre 1929–1931   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Temperance Party (Avholdspartiet)11
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)26
Total number of members:52
Arendal bystyre 1926–1928   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Temperance Party (Avholdspartiet)12
 Social Democratic Labour Party
(Socialdemokratiske Arbeiderparti)
3
 Joint list of the Conservative Party (Høyre)
and the Free-minded Liberal Party (Frisinnede Venstre)
19
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)7
Total number of members:52
Arendal bystyre 1923–1925   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Temperance Party (Avholdspartiet)13
 Social Democratic Labour Party
(Socialdemokratiske Arbeiderparti)
3
 Joint list of the Conservative Party (Høyre)
and the Free-minded Liberal Party (Frisinnede Venstre)
17
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)3
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)6
Total number of members:52
Arendal bystyre 1920–1922   
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Temperance Party (Avholdspartiet)18
 Joint list of the Conservative Party (Høyre)
and the Free-minded Liberal Party (Frisinnede Venstre)
16
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)8
Total number of members:52

Geography

The municipality is bordered to the southwest by Grimstad, to the northwest by Froland, to the northeast by Tvedestrand, and to the southeast by the Skaggerak. The lake Rore is located on the Grimstad border along with the river Nidelva.

Arendal is the geologic type locality of the mineral Babingtonite, which was first described from specimens discovered here in 1824.

The coastal municipality includes several populated islands such as Hisøya, Tromøya, Merdø, Flostaøya, and Tverrdalsøya as well as many unpopulated or sparsely populated islands such as Ærøya. The island of Merdø was a major export port in the 17th and 18th centuries and now has a museum, a kiosk, and several beaches. There is regular boat service from Arendal to the island every day during the summer season.

Economy

In 2018 the service sector had 82% of the jobs in the municipality. As of 2020, part of the site for Eyde Energipark, an industrial park, has been leveled: 100 maal or 100,000 sq.m. has been leveled for the first phase of construction of a battery factory (for car batteries and ship batteries), scheduled for 2023.

Attractions

Lille Torungen Lighthouse
Strømsbo gård
The annual Norwegian Grand Prix for F1 Powerboat Racing is held at Arendal

Townscape

In the middle of the town centre of Arendal is an area with wooden houses dating back to the 17th century. This area is called Tyholmen, and is what is left of buildings from before the 19th century. The inner harbour of Arendal is called "Pollen", where the fish market, pubs, and restaurants are located. Trinity Church dominates the skyline of this area.

Arendal has grown from a traditional sleepy summer-town (with culture activities just in the summer) to a more "all year" city.[citation needed] The building of the new library and the combined city hall/concert house has greatly improved culture life.

Lighthouses

The Store Torungen Lighthouse is located on the island of Store Torungen outside Arendal. It was constructed in 1844 and electrified in 1914. It is 34.3 metres (113 ft) high and contains a 2nd order lens. It is reachable by a 55-minute boat trip from the town centre. The lighthouse is still in use.

The Lille Torungen Lighthouse is situated on the small island of Lille Torungen outside Arendal. The lighthouse is 28.9 metres (95 ft) high. Lille Torungen and Store Torungen were constructed as twin lighthouses, and both are located in the Arendal shipping lane.

The Sandvigodden Lighthouse is also located in Arendal.

Strømsbo gård

Strømsbo gård is a manor house on a historic farm located west of the center of Arendal. The manor dates from the 1760s. From 1804 the manor and farm were owned by members of the Herlofson family. Peter Herlofson took over the farm and gave the building its present form. In 1883, Axel Herlofsen (1845–1910) built the Strømsbo steam sawmill at the head of Strømsbubukt. Nicolai Benjamin Herlofson (1876–1945), former mayor of Arendal, was born and raised at Strømsbo.

Music festivals

  • Canal Street is Arendals yearly jazz and blues festival during the summer. It has been arranged since 1996, at that time by the name of Arendal Jazz and Blues Festival. The popularity of the arrangement has been steadily increasing.
  • From 2007 until 2014, the Hove Festival was located on the island of Tromøy just outside Arendal town. It was the largest festival scene in Norway the debut year, and it has an audience capacity of up to 25,000.

Transport

The European route E18 highway is a major transportation route through Arendal heading to Oslo in the northeast and Kristiansand to the southwest. Other main roads in Arendal include the Norwegian County Road 407, Norwegian County Road 408, and Norwegian County Road 410. The local railway line Arendalsbanen runs to Nelaug where it connects with the main Sørlandsbanen railway line, which runs between the cities of Oslo and Stavanger.

The Setesdal Bilruter (on behalf of public transit authority AKT) provides bus connections throughout the Arendal area, the Setesdal region including Froland, as well as to the neighboring towns of Grimstad, Lillesand and Kristiansand, and a handful of their suburbs and outlying villages. A few more destinations can be reached with other bus operators (namely Agder Buss, Nettbuss, Konkurrenten.no, and Lavprisekspressen), including places such as Risør, Tvedestrand, Oslo, and Stavanger. There is also a bus connection to Kristiansand Airport operated by Agder Flyekspress and Nettbuss express (the latter on behalf of Flybussen.no). Ferries run between the city center and the islands of Hisøya and Tromøya. Arendal does also have an airport, Arendal Airport, Gullknapp, although it does not have any commercial airlines regularly stopping here.

Healthcare

The municipality organises general practitioner services, such as the primary doctor scheme, accident and emergency departments, physiotherapy, public health centers and school medical services, home nursing care, midwifery services and nursing homes or living arrangements for around-the-clock nursing and care. Sørlandet Hospital has a visiting location in Arendal and offers specialist health services in somatics, psychiatry and addiction treatment.

Climate

The climate along the southern coast is temperate. Arendal has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true, even for the driest month. The climate here is classified as temperate oceanic (Cfb by the Köppen-Geiger system). The all-time low is from January 1942, and the all-time high is from June 1995. The average date for the last overnight freeze (low below 0 °C (32.0 °F)) in spring is 11 April and average date for first freeze in autumn is 17 November giving a frost-free season of 219 days (1981-2010 average for Torungen). The data is from Torungen, a coastal station. Only slighly further inland, the winters get colder and the summer days get warmer. With southeasterly airflow in winter, the area can get heavy snowfall, which can interrupt traffic. However, the snow rarely lasts long along the coast.

Climate data for Arendal 1991-2020 (12 m, Torungen lighthouse, precipitation days 1961-90, extremes 1877-2020)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.2
(54.0)
15.8
(60.4)
20.5
(68.9)
20.9
(69.6)
24.6
(76.3)
29.2
(84.6)
28.7
(83.7)
29
(84)
26.4
(79.5)
20.3
(68.5)
16.3
(61.3)
13.4
(56.1)
29.2
(84.6)
Average high °C (°F) 3.7
(38.7)
3.2
(37.8)
5.2
(41.4)
8.4
(47.1)
13.1
(55.6)
17.1
(62.8)
19.3
(66.7)
19.2
(66.6)
15.9
(60.6)
11.3
(52.3)
7.4
(45.3)
4.6
(40.3)
10.7
(51.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
1.1
(34.0)
2.7
(36.9)
5.8
(42.4)
10.4
(50.7)
14.2
(57.6)
16.6
(61.9)
16.6
(61.9)
13.5
(56.3)
9.2
(48.6)
5.4
(41.7)
2.6
(36.7)
8.3
(47.0)
Average low °C (°F) −0.3
(31.5)
−0.8
(30.6)
0.6
(33.1)
3.7
(38.7)
8
(46)
11.9
(53.4)
14.3
(57.7)
14.2
(57.6)
11.4
(52.5)
7.2
(45.0)
3.6
(38.5)
0.7
(33.3)
6.2
(43.2)
Record low °C (°F) −21.6
(−6.9)
−20.9
(−5.6)
−18.1
(−0.6)
−10.2
(13.6)
−2.3
(27.9)
2.6
(36.7)
7.5
(45.5)
6.1
(43.0)
1.9
(35.4)
−6.8
(19.8)
−12
(10)
−17.4
(0.7)
−21.6
(−6.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 86.5
(3.41)
60.6
(2.39)
56.5
(2.22)
48.1
(1.89)
59.5
(2.34)
68.2
(2.69)
61
(2.4)
87.9
(3.46)
88.2
(3.47)
116.9
(4.60)
113.1
(4.45)
93.2
(3.67)
939.7
(36.99)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 10 7 9 7 9 8 8 9 11 12 13 10 113
Source 1: Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Source 2: Meteostat 1991-2020


Climate data for Arendal 1961-1990
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.8
(35.2)
1.4
(34.5)
3.4
(38.1)
7.7
(45.9)
13.0
(55.4)
16.8
(62.2)
19.2
(66.6)
19.0
(66.2)
15.3
(59.5)
11.0
(51.8)
6.7
(44.1)
3.8
(38.8)
9.9
(49.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.4
(31.3)
−1.0
(30.2)
0.9
(33.6)
4.7
(40.5)
9.6
(49.3)
13.3
(55.9)
15.9
(60.6)
15.8
(60.4)
12.5
(54.5)
8.7
(47.7)
4.5
(40.1)
1.7
(35.1)
7.2
(45.0)
Average low °C (°F) −2.5
(27.5)
−3.4
(25.9)
−1.6
(29.1)
1.7
(35.1)
6.3
(43.3)
9.9
(49.8)
12.6
(54.7)
12.6
(54.7)
9.8
(49.6)
6.4
(43.5)
2.3
(36.1)
−0.3
(31.5)
4.5
(40.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 85
(3.3)
60
(2.4)
67
(2.6)
49
(1.9)
61
(2.4)
64
(2.5)
78
(3.1)
105
(4.1)
107
(4.2)
122
(4.8)
120
(4.7)
92
(3.6)
1,010
(39.6)
Source: Climate-Data.org

International relations

Twin towns — sister cities

Arendal has sister city agreements with the following places:

City Region Country
Árborg Iceland Southern Region  Iceland
Kalmar, coat of arms.svg Kalmar Kalmar länsvapen - Riksarkivet Sverige.png Kalmar County  Sweden
Mwanza Tanzania Mwanza Region  Tanzania
Coat of Arms of Rēzekne.svg Rēzekne Coat of arms of Latgale.svg Latgalia  Latvia
Savonlinna.vaakuna.svg Savonlinna Etelä-Savo.vaakuna.svg Southern Savonia  Finland
Coat of arms of Silkeborg.svg Silkeborg Region Midtjylland logo.jpg Central Denmark Region  Denmark

In fiction

The area around Arendal was the location for the 1997 Lille Lørdag series "Min drømmeserie" starring Harald Eia and Bård Tufte Johansen. The 2013 Disney film Frozen is set in a fictional kingdom named Arendelle, which is derived from and loosely based on the city of Arendal.

Notable residents

Lilly Bølviken, 1971
Hege Storhaug, 2017

Public service and public thinking

Arts

Karl Ove Knausgård, 2011

Sport

Marte Olsbu, 2016

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