The Kristiansand region has a long and proud industrial tradition and varied trade and industry. Strong centres of expertise, trade and industry clusters and businesses have developed world-class, high-tech solutions and built up an expertise that few can match.
The Kristiansand region is amongst the national leaders within renewable energy. Where large, natural hydroelectric power resources, a leading energy company and pioneering solar power industry provide opportunities for innovation and sustainable economic growth for the future.
The region has a long tradition of international trade, and is in a unique position when it concerns the export of a world leading offshore industry and a strategic location in relation to Europe.
Close collaboration between the university, trade and industry, public sector activities and cultural life strengthen a vital entrepreneurial environment, innovation and competence development, among other things, within green technology, ICT, culture and welfare.
The Kristiansand region is nearest to the continent, and has a well developed harbour and regional airport with good connections to nodes in Norway and Europe. Kristiansand airport Kjevik makes the travel time to important cities in Norway and Europe shorter, and annually there are about 1 000 000 trips that start or finish at Kjevik.
Kristiansand is connected to the railway line from Stavanger to Oslo, which provides opportunities for both goods and passenger traffic both eastwards and westwards. Annually, in excess of 1.3 million personal trips are taken over Skagerak, and in total just over 400 000 tonnes of goods were loaded and unloaded in 2014.