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Trip Planner Europe  /  Norway  /  Southern Norway  /  Aust-Agder  /  Grimstad
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Things to do: historic sites, beaches, museums
Grimstad is a town and municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It belongs to the geographical region of Sørlandet. The administrative center of the municipality is the town of Grimstad. Other notable places in Grimstad include Eide, Fevik, Fjære, Landvik, Prestegårdskogen, Reddal, and Roresanden.It is a little maritime town set among many small islands. There is a harbor, a long pedestrian shopping street, a small market square, a church, and a museum dedicated to the early life of Henrik Ibsen, who served as an apprentice to Grimstad’s local pharmacist Reimann, from 1844 to 1847, before leaving Grimstad in 1850. Ibsen's intimate knowledge of the local people and surroundings can be seen in his poem Terje Vigen.General informationThe town of Grimstad was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 . On 1 January 1878, part of the neighboring municipality of Fjære was transferred to Grimstad. Again, on 1 January 1960, another part of Fjære was transferred to Grimstad. Finally, on 1 January 1971, the rural municipalities of Fjære and Landvik were merged into the town of Grimstad to form a significantly larger municipality with a total population of 11,764 at the time of the merger.
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