Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Christiansand, a fortified port of Norway on a fjord opening into the Skaggerack. It is surrounded on three sides by water, and possesses a fine harbour, protected by the fort of Frederichsholm. The Gothic cathedral is a handsome building; the streets are wide and regular, and the houses are mostly of wood. It is the seat of a provincial governor and a bishop, and serves as a naval station. Tanning, brewing, dyeing, and shipbuilding are the chief industries; and the exports include sea-fish, salmon and lobsters (fresh and tinned), timber, pitch, skins, copper, and iron. The British occupied the place in 1807.