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Forde is the head of the Førde fjord in the west Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane, and is surrounded by high mountains. The population is around. 12000 (2009), and city status was achieved in 1997.
Forde is set in very scenic surroundings at the mouth of the river Jølstra, which has its origins in Jølstravatnet – and opportunities for diverse outdoor recreation and nature experiences are very good. The center is also characterized by the fact that the city has experienced a rapid growth in recent years – and is dominated by large department stores.
Among the sights of the city to the interior of the church Forde (1885) mentioned. There are in fact several stunning pieces that are much older than the church. The altarpiece from 1642 is considered one of the finest sacred works from the Baroque period. The pulpit and several paintings from the 1600s. Even older history can experience a little outside the center, where Vie Viking burial mounds is a popular destination. In addition, Bruland farm – a listed building, typical of western civil servant farm approx. 1750 – worth a visit.
Forde has invested heavily in arts and culture, and from the so-called “exhibition space” in the center extends the longest stone sculpture in the 65 meters in length down to Jølstra. It’s called “salmon” and are made by the Danish artist Jørn Ronnau. Nearby stands a sculpture depicting the distinctive Forde artist Oddvar Torsheim. Førde most important buildings are Førdehuset (1976), such as includes a swimming pool w / waterslide, County Library, concert hall, art gallery, artist studios and stage of Sogn og Fjordane Teater.Mention must also Sogn og Last year Danes Art Museum is located in Førde.
The biggest event in town is Forde international folk music festival – the largest of its kind – which takes place every year in July.
The Regional Airport Førde Airport – Bringeland have regular routes to Bergen (Flesland) and Oslo (Gardermoen), and is located 12 miles southwest of downtown.