|— Region (landsdel) —|
|• Total||16,434 km2 (6,345 sq mi)|
|• Density||17/km2 ( 44/sq mi)|
|Source: Statistics Norway .|
Southern Norway (Norwegian: Sørlandet) (lit. "southern land") is the name of the geographical region (landsdel) of the Skagerrak coast of southern Norway consisting of the two counties of Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder. The total combined area of Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder is 16,493 square kilometres (6,368 sq mi).3
The name and modern concept of this part of the country considered as a separate region, was introduced as late as 1902 by the local author Vilhelm Krag. Before this, the area was considered part of Western Norway. Southern Norway coincides roughly with the historic petty kingdom of Agder. The University of Agder is named after this historic name.
In the Middle Ages, the easternmost border of the Agder region was Rygjarbit4 right north or south of today's Risør.
About 80% of the population of the two counties live along the coast, which has the warmest climate as well as offering quick access to the rich fishing grounds and maritime roads of the Skagerrak. The coastal towns of Southern Norway, from west to east, are:
Kirkehavn on Hidra, Vest-Agder, Norway
In southern Norway are a number of smaller inland municipalities. Key industries are forestry, agriculture and tourism. There are also popular ski resorts like Hovden in the valley of Setesdal and Bortelid in Åseral municipality.
- Southern Norway
- Visit Sørlandet
- University of Agder
- Tonal characteristics of some varieties of spoken South Norwegian.