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About this sound Kristiansand (help·info)[2] (formerly Christianssand) is a city, municipality and the county capital of Vest-Agder county in Southern Norway. Kristiansand municipality is the 5th largest in Norway with a population of 82,562 as of 1 April 2011.

Kristiansand and the Agder counties usually have a lot of summer sunshine compared to most of Norway. There may be heavy snowfall in winter with south-southeasterly winds (snow record at Kjevik is 170 cm), but the snow rarely stays long at the coast; see climate.

In the summer most locals go to the Fish Market, the Archipelago and Hamresanden Beach which is located near Kjevik airport (about 10 mins from the city centre). People from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the UK and other European countries also visit this beach in the summer during their travels.

Near the city, there are deep woods. In Baneheia and at the previous Coastal artillery Fortress Odderøya, there are lighted ski trails and walking paths specially prepared for Wheelchair users.

Two major rivers, Otra and Tovdalselva have the river mouths into Skagerak in Kristiansand.

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