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Panorama picture from Skien Municipality in Norway


Skien is the capital of Telemark by virtue of being the oldest and largest town. Skien's history goes back to the 9th century. The town is situated where the vast quantities of water from the Hardangervidda plateau flow into the Skiensfjorden.

This was a natural staging post for goods en route for the hinterland, and an equally natural place for inland products to be collected and then shipped out. The timber trade was important to the commerce of the town and Skien was, for a time, Norway's biggest lumber town.