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Notodden

Notodden

Notodden, town (1995 pop. 12,169), Telemark co., SE Norway. The world's first nitrate factory was built there in 1905. Today, the town also has paper mills, iron foundries, and several large hydroelectric stations. Nearby at Hedal is the largest Norwegian stave church (c.1250).
is a city and municipality in the county of Telemark, Norway.

Notodden was separated from Heddal as a city, and a municipality of its own, in 1913. The rural municipalities of Heddal and Gransherad were merged with Notodden January 1, 1964.

Norsk Hydro was founded in this town. Norway's biggest stave church Heddal stave church can be seen a few kilometres from the town centre.

Notodden Airport, Tuven, is located west of the city centre.

Notodden is famous for the annual Notodden Blues Festival, which is considered one of the best blues festivals in Europe, but they also have a famous metal festival called Motstøy Festivalen.

The name

The first element of the name is not f 'seine (fishing)', the last element is the finite form of odde m 'headland'. The meaning is 'the fishing place'.

Famous residents

Notodden is also the hometown of Norway's fine organist Kåre Nordstoga, the internationally known author Hans Herbjørnsrud, born in Heddal and the Hardanger fiddlemaker Olav Gunnarsson Helland (1875 - 1939), by many considered the finest in the twentieth century. Composer Klaus Egge, born 1906 in Gransherad also lived in Notodden.

American bluesman Seasick Steve, who is achieving fame in the UK, currently resides in Notodden.

Also, one of the most influential Norwegian black metal bands, Emperor, comes from Notodden, as does Mortiis, Mind Grinder and Zyklon. There are also several other bands, for example the intergalactic rockband "X-Queen of the Astronauts".

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