Ann-Louise Roald
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Roald Family -
our little family
of four

Kongsberg, Norway

In 1997 we moved to Kongsberg, which continues to be our home. It's a fairly small town with a population of a little over 25,000. Kongsberg has a rich history, and is particularly known for its silver mines dating back to 1623 and lasting until 1957. After silver output started to decline, mining was complimented by the government establishing a defense industry in 1814. In 1987, the state-owned Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk (English: Kongsberg Weapons Factory) fell on hard times and was eventually spilt into several smaller units and sold partly to private investors. Today, the separate firms thrive as one of Norway's main high-tech industrial clusters, centering on the defence and maritime company Kongsberg Gruppen (KOG). As of March 2018, KOG consists of three business areas: Kongsberg Defence Systems, Kongsberg Maritime and Kongsberg Digital. Bjørn is a systems engineer for Kongsberg Defence Systems, while Ann-Louise works at Kongsberg Maritime.

Kongsberg is also rich in culture, with Kongsberg Church being one of the main focal points. Although there are many concerts and other cultural events throughout the year, the annual jazz festival, Kongsberg Jazzfestival, is definitely one of the highlights of the year.