The town of Haugesund dates back to Viking times, but is today looked upon as young and vibrant and as one of Norway’s most popular congress and festival towns, the Norwegian Film Festival being the standout event. The town is buzzing with life day and night throughout the summer.
The population of Haugesund is only 36,538 people, but the town is the regional centre for approximately 160,000 people. This is one of the reasons that there is a lot to offer in the fields of culture, commerce and services in the town. This also allows Haugesund to offer a variety of goods and services that are usually found in far bigger towns. As such, it is a huge shopping hub, attracting huge crowds to its commercial streets and shopping malls.