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World Heritage

In 2015 came Notodden-Rjukan on UNESCOs world heritage list due to the industrial adventure that Hydro started in Notodden in 1905, with the world's first succesful industrial production of fertilizer.


Tinfos power plant produced a lot of electricity already in 1901. This was the reason that the founder of Hydro, Sam Eyde, focused his efforts in Notodden and started a factory for fertilizer in 1905. Since then production has spread to Rjukan, Porsgrunn and many other places.


The first years of production was the canal absolutely vital in this success. When Sam Eyde convinced french businessmen to invest in Notodden, he pitched Notodden as a coastal city. The canal was vital for both the build of the industrial facilities in Notodden, but also for export of merchandise. The movie "Waterway to world heritage" tells about the important of the Telemark Canal for the world heritage.


In correspondence with the industrial revolution in Notodden, the city followed suit. With important housing facilities for workers and functionaries, Notodden was improved and felt like built anew. Sam Eyde wrote in his memoires that comraderie and trust were the pillars that this revolution was built upon.


There are many hints of this industrial revolution in Notodden today. Go hiking in the world heritage, or visit Lysbuen to revisit the exciting story of how this all happened.

Read more about Notodden and the world heritage on Visit Notoddens website.

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