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Panorama picture from Farsund Municipality in Norway


The municipality of Farsund has approximately 9.200 inhabitants. Shipping, fishing and agriculture have been the main industries in the area. Farsund is the largest agricultural district in the county of Vest-Agder, having 26 km2 productive land, 88 km2 forest and 17 km2 freshwater areas. Farsund was already recognized as a trading centre in 1795, and in 1995 celebrated its 200-years jubilee with town status.

The numerous stone fences and clearings are the most characteristic features of the agricultural landscape of Western Lista. The number, size and density of these testify to the hard labour involved in clearing this land. For thousands of years Lista farmers have regularly burnt off the undergrowth of the pastures each spring to give good growing conditions for grass. The method is still in use on the hill between Jølle and Rudjord.