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Luster kommune 
6868 Gaupne, Norway



Luster is situated in Western Norway, at the end of the Sognefjord, 200 km from the coastline of the North sea, and where Europe’s longest fjord meets 3 National Parks, Jostedalsbreen, Breheimen and Jotunheimen. Luster is one of the largest municipalities in Norway, 2.700

Luster kommune was in 2008 named Norway’s best municipality to live in by the business newspaper  Dagens Næringsliv. The award was based on statistical facts.

In 2010 Luster reached a population of 5000, for the first time since year 2000. We see many young people without any previous connections to the area settling here, helping create growth.
Many find jobs within Luster, and nearby Sogndal and Leikanger offer good jobs requiring university level education. Both public and private institutions are located in our neighbouring municipalities, like University College, Western Norway Research Center, County administration, Administration of public roads, Norwegian Welfare Administration, Norwegian Directorate for IT, and so on. That means that the many well educated young people can find attractive jobs.
The many communities of  Luster
Within the municipality of Luster there are many small communities. Gaupne is the center, with the administration, public services, and a range of private companies. Veitastrond has perhaps the best farmland in the area, especially famous for goatmilk products. Solvorn is one of the best preserved fjord villages, with small, wooden houses along the shoreline. Marifjøra was, like Solvorn, growing in times when the fjord was more important for communications than today. The wooden buildings are also here well preserved.
Luster is not only the name of the municipality, it is also the name of the populated area along road 55 towards the end of the Sognefjord. Here you find the old Dale stone church, the Fjordglas window factory, nursing home and a bakery.
Skjolden is the village at the end of the Sognefjord. A new cruiseport was opened here in 2010. Fortun with Hydro’s large power plants is also the startingpoint of the Sognefjell Mountain road, the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe.
In Ornes the Urnes Stave Church is the main attraction. The church is, as the oldest stave church, listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The valley Jostedalen, reaching 50 km from Gaupne to the north, is known as the glacier valley. The Jostedalsbreen glacier, the biggest in mainland Europe, has many outlets stretching down to Jostedalen. Nigardsbreen is the most famous of them, as it is easily accessible and anyone can join a guided walk on the blue ice during the summer season. Hafslo, with gentle hillsides and good farmland has a landscape more like eastern Norway. The lake at the bottom of the slopes is famous among anglers. The slopes are also ideal for skiing, and The Sogn Ski Center offer lifts and well prepared tracks.

Cultural traditions
Folk music and artistic activities has long traditions in Luster. The socalled National Romantic painters of the 19th century had their center in Kroken, where they gathered for expeditions into the wild nature of fjords, mountains and glaciers. Today the culture school gives the children excellent opportunities in many cultural activities.

Business and industry
Traditionally farming has been the main source of income in Luster, especially meat- and milk production. Though decreasing, farming is still important. Luster is the main supplier of mutton in the county Sogn og Fjordane. Strawberry and raspberry farming has good conditions in the Luster climate, and has become very important. Luster is today one of the main suppliers in the country.
The nature in Luster is very attractive to travellers. The Travel industry is important, with hotels, guest houses, campsites and cabins. Good activity companies with outdoor exploration on glaciers and mountains in the many National Parks have made the nature easier accessible for most travellers.
Hydropower production started early in Luster, and the total production from Statkraft Energi plants and Hydro Energi plants is today more than 720 MW from plants in Jostedalen and Fortun.
In Gaupne there are several industrial and servise related companies. The biggest private company in Luster is Avery Denison NTP AS, developing and producing transfers for the clothing industry worldwide.

Luster Municipality is allocating resources into developing the community and plays an active role in creating new industry and services. Entrepreneurs will be helped by good infrastructure and also benefit financially from the Business Development Fund created from the many hydro power projects in Luster.

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Luster kommune
6868 Gaupne

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Fax: 57 68 55 01


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