Stavanger is a city and municipality in Norway. It is the third largest city (population 132,729 in 2017) and metropolitan area in Norway (through conurbation with neighbouring Sandnes) and the administrative centre of Rogaland County.
Stavanger is a University City and home to a number of institutions of higher education and research.
Since 1969 when the first oil field was discovered at Ekofisk in the North Sea, the Stavanger Region has been a key player in the Norwegian economy. Today, Stavanger and Sandnes is Europe’s oil and energy capital and the main source of income for the locals comes from working in the petroleum sector.
Engineering is now the main industry with 59 percent of manufacturing employment. This is mostly related to the offshore petroleum industry, and production of oil platforms alone account for 40 percent.