Chapter I

The Beginning
1814 - 1890

Strategic importance

1814 was a defining year for Norway. The nation penned its constitution - a crucial step towards independence - and the Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk, one of the country´s first industrialised factories, was established. The simultaneous birth of the two interlocked their futures; as the country strived towards complete independence, served and supported by its defence company.

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The founder

Poul Steenstrup was a visionary. He combined technical understanding with national pride and determination. On 20 March 1814 he established Norway's first factory - Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk - before representing Kongsberg at the constitution assembly in Eidsvoll in May. He believed industrial progress and nation building went hand in hand.

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MARITIME COMMUNITY
AT HORTEN

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THE ROYAL NORWEGIAN
MINING ACADEMY

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The art of engineering

Kongsberg’s mining traditions, established over several centuries, provided the perfect foundations to build a knowledge-based business on. Kongsberg’s Royal Norwegian Mining Academy (1757-1814), gave its students (like Steenstrup) a world class education in the fields of mechanics, chemistry and mathematics. KONGSBERG thrived from the outset, exploiting and expanding the local talent base, while developing entirely new sets of skills and innovative products.

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POUL STEENSTRUP

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MAKING WAVES IN HORTEN

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SILVER MINES

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THE MINING ACADEMY

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1824 - 1842 Frederik Meyn

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1842 - 1854 Captain Peder Christian Holst

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1854 - 1880 Lieutenant-Colonel Jens Landmark

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