PORSGRUNN IN OUR HEARTS
Our history, combined with our track record within technology and export, creates excellent conditions for job creation and a brilliant living environment.
Businesses have established along our rivers and coastline, targeting external export markets, which has in turn given us influences from many countries.
We aim to be an attractive municipality where employees help resolve the challenges that you face, regardless of whether that is establishing a new business, building or living in Porsgrunn. Children need safe environments. We hope that major investment into the construction of new schools and varied leisure and culture activities promote wellbeing and quality of life. 36,000 people have chosen to make their home here. Together, we are Porsgrunn.
The people of Porsgrunn are special, and we are proud of our town. The sense of local patriotism is strong here. "We live for your wellbeing". This is easy to see. There is something here to suit everyone!
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The town of Porsgrunn takes its name after the bog myrtle, or 'pors' in Norwegian. This deciduous, highly scented shrub grows knee-high or higher and tends to be found in marshlands near the coast. Historically, the bog myrtle was used to season beer for a bitter flavour and its leaves and stalks added to straw bedding to deter bed bugs. Bog myrtle infusions were used to treat scabies and wounds. Today, extracts of the plant are used in some alcoholic drinks found in Vinmonopolet.
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Mayor: Robin Kåss (Ap)
Deputy mayor: Janicke Andreassen (Ap)
Committee chair for health and care: Heidi Gjøsæter (Ap)
Committee chair for education and children: Anders Rambekk (KrF)
Committee chair for environment and town planning: Trond Ingebretsen (Ap)
HEADS OF VARIOUS COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
Head of the collaboration committee for the disabled: Ragnar Anundsen (Ap)
Head of Porsgrunn's sports council: Kjetil Fosse
Head of the council for the elderly: Hans Martin Gullhaug (Ap)
Head of the multicultural committee: Merete Sjølie Pedersen (Ap)
Head of the Youth committee: Kamilla Mathea Mogstad
Head of the Audit committee: Erik Bystrøm (H)
Municipal Chief Executive: Per Wold
Municipal Executive for health and care: Aud Fleten
Municipal Executive for education and children: Tollef Stensrud
Municipal Executive for environment and town planning: Øistein Brinck