Kristiansand is a small place where the innhabitans feels related to eachother.
In 2000 a terrible incident happened in Baneheia, a small place in Kristiansand. To girls,8 and 10 years old were found raped and killed inside the wood of baneheia. The day the girls were burried was an official murning day for the Kristiansand people, and the city stood absolutely still for several hours in respect for the little girls.
The murders were sentenced to prison for 19 and 21 years ( more information about Norwegian court system here )
I think this tragedy always will affect the people living there. Especially when the murders get permission from the jail. The people of Kristiansand don't want to see them again.
The mother of one of the girls Stine Sofie is the founder of a foundiaton to secure the kids safety aginst sexual abuse
This painting was made 30 years before the tragedy of Baneheia, but I cant associate anything else than tragedy when I look at the painting.
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Ohhhh, this is a conservative stretch of Norway.... This is materializing itself as strict liquor laws, many "bedehus" (prayer houses") and churches, a conservative twang in politics and strong presence of the Norwegian Christian Democratic Party in local politics and culture. It is indeed a strong cultural factor. However, this also breeds a counter culture, which is quite evident in festivals and cultral "pockets". As a traveller you will not encounter much of the practicalities of this conservativism - if anything, the difficulity in purchasing alcohol...