Fair Mela, Handicrafts

On the east side of Oslofjord 2km before the Swedish border a road branches off on the left to Halden. The town, well-known from 1665 to 1927 as Frederikshald, withstood numerous attacks by the Swedes and after suffering severe damage in a blaze was reconstructed on a regular plan in 1826. It has a diversity of industries, counting chiefly woodworking, and is an imperative center of the lumber trade in eastern Norway. Halden has a distinguished music culture with regular concerts featuring a diversity of artists and orchestras. Outdoor concerts are also well-liked during the summer months. The township of Halden hosts copious festivals such as the Wooden Boat Festival in July and a Croquet Festival in August.

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