Aust-Agder

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Aust-Agder

(oust'-äg`dər), county (1995 pop. 99,585), 3,610 sq mi (9,350 sq km), S Norway, bordering on the Skagerrak in the east. Arendal is the capital. The SetesdalSetesdal
, narrow valley, S Norway, in Aust-Agder co. It is drained by the Otra River (150 mi/241 km long) and contains several lakes. Communication with the rest of the country has, until recently, been difficult; as a result the Setesdalers have retained their ancient dress,
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 comprises the county's northern section. The Otra is the main river. Major industries include forestry, shipping, agriculture, tourism, and mining (nickel and iron). The county was formerly called Nedenes.
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