HAUGESUND, a seaport of Norway in Stavanger ami (county), on the west coast, 34 m. N. by W. of Stavanger. Pop. (1900), 7935. It is an important fishing centre. Herrings are exported to the annual value of 100,000 to 200,000, also mackerel and lobsters. The principal imports are coal and salt. There are factories for woollen goods and a margarine factory. Haugesund is the reputed death-place of Harald Haarfager, to whpm an obelisk of red granite was erected in 1872 on the thousandth anniversary of his victory at the Hafsfjord (near Stavanger) whereby he won the sovereignty of Norway. The memorial stands ij m. north of the town, on the Haraldshaug, where the hero's supposed tombstone is shown.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)