Grimstad is a town and municipality in the county of Aust-Agder, Norway and belongs to the geographical region of Sørlandet. Grimstad municipality covers an area of 304 square kilometres, and has a 25 kilometres long coastline.
Grimstad is the largest agricultural municipality in Southern Norway. The municipality also hosts several shipping and offshore related companies, an active coastal fishing fleet and several international high technology firms, including IT and telecoms businesses. The University of Agder opened the country’s most modern campus in the autumn of 2010.
Norway has three levels of government. The central government and Parliament at national level, the county authorities (fylkeskommune) at regional level, and the municipalities at local level.
The municipalities are responsible for day care facilities, child welfare, primary and secondary schools, public libraries, primary health care, care for the elderly and disabled, fire departments, harbours, municipal roads, water supply, sewerage, garbage collection and disposal, organisation of land use within the municipality e.g. the laying out of land for industrial or commercial use, or housing.