The Telemark region

The Telemark region is one of the greenest industrial regions in the world. Our long industrial history and strong industrial infrastructure have contributed to this.


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There are several attractive sites that are both, close to the sea and fully regulated.

In addition, several areas are under development in the region.

We have made an overview of some key players and areas of interest here.

Vestfold and Telemark are among the country’s largest industrial counties. Both have a rich and diverse resource base.

Grenland has Norway’s largest industrial area and boasts world-class expertise in the petrochemical industry. The area possesses significant engineering expertise related to the university and industry. It holds many trade certificates / skilled knowledge, and a large workforce with a broad knowledge base. There is also shift work 365 days a year in several companies.

Vestfold and Telemark has environmental advantages and resources, expertise and excellent companies that mean that we are well positioned to contribute both to meeting future energy needs by scaling up the circular economy in industry, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the industry cluster Industrial Green Tech, the industry is working to achieve the goal of becoming «the world’s first climate-positive industrial region» by 2040.

Vestfold and Telemark is a strong industrial region with world-class technology. The region already has a high level of R&D activity in the business sector. There are close links between the University of Southeast Norway, the industrial sector  and the rest of the business community.

There are great opportunities in connecting strong professional environments in the triangle area of Notodden / Kongsberg -Horten-Grenland.

There are also excellent pilot opportunities in the region through Pilotarena Herøya. Here, Herøya Industrial Park delivers a complete pilot-package for successful upscaling.

The Telemark region is one of Norway’s largest producers of clean renewable energy through the production of hydropower. As of today, the region has a surplus supply of stable renewable power.

The region and the industrial parks in particular have a strong industrial infrastructure with:

• highly specialised ports including fully intermodal general cargo port
• ferry connections to Denmark, both from Brevik and Larvik
• two-way railway network with good connections to Oslo and a planned connection between the Sørlandsbanen and Vestfoldbanen
good road connections to both Oslo and the south (Sørlandet)
• Sandefjord Torp International Airport

The route across the Skagerak sea to Europe is a short trip. Both the Port of Larvik and the Port of Grenland have ferry connections to Denmark.

Sandefjord Torp International Airport is easily accessible for the whole county.

A 4-lane motorway and a new railway to Oslo and Sørlandet will be completed in just a few years.

Vestfold and Telemark has a wide range of suppliers to the process industry. In the region, offshore and to other land-based industry in Norway and the world.

Here you will find all types of suppliers from the small and specialised to large international companies such as: ABB, Siemens, Emerson, Sweco and Bilfinger.

Vestfold and Telemark has strong and engaged bodies of support and a generous seed fund.  Institutions that can provide support and guidance in connection with new establishments include:

  • Innovasjon Norge
  • Forskningsrådet
  • Proventia
  • Vekst i Grenland


  • Area (km2): 17,465.92
  • 23 municipalities
  • Population: 422,000
  • The largest urban region is Grenland with 122,075 inhabitants
  • Vestfold and Telemark is a county that has shown continually better relocation figures than expected. This is especially true of the last four years.
  • Vestfold and Telemark is an attractive place to live.
  • Close proximity to Oslo and the south of Norway
  • Sandefjord Torp International Airport
  • Larvik Harbor and Grenland Harbor

The business structure in Telemark is reflected in its historical development. It has been characterised by its raw material-based process industry and other primary industries. With Grenland at the forefront, we have over 100 years of experience in industry, development and innovation. New industry, both industrial and those with a high degree of innovation are growing and contributing to a modern business structure throughout the county. Grenland is today Norway’s largest industrial area and center for the petrochemical industry.

Figuren viser lokaliseringskvotientene til de ulike bransjene i Vestfold og Telemark. Bransjer med lokaliseringskvotient over 1 er bransjer som Vestfold og Telemark har relativt mye av. Vi kan også se hvilken lokaliseringskvotient bransjen hadde i 2009 i de grå søylene. 

Bransjer som Vestfold og Telemark har relativt mye av er prosessindustri, øvrig verkstedindustri, el-produksjon, landbruk, anna industri, butikkhandel, bygg og anlegg, helsetjenester og barnehager og undervisning.

Kilde: Knut Vareide, Telemarksforskning (2019)


• 198,929

Source: Statistics Norway 07984: 

Employed persons per 4th quarter, by industry (SN2007), sex, age, statistical variable, year and region

In Vestfold and Telemark, almost 10% of those employed are in industrial work.

Source: Mitt og ditt Vestfold og Telemark


• 3.5% Source:

Kilde: Mitt og ditt Vestfold og Telemark


Establishment frequency in Vestfold and Telemark and Norway:

Establishment frequency is the number of companies that are newly registered per year as a percentage of the number of already existing companies from the beginning of that year. The establishment frequency indicates whether there are greater or fewer new establishments in relation to the number of existing companies.

We can see how establishment frequency has been developing since 2009 in Vestfold and Telemark and Norway in the figure. The establishment frequency in Norway was artificially high in 2013 due to technical registration conditions in the unit register. In recent years, the establishment frequency has been between 12 and 15 percent.

Source: Knut Vareide, Telemark Research (2019)

Value creation in Vestfold and Telemark:

The total value creation in the business community in Vestfold and Telemark is shown as a share of value creation in Norway. Three industries, oil extraction, finance and agriculture are omitted in these calculations. In the transport industry, we have disregarded companies in foreign shipping.

From 2008 to 2014, the share of Vestfold and Telemark fell sharply. Since 2014, the share has increased again. This means that the business community in Vestfold and Telemark has had better growth in value creation than the business community elsewhere in the country since 2014.

If we look at the actual growth in 2019, Drangedal and Hjartdal has shown the strongest growth in business value creation this year. Sandefjord and Horten also experienced strong growth in value creation in 2019.

Source: Knut Vareide, Telemark Research (2019)

Productivity in business:

The figure shows the development in productivity in the business sector in Vestfold and Telemark and Norway from 2008 to 2019. Four industries have been excluded from the calculations. They are, oil extraction, finance, agriculture and foreign shipping.

In 2019, values ​​were created for 680,555NOK per employee in the business community in Vestfold and Telemark.

Productivity in the region is increasing and Porsgrunn is one of the municipalities with the highest productivity in the last decade.

The process industry is more productive in Vestfold and Telemark than elsewhere in the country.

Source: Knut Vareide, Telemark Research (2019)

Vestfold and Telemark have high greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from industry and road traffic, which account for 70% and 13% of the emissions, respectively.

Total greenhouse gas emissions in Vestfold and Telemark decreased by 0.55% from 2018 to 2019 to 4.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents. The industry accounted for 69% of the total emissions in Vestfold and Telemark in 2019.

Vestfold and Telemark county municipalities have set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030.

The average (yearly?) decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from 2009–2018 was 22,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents per year. To achieve the county’s goal of a 60% emission reduction by 2030, emissions must be reduced by 212,000 tonnes per year. This requires an adjustment to a society where increased value creation goes hand in hand with higher resource productivity and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

In September 2020, the government recommended launching Norways project for capture and storage of CO2 (CCS). This project has been named Langskip, and involves, among other things, funds for a carbon capture plant at Norcem in Brevik. This puts the region in a unique position to solve national and global climate challenges through climate technology.

Source: Mitt og ditt Vestfold og Telemark

A selection of businesses in the Telemark region

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Bedrifter på Herøya

Bedrifter i Powerhouse

Sirkulær økonomi i praksis

Odds Ballklubb

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Norges mest miljøvennlige fotballklubb

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Bjorstaddalen Avfallsanlegg AS

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Herøya Industripark


Greve Biogass AS

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Gjenvinning av matavfall til ny mat


Grenland Havn IKS

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Vistin Pharma

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Satser på dobling

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Aaltvedt AS

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Bærekraftig betong

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Norsep AS

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Vil gjenvinne mer avfall

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Norner AS

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Akselererer gjenvinning av plast

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Holte AS

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Gårdsdrift med sirkulærøkonomi i fokus

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Les artikler om Powerhouse:

Powerhouse Telemark, den grønne diamanten

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Skagerak Varme

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Spillressurser satt i system

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Porsgrunn Utvikling

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Grenland Næringsforening

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Sparebank 1 Sørøst-Norge

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Fremtidens bank er grønn

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