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Forbundet KYSTEN – The Coastal Federation

A federation for the use and preservation of historical vessels, coastal culture and maritime heritage.

Mission statement

The Norwegian Coastal Federation (Forbundet KYSTEN) is an organisation dedicated to the preservation of Norwegian coastal culture. Its mission – in cooperation with other preservers of cultural interests – is to strengthen our identity as a coastal nation, including: 

Promoting the preservation and general use of traditional vessels, buildings, and coastal heritage. 

Conducting informational activities aimed at increasing awareness of the value of the human and cultural traditions that make up our coastal history. 

Maintaining and developing traditions within intangible maritime heritage and handicrafts. 

Enhancing the professional expertise concerning the maintenance and safety related to use of historic and traditional vessels. 

About Forbundet KYSTEN
The federation Forbundet KYSTEN was founded in 1979. At the end of 2014, the Association have about
10 000 members througout Norway and abroad and 126 local branches. The object of the Association is to work to strengthen our identity as a coastal people, to maintain, transfer and develop traditional knowledge and practical learning (crafts, seamanship etc.) and to improve the standards of protection of our coastal culture. The local branches rally people from their communities to restore or build replicas of boats that are representative of the particular areas heritage. The original intent was to fix or build boats. But the focus has evolved. The scope of its activities has widened constantly. Working with the local character of a given area, the most ambitous of the local branches strive to create nothing less than coastal cultural centers, where one can go to experience the very foundations of the coastal community; the food, the work – the life. And the center of it all, the boats.

Preservation of protected lighthouses is a vital part of our activity as well.

Forbundet KYSTEN –

Adress: Øvre Slottsgate 2B, NO-0157 Oslo

Phone: 0047 22424282, e-mail: