split into several smaller units and partly sold to private investors. Culture Kongsberg Church Tinius Olsens School Kongsberg With the population increase during the town's silver mining heyday of the mid-sixteenth century came the need for a new church, which was built over a period 21 years and inaugurated in 1761. Kongsberg Jazzfestival gr av stabelen i uke 27 hvert. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Kongsberg. Of these, the two first lie in Buskerud county like Kongsberg, while Hof and Lardal lie in Vestfold, and the others lie in Telemark. Today, the separate firms thrive as one of Norway's main high-tech industrial clusters, centering on the defence and maritime company Kongsberg Gruppen which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
During peaceful times, the defense industry gradually evolved into many other kinds of high tech activities as well, now dominating the town's employment. In 1987, however, the state-owned Kongsberg Vaapenfabrikk ( English : Kongsberg Weapons Factory ) suffered a major financial crisis as well as accusations of breaching the CoCom rules by selling sensitive technology to the Soviet bloc. In 1770, the mines employed about 4,000 workers, and the town was the second largest in Norway, after Bergen (and thus larger than today's capital, Oslo ). The church's original baroque-era pipe organ, made by renowned German organ builder Gottfried Heinrich Gloger in 176065, was fully restored by Jürgen Ahrend in and reopened to great fanfare in January 2001. Inventor of the modern ski binding, Norwegian-American skier and Olympic skiing coach Hjalmar Hvam, was born in Kongsberg in 1902.
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