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Halden is a town and municipality in the county of Ostfold, Norway. The city of Halden (until 1928 named Fredrikshald) was established as a municipality January 1, 1838. The rural municipalities of Berg and Idd were merged with Halden January 1, 1967. Halden is located on the Iddefjord, at the delta of the river Tista. The fjord represents the southern-most border between Norway and Sweden. The political situation in Halden has become infamous in Norway for conflicts between individual politicians and between local political parties. A series of controversial decisions by prominent local politicians, often rooted in personal interests, has resulted in a general distrust of politicians by the population of Halden. Halden's slogan is Halden, IT- og Miljøbyen (Halden, IT and Environment City). During the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, Halden was infamous for high levels of industrial pollution, largely originating from the Saugbrugs paper mill (part of Norske Skog since 1989).

As a result of projects initiated by both Norske Skog-Saugbrugs and the city authorities, the polluted fjords and rivers of Halden have been cleaned up and the city was dubbed Norway's Environment City in 1996. Halden is surrounded by forests and water so hiking and fishing locations can easily be found. Deer and elk are a common sight, and wolves have also been observed in the district along the border with Sweden. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, wild cranberries, and many varieties of mushroom can be found in the woods in the early autumn. Popular destinations for hikers and other nature lovers include Prestebakke and Kornsjø. Halden has a rich musical life with regular concerts from local, national and international artists and orchestras. During the summer months, outdoor concerts are frequently held at the fortress while the local churches, pubs, and student union are regular venues for indoor concerts.

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