is a city and municipality in Telemark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Skien.
Skien is also the administrative centre of Telemark county.
Skien is one of Norway's oldest cities, with an urban history dating back to the Middle Ages, and received privileges as a market town in 1358.
From the 15th century, the city was governed by a 12-member council.
Kapitelberget was a private chapel on Bratsberg farm dating to the early 1100s.
It is not known when the church went out of use, but Bratsberg farm burned down in 1156.
The differences between the seal and the present arms are that in the arms the cross is placed on top of the skis and the star is changed from a four-pointed star to a six-pointed star, and that the cross is made of ski-poles.
The colours are the colours that have been used since the 19th century.
The garden was laid out in English landscape style in the 1850s.
The Church on Kapitelberget (Kirken på Kapitelberget) was a medieval church.
The skis are a semi-canting element (based on a misunderstanding of the meaning of the town's name) and the cross is a religious symbol.
There have been several theories about the meaning of the cross, but its meaning is not clearly known.