Vestlandsforsking is an assignment-based research institute. The institute is organised as a foundation and was established on 6 March 1985. Sogn and Fjordane county municipality was the formal founder. The institute is located in Sogndal, by the Sognefjord in the western part of Norway. The institute has 30 employees and an annual turnover of approximately 27 million NOK. Regional knowledge intersection: Together, Vestlandsforsking and Sogn and Fjordane University College constitute a collective specialist community, with approximately 200 academic posts. Researchers from the College also participate in projects carried out by Vestlandsforsking. Core visions: Vestlandsforsking is an international research institute with regional entrenchment. Our vision is the promotion of knowledge development and sharing. Core values: Vestlandsforsking shall carry out critical and independent research. Transparency is a prerequisite for our knowledge development and sharing.