|Created from||Bamble in 1851|
|Incorporated into||Bamble in 1964|
Stathelle was a former municipality in Telemark. It was separated from Bamble as a municipality of its own in 1851. In 1964, the municipalities of Stathelle and Langesund merged with Bamble municipality. With a population of about 8000, Stathelle is situated at the junction of the Langesundsfjord, Frierfjord and Eidangerfjord.
Stathelle is an old trading town. In the middle of the 1800s, Stathelle was an enterprising seaport, characterized by the trading house established by Albert Blehr on Kjellestad, which was one of the nation's largest timber exporters. Today there is a marina and a park in the same area.
Hansen & Arntzen Co AS is a traditional shipyard in Stathelle that specializes in the restoration of vessels. Hansen & Arntzen AS Ekstrand Co. was established in 1929 as a family business. The company is known for its significant repair and restoration projects. Many famous ships have been restored there, including the Norwegian Royal Yacht HNoMY Norge.
- Knud Karl Krogh-Tonning (1842–1911), Norwegian theologian, was born in Stathelle
- Turid Thomassen (born 1965), politician
- Ella Gjømle Berg (born 1979), cross country skier
- Gunnar Sem, author
- Kenneth Nilsen (aka K-391), DJ