|• Total||93 km2 (36 sq mi)|
|Created as||Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838|
|Merged with||Arendal in 1992|
Øyestad is a former municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It is located in the present-day municipality of Arendal in the Sørlandet region. The municipality of Øyestad encompassed most of the coastline between the towns of Grimstad and Arendal, along with the forested areas along the Nidelva river.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Øiestad farm (Old Norse: Øyjarsstaðir), since the first church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of the male name Øyjarr and the last element is staðir which means "homestead" or "farm".
The parish of Øiestad was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1846, the area of Fjære (population: 2,806) was split off to form a separate municipality. The municipality was again split when the area of Froland (population: 1,976), leaving Øiestad with 5,215 inhabitants. On 1 January 1875, an area of neighboring Arendal municipality (population: 52) was transferred to Øyestad. Then on 1 January 1881, the area of Hisøy (population: 2,652) was separated to form a municipality of its own. This left Øyestad with a population of 4,474. In 1936, an area of Øyestad (population: 33) was transferred to neighboring Moland municipality.
On 1 January 1962, the uninhabited area of Salvestjønn was transferred from Øyestad to Landvik. On 1 January 1992, Øyestad was incorporated into the municipality of Arendal, along with Hisøy, Tromøy, and Moland. Prior to the merger Øyestad had a population of 8,679.
- Peter Munch Brager (born 1806), vicar of Øyestad
- Brit Hoel (born 1942), politician
- Ole Olsen Risholt (born 1809)
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