Øygarden within Hordaland
|• Mayor (2011)||Otto Harkestad (Ap)|
|• Total||66.74 km2 (25.77 sq mi)|
|• Land||64.43 km2 (24.88 sq mi)|
|• Water||2.31 km2 (0.89 sq mi)|
|Area rank||407 in Norway|
|• Rank||213 in Norway|
|• Density||73.0/km2 (189/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||19.7 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1259|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Øygarden[pronunciation?] is a municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is an island municipality located in the traditional district of Midhordland. Since 2009, the administrative centre of Øygarden has been the village of Rong (before 2009, the village of Tjeldstø was the administrative centre). Other villages in the municipality include Alveim, Blomvåg, and Vikavågen.
The municipality consists of a chain of islands north of the municipality Fjell and northwest of the city of Bergen. Øygarden is connected to the mainland by a series of bridges and a single road running across the islands.
The municipality of Øygarden was established on 1 January 1964. It was created by a merger that was set in motion by the Schei Committee. The old municipality of Hjelme (population: 956) and all of the municipality of Herdla located west of the Hjeltefjorden except for the islands of Turøy and Misje (population: 2131).
The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted in 1966, shortly after the establishment of the municipality. The arms show a black and gray reference seacairn sitting on an islet on a blue background. The municipality consists of a number of islands and is dependent on the sea for its development. Hence the importance of sea cairns, buoys and lighthouses for safety in the municipality.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
|Old Hjelme Church||Seløyna||1875|
The municipality is made up of many islands. The vast majority of the residents live on the 6 largest islands. The are (from north to south): Seløyna (7.2 km2 [2.8 sq mi]), Alvøyna (12.2 km2 [4.7 sq mi]), Ona (6.8 km2 [2.6 sq mi]), Blomøyna (9.1 km2 [3.5 sq mi]), Rongøyna (2.7 km2 [1.0 sq mi]), and Toftøyna (7.5 km2 [2.9 sq mi]). Besides these large islands, the municipality consists of 546 small islands, islets, and reefs. Some of the other islands include Hernar in the far north and Førehjelmo.
The landscape is low and relatively flat. The highest point is at only 74 metres (243 ft) on the island of Blomøyna. Several smaller lakes are located on the islands. The west side of the islands is an important nesting site for birds. The North Sea lies to the west of the islands and the Hjeltefjorden.
Tjeldstø Marka on Alvøyna has been a protected nature reserve since 1995. It is one of the largest wetland reserves in Hordaland. The Ormhilleren friluftsområde is another nature reserve surrounding the Rongesundet strait.
|Source: Statistics Norway.|
All municipalities in Norway, including Øygarden, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Christian Democratic Party||Kristelig Folkeparti||1|
|Socialist Left Party||Sosialistisk Venstreparti||1|
|Local Lists||Lokale lister||8|
|Total number of members:||23|
The municipality has a significant aquaculture industry, primarily with salmon, cod, and shellfish. Agriculture is limited in the municipality and is largely a part-time occupation, with most farmers have another profession too. The type of agriculture in Øygarden is dominated by raising livestock (sheep, cattle, and chickens).
Since 1988, petroleum activities have become a major industry in Øygarden. The transportation of oil from the Oseberg oil field through a pipeline to Sture on Alvøyna was the start of the oil boom. In 1996, a natural gas processing plant at Kollsnes on the island of Ona was completed.
- Martin Hjelmen (1904–1944), a Norwegian sailor and communist activist
- Alexander Dale Oen (1985-2012), a competitive swimmer on the Norwegian national team
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- Store norske leksikon. "Øygarden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-11-28.
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- En liten perle i Øygarden [A small pearl in Øygarden]
- "Members of the local councils, by party/electoral lists and municipality" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2011.
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