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Bamble kommune
Bamble brevik.jpg
Coat of arms of Bamble kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Bamble kommune
Telemark within
Bamble within Telemark
Bamble within Telemark
Coordinates: 59°1′11″N 9°33′39″E / 59.01972°N 9.56083°E / 59.01972; 9.56083Coordinates: 59°1′11″N 9°33′39″E / 59.01972°N 9.56083°E / 59.01972; 9.56083
Country Norway
County Telemark
District Grenland
Administrative centre Langesund
 • Mayor (2008) Jon Pieter Flølo (FrP)
 • Total 304 km2 (117 sq mi)
 • Land 282 km2 (109 sq mi)
Area rank 274 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 14,163
 • Rank 70 in Norway
 • Density 50/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 0.6 %
Demonym Bambling or Bamling
Bemling (archaic)[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0814
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Bamble is a municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Grenland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Langesund.

General information[edit]


The Old Norse form of the name was Bamblar (a plural form). The name could be related to the word bembel m 'belly' (used in the meaning 'round hill/mountain'). The name was written "Bamle" in the period 1889-1917.[2]

See also the name Bømlo.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 12 December 1986. The arms show a gold-colored ship's wheel on a blue background. The arms are nearly identical to the former arms of Stathelle, which along with Langesund was merged with the municipality of Bamble at on 1 January 1964. Sailing and fishing have always been of great importance for the area, and a ship's wheel was thus an appropriate symbol.[3][4]


The municipality of Bamble was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The lading place of Stathelle was separated from the municipality of Bamble in 1851. On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Bamble was merged with the neighboring municipalities of Stathelle and Langesund. The new municipality was named Bamble, the administrative centre was Langesund, and the coat-of-arms of Stathelle were used for the new municipality.[4]

Bamble, lying at the southern tip of the Kongsberg-Bamble geological formation, also has a very unique geology that has been extensively researched by geologists such as W. C. Brøgger. It exhibits a high grade gneiss terrane characterized by metasomatism.[5] As such there have been many mines operating in the area, most notably the Ødegården Verk apatite mines and the nickel mines in Nystein.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Bamble:[6]


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1914). Norske gaardnavne: Bratsbergs amt (in Norwegian) (7 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 48–49. 
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Kommunens våpenskjold". Bamble kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-15. [dead link] (Norwegian)
  5. ^ Nijland, T.G.; Zwaan, J.C.; Touret, L. (Dec 1998). "Topographical mineralogy of the Bamble sector, south Norway". Scripta Geologica (Naturalis) 118: 1–46. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Vennskapsbyer". Bamble kommune. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-15. [dead link] (Norwegian)

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