|Created from||Austre Moland in 1878|
|Merged with||Arendal in 1902|
Barbu is part of the municipality of Arendal in the region of Sørlandet. Until 1902 Barbu was a municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. Today the name Barbu most of all refer to the center of the former municipality, a village-like place located in front of Galtesund. Barbu is also a parish (sogn) in Arendal of the Diocese of Agder og Telemark.
Originally, Barbu was a part of the municipality of Austre Moland that was created in 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 May 1878, Austre Moland was divided to form three municipalities: Barbu (population: 4,874), Austre Moland (population: 2,524), and Tromøy (population: 2,320).
On 1 January 1902, Barbu became a part of the municipality of Arendal. Before the merger, Barbu had a population of 6,787.
- Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 96.
- Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
- Arendal travel guide from Wikivoyage