Bokn

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Bokn kommune
Municipality
Alvestadkroken.jpg
Coat of arms of Bokn kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Bokn kommune
Rogaland within
Norway
Bokn within Rogaland
Bokn within Rogaland
Coordinates: 59°12′1″N 5°25′23″E / 59.20028°N 5.42306°E / 59.20028; 5.42306Coordinates: 59°12′1″N 5°25′23″E / 59.20028°N 5.42306°E / 59.20028; 5.42306
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Haugaland
Administrative centre Føresvik
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Kyrre Lindanger (Ap)
Area
 • Total 47.17 km2 (18.21 sq mi)
 • Land 44.57 km2 (17.21 sq mi)
Area rank 421 in Norway
Population (2008)
 • Total 823
 • Rank 417 in Norway
 • Density 17/km2 (40/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -1.0 %
Demonym Boknar[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1145
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.bokn.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Bokn is a municipality in the Rogaland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Haugaland. Bokn was separated from Skudenes in 1849.

Bokn is one of the smaller municipalities of Rogaland, consisting of 3 islands: Ognøy, Austre (eastern) Bokn, and Vestre (western) Bokn. The three islands are now linked via bridges to Tysvær on the mainland, and the main coastal highway between Stavanger and Bergen now pass over Bokn, connecting southwards by ferries to Rennesøy. There are specific plans of building an undersea tunnel directly to the mainland north of Stavanger.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality is named after the islands of Austre and Vestre Bokn (Old Norse: Bókn). The name is probably very old and its meaning is unknown. Before 1889, the name was written "Bukken".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 8 August 1986. The arms show a Cairn. The blue background represents the sea.[2][3]

Buildings and structures[edit]

  • 168 metres tall guyed mast for FM-/TV-broadcasting at 59.220156 N 5.428281 E.

Economy[edit]

Apart from a factory producing various tanks made of glassfiber-reinforced plastic (Bokn Plast), there is no industry on the islands other than some fish farming. People have traditionally lived off fishing and farming, but more recently, some work has been in the North Sea petroleum industry. Tourism is likely to play a bigger part in the future.

Geography[edit]

Geographically, the islands are rugged with lots of small hills with small lakes in the valleys. The hills are largely covered with heather, but bushes and trees are increasingly competing, especially birch. The highest point is the 297 meter high Boknafjellet, a small mountain on Vestre Bokn island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 8 October 2008. 
  3. ^ Jardar Havikbotn (2005). "Bygdabladet er 20 år" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-08. 

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