Bokn within Rogaland
|• Mayor (2007)||Kyrre Lindanger (Ap)|
|• Total||47.17 km2 (18.21 sq mi)|
|• Land||44.57 km2 (17.21 sq mi)|
|Area rank||421 in Norway|
|• Rank||417 in Norway|
|• Density||17/km2 (40/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-1.0 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1145|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
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.
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".
Buildings and structures
- 168 metres tall guyed mast for FM-/TV-broadcasting at 59.220156 N 5.428281 E.
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.
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.
- Media related to Bokn at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Bokn at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Rogaland travel guide from Wikivoyage