The municipality of Time, Norway has 15,459 inhabitants (2007) and the "urban settlement" itself 9,627 (2009). Its location in the prospering region of Stavanger/Sandnes and excellent traffic links making Bryne an attractive area for commuters, it is currently expanding rapidly and there have been reports of problems with schooling capacity.
Bryne was founded as Thime Station, reflecting its location along the railroad Jærbanen going from Stavanger to Egersund. The small village was one of many popping up around the new stations on the railroad finalized in 1878. A new chapel was soon built (Saron, 1878), as well as a store, a wool processing facility and a dairy farm.
Several industries related to agriculture also emerged, producing ploughs, mowers and harvesting equipment. Many years later, the first excavator in Europe with complete hydraulic transmission of power, the Brøyt (Trademark), was introduced by the two brothers Kristian and Ingebret Søyland (1949). Also the company Tralfa developed the world's first spray paint robot, today run by ABB.
Gradually, Bryne developed into a regional education center, with a dairy school established in 1906, the National Grammar School (Rogaland Landsgymnas) in 1924 and later also a vocational school. In 1921 the name of Thime Station was changed to Bryne by referendum. Bryne has since grown rapidly to become Jæren's most densely populated rural area and a regional trade center. City status was declared on 1 January, 2001, the 49th largest settlement in Norway at the time.
Bryne has three shopping malls, including Rogaland's (the region Bryne lies in) second largest. They are Torgsenteret, Brynetorget and M44 which is the newest and biggest. There is also a shopping street called Storgata ("Main Street") where there are several clothing shops, book shops and sports wear shops, including special designer clothes shops that sell wares that can only be found in here.
Fritz Røed Park
The Fritz Røed Park was officially opened 1 October 2004. It is a collection of sculptures made by the famous sculptor Fritz Røed, who was born in Bryne. The sculptures are all placed in and around a beautiful river flowing through the park.
The Garborg Centre (Norwegian: "Nasjonalt Garborgsenter") opens 2012. It is a museum and educational centre dedicated to the author couple Arne Garborg and Hulda Garborg. It aims to encourage people’s interest for the ideas and visions of the two authors. The centre will encourage visitors to take a more active part in today’s society, and inspire them to read and develop their own creativity.
Bryne Mølle (Bryne Mill) is an old mill now used for concerts and art exhibitions. The Ranglerock Festival is an annual rockfestival that has been arranged in there since 2005.
The town's football team, Bryne F.K., played in the Norwegian premier league 1976-1988, and 2000–2003, and now plays in Adeccoligaen. In 1987 the team won the National Football Cup, and was in the final in 2001.