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Etne kommune
Coat of arms of Etne kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Etne kommune
Hordaland within
Etne within Hordaland
Etne within Hordaland
Coordinates: 59°39′50″N 5°56′00″E / 59.66389°N 5.93333°E / 59.66389; 5.93333Coordinates: 59°39′50″N 5°56′00″E / 59.66389°N 5.93333°E / 59.66389; 5.93333
Country Norway
County Hordaland
District Haugaland
Administrative centre Etnesjøen
 • Mayor (2007) Sigve Sørheim (Sp)
 • Total 735 km2 (284 sq mi)
 • Land 693 km2 (268 sq mi)
Area rank 148 in Norway
Population (2009)
 • Total 3,854
 • Rank 233 in Norway
 • Density 5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 0.1 %
Demonym Etnebu
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1211
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1951 2,452 —    
1960 2,512 +2.4%
1970 3,930 +56.4%
1980 3,980 +1.3%
1990 4,037 +1.4%
2000 3,917 −3.0%
2007 3,858 −1.5%
2008 3,852 −0.2%
2009 3,854 +0.1%
Source: Statistics Norway.

Etne is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. Etne is situated south of Bergen and borders the municipalities Kvinnherad, Odda, Sauda, Suldal and Vindafjord, the three latter in the county of Rogaland. Etne was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Most of Skånevik was merged with Etne on 1 January 1965.


Recent archeological findings indicate that the area was already inhabited around 500 BC.[2]

Etne is located within the traditional district of Haugaland.


The municipality is named after the Etnefjord (Old Norse Etnir). The fjord is probably named after an old river name Etna (now Etneelvi).

See also: Etnedal


The two largest towns respectively Etnesjøen with 988 residents and Skånevik with 589 residents (all figures from January 1, 2007).


The coat-of-arms is from modern[citation needed] times. They were granted on 16 December 1983. The arms represent the strong unity between the two former municipalities Skånevik and Etne that were joined together to form one municipality in 1965.[3]


Etne has a varied landscape, extending from the archipelago at Etnefjord, south to Lake Ølen and north to Skånevikfjord. In the north, Åkrafjord intersects through a barren and heavily eroded mountain glacier, where the municipality's highest point rises 1,638 meters above sea level. Etne has three nature reserves: Brattholmen, Skåno and Langebudalen. Lakes in the area include Løkjelsvatnet.[4]

Recent events[edit]

A Norwegian motion picture called United was shot in Etne with local people as actors.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Dette funnet er sensasjonelt
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  4. ^ Point on the glacier (Hordaland)

External links[edit]

Map of Etne