Etne within Hordaland
|• Mayor (2007)||Sigve Sørheim (Sp)|
|• Total||735 km2 (284 sq mi)|
|• Land||693 km2 (268 sq mi)|
|Area rank||148 in Norway|
|• Rank||233 in Norway|
|• Density||5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||0.1 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1211|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
|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.
The coat-of-arms is from modern 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.
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.
A Norwegian motion picture called United was shot in Etne with local people as actors.
- Magnus V of Norway (1156–1184), King during the Civil war era in Norway
- Erling Skakke (1115–1179), Norwegian Jarl during the 12th century
- Media related to Etne at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Etne at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Hordaland travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Pictures from Etne