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Fana bydel
Coat of arms of Fana bydel
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Coordinates: 60°18′40″N 5°23′29″E / 60.31111°N 5.39139°E / 60.31111; 5.39139Coordinates: 60°18′40″N 5°23′29″E / 60.31111°N 5.39139°E / 60.31111; 5.39139
Country Norway
City Bergen
 • Total 159.70 km2 (61.66 sq mi)
Area rank 1st
  c. 34% of total
Population (2013)
 • Total 40,087
 • Rank 4th
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
  14.87% of total
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-120113-15
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1980 25,050 —    
1990 27,163 +8.4%
2001 32,393 +19.3%
2013 40,087 +23.8%
Source: Statistics Norway.

Fana is a borough of the city of Bergen, Norway.


The toponomy of Fana: "The name is really [a] farm name, in Old Norse fani, which probably means swampland or myrlende"[ fen], says encyclopedia Store Norske Leksikon.[2]


Further information: Fana (municipality)

Prior to 1972, Fana was an independent municipality which territory also included today's boroughs of Ytrebygda, Fyllingsdalen, and the southernmost part of Årstad.


Fana is the geographically largest of the city's boroughs, with an area of 159.7 km2 (61.7 sq mi). Most major industries in Fana are located near Nesttun, the administrative centre of Fana until the municipality was incorporated into Bergen. The north-eastern part is dominated by residential areas, being home to the majority of the borough's population, while the rest of the borough contains mostly forest, mountains, some farmland, in addition to a few settlements. The mountain Livarden lies along the northeastern boundary of the borough.


As of 1 January 2012, Fana had a population of 39,216.[3]

Villages and neighborhoods[edit]

The list of villages and neighborhoods include: Fanahammeren, Nattland, Nesttun, Paradis, Nordvåg and Krokvåg.


The main building at Gamlehaugen

Gamlehaugen is located by Nordåsvannet in northern Fana, south of Fjøsanger. The mansion is the residence of the Royal Family in Bergen, and is surrounded by a park. It was commissioned by Christian Michelsen, a shipping magnate and later Prime Minister of Norway, in 1899, and he lived there until his death in 1925. While the park is open to the public at almost all times, the building is only open for a few hours a day in the summer and receives about 2000 visitors a year.[4]

Hop is the location of Troldhaugen, a museum and home of the composer Edvard Grieg 1885-1907.

A replica of the Fantoft Stave Church has been located in Fana since 1997. The original burned down in 1992, 109 years after it was moved to Bergen in 1883.



Sports teams include IL Gneist, IL Bjarg and Fana IL and the athletics club FIK BFG Fana.


Choirs include Sola Fide,[5] Fana Mannskor,[6] Korall.[7]


A shopping street in Nesttun, a commercial centre in Fana.

European route E39 passes through Fana. Between the border with Årstad north of Fjøsanger and Hop, E39 is the 4-lane dual carriage road Fritz C. Riebers veg. At Hop, E39 branches off from the 4-lane road and passes through two tunnels to Nesttun, wherefrom it continues south-westwards through Valla and Kaland before entering Os. From Hop, Fritz C. Riebers veg continues southwards as Rv 580 to Lagunen Storsenter. Eastwards, Rv 580 follows E39 to Nesttun, where it branches off and runs through Haukeland and Espeland to Indre Arna in Arna borough.

Prior to the construction of Fritz C. Riebers veg, the main road between central Bergen and Fana had been Rv 582, which passes through Storetveit, Paradis, Hop, Nesttun and Skjold from Årstad borough to Lagunen Storsenter. Other significant roads include Rv 546 from Lagunen Storsenter through Fanahammeren to Krokvåg, Rv 585 from Landås in Årstad through Nattland to Paradis, Fv 163 over Fanafjellet to Nordvik, and Fv 183 past Bjøllebotn to Myrdal.

Due to the insufficient standard of E39, the main road between Bergen and Os and Stavanger, plans have been prepared for a new 4-lane road southwards from Bergen. The new road, which will branch off from Fritz C. Riebers veg north of Lagunen, will be funded partly by toll revenue.[8][9]

As elsewhere in Bergen, the bus service in Fana is operated by Tide.


There are 13 elementary schools, three lower secondary schools, two combined elementary/lower secondary schools, one special school, and 3 upper secondary schools in Fana. With the exception of the upper secondary schools, which are administered by Hordaland county, the schools are owned and administered by Bergen municipality.


  1. ^ "Tabell: 06198: Areal av land og ferskvatn (km²). (G)". Emne: 01 Naturressurser og naturmiljø (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  2. ^ Fana—tidligere kommune i Hordaland [Fana—former municipality in Hordaland]
  3. ^ "24 Folkemengd, etter kjønn og alder. Bergen. Bydel. 1. januar 2012". Statistics Norway (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  4. ^ Røvig Bauer, Hanne; Knut Egil Wang. "Verneverdig hundreåring" (in Norwegian). Statsbygg. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
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  8. ^ Lindebotten, John (January 17, 2008). "Sparkar bein under Bergen-Os". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  9. ^ Valestrand, Terje (March 13, 2009). "Os-Bergen klar til start". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2009-10-25.