Finnøy within Rogaland
|• Mayor (2008)||Kjell Nes (KrF)|
|• Total||104 km2 (40 sq mi)|
|• Land||103 km2 (40 sq mi)|
|Area rank||382 in Norway|
|• Rank||285 in Norway|
|• Density||27/km2 (70/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||0.0 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1141|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
The municipality is named after the island of Finnøy (Old Norse: Finnøy). The meaning of the first element is unknown and the last element is øy which means "island." Before 1918, the name was written "Finnø."
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 23 September 1983. Despite its recent adoption, it has old roots. The arms show a wing, derived from the arms of the Hestbø family (which included Ogmund Finnsson), one of the mightiest families in the area in the 14th century. They had their stronghold on their Hesby estate in the present municipality.
Finnøy was at the top of its power in the middle of the fourteenth century when the King's representative Ogmund Finnsson had his seat at Hesby on the west side of the island of Finnøy. A medieval stone church, dating from the thirteenth century, still stands at Hesby.
It is often claimed that the Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802–1829) was born on Finnøy, since his father Søren Georg acted as rector there. Recent studies indicates, however, that he was born in Nedstrand, a nearby parish. However, he was raised on Finnøy.
- Media related to Finnøy at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Finnøy at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Rogaland travel guide from Wikivoyage