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Finnøy kommune
Coat of arms of Finnøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Finnøy kommune
Rogaland within
Finnøy within Rogaland
Finnøy within Rogaland
Coordinates: 59°9′53″N 5°49′46″E / 59.16472°N 5.82944°E / 59.16472; 5.82944Coordinates: 59°9′53″N 5°49′46″E / 59.16472°N 5.82944°E / 59.16472; 5.82944
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Ryfylke
Administrative centre Judaberg
 • Mayor (2008) Kjell Nes (KrF)
 • Total 104 km2 (40 sq mi)
 • Land 103 km2 (40 sq mi)
Area rank 382 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,809
 • Rank 285 in Norway
 • Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 0.0 %
Demonym Finnøying[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1141
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway

Finnøy is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is an island community located in Boknafjorden, 13 nautical miles (24 km) north of Stavanger.

The parish of Finnø was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Sjernarøy was merged with Finnøy on 1 January 1965.

Finnøy is an agricultural community dominated by dairy, meat, poultry, and fish farming products, with strong horticultural traditions, mainly greenhouse production of tomatoes, and some tourism.

General information[edit]


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.[2]


Fields on Finnøy

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.


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 8 October 2008. 

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