Forsand

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Forsand kommune
Municipality
Lysebotn, located at the head of the Lysefjord
Lysebotn, located at the head of the Lysefjord
Coat of arms of Forsand kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Forsand kommune
Rogaland within
Norway
Forsand within Rogaland
Forsand within Rogaland
Coordinates: 59°0′N 6°30′E / 59.000°N 6.500°E / 59.000; 6.500Coordinates: 59°0′N 6°30′E / 59.000°N 6.500°E / 59.000; 6.500
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Ryfylke
Administrative centre Forsand
Government
 • Mayor (2008) Ole Tom Guse (KrF)
Area
 • Total 842 km2 (325 sq mi)
 • Land 702 km2 (271 sq mi)
Area rank 139 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 1,069
 • Rank 403 in Norway
 • Density 2/km2 (5/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 3.3 %
Demonym Forsandbu[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1129
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.forsand.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Forsand is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. Forsand was separated from Høle on 1 January 1871. In 1999, evidence of a population here dating back to around 7500 BC was located.

Forsand is located within the constraints of two fjords, Lysefjord and Høgsfjord. It is one of largest municipalities within the county of Rogaland in terms of area, and one of the smallest in terms of population. Forsand municipality covers 842 km² and has a population of 1,116 (2008).[2]

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Forsand farm (Old Norse: Forsandr), since the first church was built there. The first element is the prefix for which means "outsticking" and the last element is sandr which means "sand" or "sandy beach". Before 1918, the name was written "Fossan".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 11 March 1988. The arms show a silver heron on a green background. They were designed by John Digernes.[3]

Villages[edit]

Villages that are part of the municipality:

Panoramic view over the village Lysebotn located innermost in the Lysefjord (full image)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ "Figures on Forsand Municipality". Statistisk sentralbyrå. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Kommunevåpen". 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-08.  (Norwegian)

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