|County||Sogn og Fjordane|
|• Mayor (1999)||Trude Brosvik (KrF)|
|• Total||597.22 km2 (230.59 sq mi)|
|• Land||575.41 km2 (222.17 sq mi)|
|• Water||21.81 km2 (8.42 sq mi)|
|Area rank||184 in Norway|
|• Rank||305 in Norway|
|• Density||4/km2 (10/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-7.5 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1411|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Gulen (help·info) is a municipality in the southwestern part of Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sogn. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Eivindvik. Other villages in Gulen include Brekke, Byrknes, Dalsøyra, and Dingja.
The municipality of Gulen surrounds the Gulafjorden, which is considered to be the place where Norway's west-coastal Vikings met at the Gulating, a governing body. The area in Gulafjorden called Flolid (just east of the village of Eivindvik) is now a national historic place, where an open air theater and annual summer play commemorates the Vikings who gathered there 1000 years ago to accept Christianity.
Evindvig was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The municipality of 1838 was created to be identical to the Evindvig parish (prestegjeld) that included the three sub-parishes (sokn) of Eivindvik, Brekke, and Husøy. The sub-parish of Brekke (population: 898) was separated from the municipality in 1850 to form a municipality of its own, leaving a total of 3,944 residents in Evindvig.
In 1858, the sub-parish of Husøy (population: 1,384) was separated from Evindvig to form its own municipality called Utvær (renamed Solund in 1923). This left Evindvig with 3,018 inhabitants. On 1 July 1890 the name of Evindvig municipality was changed to Gulen. On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Brekke (population: 782) was merged with Gulen. Also on that same date, the island of Losna (population: 40) was transferred from Gulen to Solund. After these changes, Gulen had a population of 3,250.
The name (Old Norse: Guli) originally belonged to the fjord (now called Gulafjorden). The name is probably derived from the word gul which means "(strong) wind". Until 1891 the name of the municipality was Evenvig or Eivindvig (now written Eivindvik).
Coat of arms
The coat of arms was introduced in 1990. It shows the two stone crosses found near the village of Eivindvik that are believed to be about 1000 years old, erected there after the Vikings who met at the Gulating gathering embraced Christianity.
|Church Name||Year Built||Location
of the Church
|Gulen Parish||Brekke||Brekke kyrkje||1862||Brekke|
All municipalities in Norway, including Gulen, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Christian Democratic Party||Kristelig Folkeparti||5|
|Total number of members:||21|
The mayor (ordførar) of a municipality in Norway is usually a representative of the majority party of the municipal council who is elected to lead the council. The mayor of Gulen for the 2007-2011 term is Trude Brosvik of the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig folkeparti).
Gulen has an area of about 600 square kilometres (230 sq mi) including about 1500 small islands, islets, and skerries. The mainland is characterized by small valleys and large mountains crossing the landscape. The lake Dingevatn is one of Norway's deepest lakes.
Gulen is bounded on the north by the Sognefjord and to the south by the Fensfjord with the North Sea to the west of the municipality. Gulen is bordered by the municipalities of Solund and Hyllestad to the north, by Høyanger to the east, and by Austrheim, Lindås, and Masfjorden (all three in Hordaland county) to the south.
The area is a geological region that contains a relatively low nutrition content ground, which characterizes the types of flora. The moors, which are frequently covered with wild purple heather, are the dominating picture of the area. Due to the large quantity of rain in the area, there are many types of moss and lichen in Gulen. Most of the land in Gulen is very mountainous and inhospitable.
Historically, Gulen's economy has been centered around farming and fishing. More recently, Gulen has become important because of its close proximity to the Mongstad industrial area which includes many oil refineries operated by Statoil, Shell Oil, and other oil companies. Other factories and industries in Gulen include Wergeland-Halsvik, Baker Oil Tools, Johnny Birkeland Transport, and Vest Tank. There are many other small businesses located in Gulen today.
Gulating was a legislative assembly which met regularly for a period of at least five hundred years in Gulen on the shores of the Gulafjord. In 1300 the assembly was moved to Bergen. The members of the assembly represented the farmers of Western Norway. This was where important political issues were discussed and decisions were made. The old assembly was also used as a law court for both civil and criminal cases. The Gulating was thus related to the representative institutions of today such as the municipal council and the Norwegian Parliament, Storting.
A sculpture park was built in Flolid in Gulen in order to commemorate the Gulating legislative assembly. Norwegian sculptor Bård Breivik was responsible for the artistic elements which were opened by the public during August 2005. The park is a work of art in its own right that is used as the setting for outdoor dance and musical performances in beautiful and unique natural surroundings.
Sellevåg Wooden Shoe Factory
Wooden shoes were produced in Sellevåg from 1899–1975. The factory was powered by water in the Sellevåg Lake. The wooden shoe factory is still there with all its production equipment intact. A guided tour with demonstration can be arranged on request.
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