Hægebostad

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Hægebostad kommune
Municipality
Coat of arms of Hægebostad kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Hægebostad kommune
Vest-Agder within
Norway
Hægebostad within Vest-Agder
Hægebostad within Vest-Agder
Coordinates: 58°27′24″N 7°13′11″E / 58.45667°N 7.21972°E / 58.45667; 7.21972Coordinates: 58°27′24″N 7°13′11″E / 58.45667°N 7.21972°E / 58.45667; 7.21972
Country Norway
County Vest-Agder
District Sørlandet
Administrative centre Tingvatn
Government
 • Mayor (2003) Ånen Werdal (H)
Area
 • Total 461.53 km2 (178.20 sq mi)
 • Land 425.58 km2 (164.32 sq mi)
 • Water 35.95 km2 (13.88 sq mi)
Area rank 218 in Norway
Population (2013)
 • Total 1,659
 • Rank 361 in Norway
 • Density 3.6/km2 (9.3/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -0.6 %
Demonym Hægdøl[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1034
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.haegebostad.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Hægebostad is a municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. Hægebostad was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Eiken was separated from Hægebostad on 1 January 1916 but it was again merged back with Hægebostad on 1 January 1963.

It is an inland municipality, with Åseral municipality to the northeast, Kvinesdal to the west, Lyngdal to the south, and Audnedal to the east.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Hægebostad farm (Old Norse Helgabólstaðir), since the first church was built there. The first element is helg- which means "holy" and the last element is the plural form of bólstaðr which means "homestead" or "farm". Before 1889, the name was written Hegebostad.

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 April 1986. The arms show the two swords dating from the 4th–6th century that were found in the municipality. They symbolize the famous swords of Snartemo and Eiken found in the municipality. The swords were highly decorated with silver and gold.[2]

(See also coat-of-arms of Balestrand)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 27 September 2008. 

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