Hægebostad within Vest-Agder
|• Mayor (2003)||Ånen Werdal (H)|
|• 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|
|• Rank||361 in Norway|
|• Density||3.6/km2 (9.3/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-0.6 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1034|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
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.
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.
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.
(See also coat-of-arms of Balestrand)
- Media related to Hægebostad at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Hægebostad at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Vest-Agder travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Municipal website (Norwegian)