Jelsa, Norway

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Jelsa Church

Jelsa is a former municipality in Rogaland county, Norway.

The parish of Jælse was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1859 the municipality was divided, the district of Sand becoming a municipality of its own. The split left Jelsa with a population of 2,606.

On 1 January 1965 the majority of Jelsa, with 928 inhabitants, were merged with Erfjord, Sand and Suldal to form the enlarged Suldal municipality. At the same time the Buergårdene district with 8 inhabitants were moved to Hjelmeland, and the Ombo district with 89 inhabitants were moved to Finnøy.

The village Jelsa is located in Suldal.


Coordinates: 59°20′N 6°04′E / 59.333°N 6.067°E / 59.333; 6.067