Klepp within Rogaland
|• Mayor (2011)||Ane Mari Braut Nese (H)|
|• Total||114 km2 (44 sq mi)|
|• Land||102 km2 (39 sq mi)|
|Area rank||377 in Norway|
|• Rank||68 in Norway|
|• Density||140/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||15.6 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1120|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
|Source: Statistics Norway.|
Klepp, belonging to the traditional district of Jæren, is a flat and open agricultural landscape. The highest point, Tinghaug, is at 102 metres (335 ft) above sea level. There are long stretches of sand beaches along the North Sea coastline in the west.
The administrative centre is called Kleppe (or Kleppekrossen), and is located in the centre of the municipality. The population around Kleppe is growing rapidly, mostly in the form of suburban single-family homes, but also in the form of some apartment blocks. There is a shopping mall, Jærhagen, in Kleppe.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Klepp farm (Old Norse: Kleppr), since the first church was built there. The inscription on the Klepp I Runestone indicates that the name has been in use since the late 10th or early 11th century. The name is identical with the word kleppr which means "rocky hill". Before 1912, the name was written "Klep".
The coat-of-arms were granted on 18 February 1972. The arms features a cross, symbolic of the large stone cross which is standing on a grave hill in Krosshaug (from the Old Norse word haugr meaning mound or barrow) in Klepp. The cross was considered a representative historic symbol for the municipality.
The earliest traces of population in the municipality have been dated to around 6000 BC. At that time, the land was covered by large oak woods. The large stone cross standing on the grave hill Krosshaug dates from around 1000 AD and is possibly the oldest in Norway. It is adjacent to Tinghaug, the site for a local Thing for many centuries during the Iron Age. Tinghaug probably acted as a site for the local court and assembly for many centuries.
The municipality is located 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of Stavanger. Neighbouring municipalities are Hå to the south, Time to the south and east, Sola and Sandnes to the north. The coastline is agricultural and consists of, from south to north, the areas Orre, Reve[disambiguation needed], Bore and Sele[disambiguation needed].
Klepp is the second largest agricultural municipality in Rogaland, with a total of around 600 farms. Kverneland Group, located in Øksnevad, is the largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment in the world.
The local sports club Klepp IL most notably has a women's football team in the Norwegian top league. Famous players include Dagny Mellgren and the national team captain Ane Stangeland Horpestad. Gymnast Åge Storhaug also represented the club.
Mayor since 2011 is Ane Mari Braut Nese of the Conservative Party. She succeeded Elfin Lea of the same party, who served from 1999 to 2011.
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- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Rogaland travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Klepp travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Pictures from Klepp