|• Mayor (2007)||Astrid Aarhus Byrknes (KrF)|
|• Total||476 km2 (184 sq mi)|
|• Land||457 km2 (176 sq mi)|
|Area rank||213 in Norway|
|• Rank||83 in Norway|
|• Density||28/km2 (70/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||6.1 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1263|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
|Source: Statistics Norway.|
The parish of Lindaas was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Masfjorden was separated from Lindås on 1 March 1879. Austrheim was separated from Lindås on 1 January 1910. Alversund, and parts of Hamre and Hosanger, were merged with Lindås on 1 January 1964.
The administrative centre is Knarvik, located in the southeast part of the municipality. Other areas of population are Lindås, Seim, Ostereidet, Alversund and Fanebust. The municipality also has one of the largest oil refineries in northern Europe at its most northern tip. The oil refinery at Mongstad is by far the largest employer.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the farm Lindås (Old Norse Lindiáss), since the first church was built there. The first element is lindi which means "linden (Tilia) wood", the last element is áss which means "mountain ridge". Before 1921 the name was written "Lindaas".
(See also coat-of-arms of Stryn)
Ancient settlements of Vikings are found in several places. At Lindås there are stories of monks coming from England and living with the Viking population.
Håkonshaugen (from Old Norse haugr meaning mound) at Seim is the burial mound of King Haakon the Good, third king of Norway. King Haakon was mortally wounded in 961 at the Battle of Fitjar at nearby Stord. Håkonshaugen is the millennium site in the municipality of Lindås.
The historical play Håkonarspelet ("King with the golden helmet") is performed here every year. The play is one of several plays written by author Johannes Heggland. The play was written in five parts between 1995-1996. It centers on events in the life of King Haakon the Good and the king's only daughter, Thora.
Lindås Church (Lindås kirke) was consecrated 20 September 1865. The church was built just west of where the old stone church stood. The architect was Ole Syslak who was responsible for the construction of several other churches in western Norway. The church received its first church organ in 1906, which was replaced in 1978 with an organ built by J. H. Jørgensen. The church has two church bells. The oldest clock was made by Laxevaag Værk in Bergen in 1865, while the other was made by O. Olsen & Son in Tønsberg in 1955.
The first time a church in Lindås mentioned was in 1315. This was a stone altar, which stood under the open sky. Walls were erected later, so that the priest was standing under a roof, while the audience stood on the ground outside and listened. Later walls were raised so that the church was under roof. This church was extended in 1600 and repaired in the 1700s.
Heathland Centre at Lygra
Heathland Centre at Lygra (Lyngheisenteret på Lygra) is a cultural museum consisting of a conserved heather moorland. It is also an information centre for the coastal heathlands. The center was established in the 1970s. An information center with a restaurant, auditorium and permanent exhibition was opened in 2000. Heathland was founded by the University of Bergen, Bergen County, Lindås Municipality, the Regional Council in Nordhordland and Gulen. It is administrated by the Museum Centre in Hordaland.
- Olav Hodne, missionary with Den norske Santalmisjon
- Ivar Medaas, singer, musician, and actor
- Aslaug Låstad Lygre, poet
- Gjermund Hagesæter, Member of Parliament for Progress Party
- "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
- Håkonshaugen (Meland municipality)
- RV 57 - 565 - 568 route (Nordhordland Guide )
- Håkonarspelet (Culturenet.no)
- Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 21 September 2008.
- Lindås Kommune (Kirker i Hordaland Fylke)
- Lyngheisenteret på Lygra (Museumssenteret i Hordaland)
- Lindås Kommune website
- Tour Nordhordland, Masfjorden
- Demographics in Lindås
- Culture in Lindås on maps from Kulturnett.no
- Heathland Centre at Lygra
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