Lindesnes

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Lindesnes kommune
Municipality
Vigeland, the administrative centre of Lindesnes Municipality
Vigeland, the administrative centre of Lindesnes Municipality
Coat of arms of Lindesnes kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Lindesnes kommune
Vest-Agder within
Norway
Lindesnes within Vest-Agder
Lindesnes within Vest-Agder
Coordinates: 58°6′15″N 7°17′20″E / 58.10417°N 7.28889°E / 58.10417; 7.28889Coordinates: 58°6′15″N 7°17′20″E / 58.10417°N 7.28889°E / 58.10417; 7.28889
Country Norway
County Vest-Agder
District Sørlandet
Administrative centre Vigeland
Government
 • Mayor (2003) Ivar Lindal (KrF)
Area
 • Total 317 km2 (122 sq mi)
 • Land 297 km2 (115 sq mi)
Area rank 269 in Norway
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,661
 • Rank 216 in Norway
 • Density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 3.7 %
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1029
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.lindesnes.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Lindesnes (English: the Naze) is a municipality in the county of Vest-Agder, Norway. Lindesnes was created as a new municipality on 1 January 1964 after the merger of the older municipalities of Spangereid, Sør-Audnedal, and Vigmostad.

It is a coastal municipality, with a long stretch of coastline to the south. It also borders Audnedal municipality to the north, Lyngdal to the west, and Mandal and Marnardal to the east. The lighthouse at Lindesnes stands on the southernmost point of the mainland of Norway.

See also: Knivskjellodden

General information[edit]

Lindesnes fyr. The lighthouse is close to the southernmost point of mainland Norway.

Name[edit]

The oldest Old Norse form of the name was Líðandi. That name is derived from the verb líða which means "lead/go to an end" and the meaning is probably just "the end". A later form was Líðandisnes where the word nes which means "headland" was added (related to the English forms ness and naze).

The traditional English form of the name is just the Naze.

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 25 April 1986. The arms show the local lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Norway. It was built in 1655 on the headland of Lindesnes.[1]

Famous residents[edit]

  • Ansgar Gabrielsen (born 1955) is a Norwegian consultant and former politician for the Conservative Party.
  • Peder Claussøn Friis (1545 - 1614) was a Norwegian clergyman and author.
  • Emanuel Vigeland (1875 - 1948) was a multitalented Norwegian artist.
  • Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943) was a Norwegian sculptor. He is most associated with the Vigeland Sculpture Arrangement (Vigelandsanlegget) in Frogner Park, Oslo. He was also the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal.
  • Asbjørn Aavik (1902 - 1997) was a Norwegian Lutheran missionary to China and writer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 27 September 2008. 

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