Marnardal within Vest-Agder
|• Mayor (2007)||Helge Sandåker (Ap)|
|• Total||395 km2 (153 sq mi)|
|• Land||376 km2 (145 sq mi)|
|Area rank||239 in Norway|
|• Rank||324 in Norway|
|• Density||6/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-0.5 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1021|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Marnardal is a municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. Marnardal was created as a new municipality on 1 January 1964 through the merger of the former municipalities of Bjelland, Laudal, and Øyslebø.
It is an inland municipality, bordering in the north on Evje og Hornnes municipality in Aust-Agder county, Audnedal municipality in the west, Lindesnes, Mandal, and Søgne in the south, and Songdalen and Vennesla in the east.
The name is a revival (from 1965) of the Old Norse form Marnardalr. The first element is the genitive case of the river name Mǫrn (now Mandalselva), the last element is dalr meaning 'dale, valley'. The meaning of the river name is unknown (maybe derived from marr which means 'sea').
See also > Mandal
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 19 June 1987. The arms show three pine cones, one for each of the three former municipalities of Bjelland, Laudal, and Øyslebø, which were merged into Marnardal.
- Media related to Marnardal at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Marnardal at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Vest-Agder travel guide from Wikivoyage