|• Mayor (2007)||Roar Jonstang (H)|
|• Total||61 km2 (24 sq mi)|
|• Land||60 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Area rank||415 in Norway|
|• Rank||44 in Norway|
|• Density||343/km2 (890/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||8.6 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0722|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
The parish of Nøtterø was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Two islands were later transferred from the municipality of Stokke to Nøtterøy: Håøya (in 1901) and Veierland (in 1964).
The whole municipality is made up of a small island group south of Tønsberg municipality, including the islands of Nøtterøy, Føynland, Veierland, and about 175 smaller islands. Nøtterøy includes the villages of Borgheim, Glomstein, Teie, and Torød. As 2010, 16,418 of the municipality lived within the town of Tønsberg, an urban area shared between the two municipalities.
The Old Norse form of the name was Njótarvin (Njotarin) from Njót and vin. The name of the island "Njót" and "vin" meaning pastures or farm. The name is probably derived from the verb njóta which means to "enjoy" or "benefit from" (referring to fishing or agriculture). Prior to 1918, the name was spelled "Nøtterø".
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 24 October 1986. The arms show a silver anchor on a blue background. It is an appropriate symbol for the municipality which consists of islands and is dependent on fishing and sailing. The anchor was already used in the 17th century as a local symbol.
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- "Tettsteder. Folkemengde og areal, etter kommune. 1.januar 2011." (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Rygh, Oluf (1907). Norske gaardnavne: Jarlsberg og Larviks amt (6 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 233. (Norwegian)
- Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- Media related to Nøtterøy at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Nøtterøy at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Vestfold travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Remnants of the German gun battery from WW2