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Nedstrand is a village and a former municipality in Rogaland county, Norway.

The village is located on the south-eastern coast of Nedstrandhalvøya, and its population is 241 (2008).[1]

Nærstrand was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt), which encompassed the parishes Hinderaa (Hinderå) and Sjærnerø, located on the northern (mainland) and southern (islands) bank of Nedstrandfjorden, respectively. The districts split in 1868 to create two separate municipalities, with a population of 1,680 in Hinderaa and 922 in Sjærnerø. In 1881 the name of Hinderaa was changed to Nerstrand, and between 1910 and 1920 it was changed to Nedstrand.

Together with parts of Avaldsnes, Skjold, Vats and Vikedal, Nedstrand (pop: 1,200) was merged into Tysvær on January 1, 1965.

In 1983, the rig Alexander L. Kielland was scuttled in the Nedstrand fjord after it had capsized in the Norwegian North Sea in 1980 killing 123 people.

Famous residents[edit]

Osmund Osmundson, the founder of Nerstrand, Minnesota

Rudi "Njål" London, Recording artist/Photo journalist/Author, born July 7, 1949 at Nedre Helle, Nedstrand, Norway, moved to Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A., in 1980 and became an U.S. citizen in 1988.

Niels Henrik Abel, mathematician, was born here in 1802


Coordinates: 59°20′46″N 5°51′19″E / 59.3461°N 5.85528°E / 59.3461; 5.85528