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.
Niels Henrik Abel, mathematician, was born here in 1802
- Statistics Norway (2006). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality. 1 January 2006".
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