Randaberg

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Randaberg kommune
Municipality
Grødem on Randaberg.JPG
Coat of arms of Randaberg kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Randaberg kommune
Rogaland within
Norway
Randaberg within Rogaland
Randaberg within Rogaland
Coordinates: 59°0′6″N 5°36′55″E / 59.00167°N 5.61528°E / 59.00167; 5.61528Coordinates: 59°0′6″N 5°36′55″E / 59.00167°N 5.61528°E / 59.00167; 5.61528
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Jæren
Administrative centre Randaberg
Government
 • Mayor (2008) Tone Tvedt Nybø (KRF)
Area
 • Total 25 km2 (10 sq mi)
 • Land 24 km2 (9 sq mi)
Area rank 1337 in Norway
Population (2009)
 • Total 9,867
 • Rank 114 in Norway
 • Density 377/km2 (980/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 12.7 %
Demonym Randabergsbu[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1127
Official language form Neutral
Website www.randaberg.kommune.com
Data from Statistics Norway
Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1951 2,116 —    
1961 2,884 +36.3%
1971 4,709 +63.3%
1981 6,170 +31.0%
1991 7,681 +24.5%
2001 8,762 +14.1%
2011 10,061 +14.8%
2021? 11,633 +15.6%
2031? 12,810 +10.1%
Source: Statistics Norway.[2]

Randaberg is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway, located just to the north of Stavanger. Randaberg was separated from Hetland on 1 July 1922. The northernmost conurbation of Stavanger/Sandnes can be found here.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Randaberg farm (Old Norse: Randaberg), since the first church was built there. The first element is the plural genitive case of rönd which means "edge", "brink", or "verge" and the last element is berg which means "mountain" ; however, the meaning of berg could also be "rock", or "cliff".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 26 June 1981. The arms show fourteen silver coins on a blue field. The arms are partly canting since the name is derived from rond which means "edge" and the coins are placed around the shield. The coins symbolize the ball-shaped stones found in large amounts on the beach in Randaberg.[3]

History[edit]

Some of the first inhabitants of Norway settled here, and it is believed that the first people came here around 12,000 years ago. It is thought that Svarthola (local name: Vistehålå) was the main shelter for a group of 25 persons, from around 6000 BC. These people were mainly gatherers and hunters, but from around 4000 BC they also started farming. From around 2000 BC, their main activity was farming.

Economy[edit]

Randaberg is still an active agricultural community, and produces over 80% of Norway's parsley. The first potatoes every year are grown here, and are given to the Royal Family of Norway. However, there are three suburbs where most people live: Sentrum (310 houses), Viste Hageby (315 houses), and Grødem (135 houses).

Sandestraen

Attractions[edit]

During the summer the beaches here are very popular, and among the finest in the area around Stavanger. This includes Sandestraen and Vistestraen. Hålandsvannet, a small lake, is also a popular place for swimming.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Projected population - Statistics Norway
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 9 October 2008. 

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