Rennesøy

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Rennesøy kommune
Municipality
Askjesundet bru.jpg
Coat of arms of Rennesøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Rennesøy kommune
Rogaland within
Norway
Rennesøy within Rogaland
Rennesøy within Rogaland
Coordinates: 59°6′4″N 5°43′55″E / 59.10111°N 5.73194°E / 59.10111; 5.73194Coordinates: 59°6′4″N 5°43′55″E / 59.10111°N 5.73194°E / 59.10111; 5.73194
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Ryfylke
Administrative centre Vikevåg
Government
 • Mayor (2003) Jostein Eiane (KrF)
Area
 • Total 65 km2 (25 sq mi)
 • Land 65 km2 (25 sq mi)
Area rank 413 in Norway
Population (2009)
 • Total 3,921
 • Rank 256 in Norway
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 26.0 %
Demonym Rennesøybu[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1142
Official language form Neutral
Website www.rennesoy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway
Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1951 1,483 —    
1961 1,418 −4.4%
1971 2,045 +44.2%
1981 2,363 +15.6%
1991 2,578 +9.1%
2001 3,168 +22.9%
2011 4,202 +32.6%
2021? 5,961 +41.9%
2031? 7,639 +28.1%
Source: Statistics Norway.[2][3]

Rennesøy is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is part of the region of Ryfylke. The administrative center is the village of Vikevåg.

The parish of Rennesø was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Mosterøy was separated from Rennesøy on 1 July 1884. It was, however, merged back with Rennesøy on 1 January 1965 (but without Kvitsøy).

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was Rennisøy. The meaning of the first element is unknown and the last element is øy which means "island". Before 1918, the name was written "Rennesø".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 20 February 1981. The arms show two crosiers. In the present municipality one of Norway's oldest and best preserved monasteries, Utstein, is situated. Hence the choice for the crosier.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Projected population – Statistics Norway
  3. ^ Per 1 January 1965, 1142 Rennesøy and 1143 Mosterøy were merged to one municipality, 1142 Rennesøy.
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 12 October 2008. 

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