Søgne

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Søgne kommune
Municipality
Høllen harbor in Søgne
Høllen harbor in Søgne
Coat of arms of Søgne kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Søgne kommune
Vest-Agder within
Norway
Søgne within Vest-Agder
Søgne within Vest-Agder
Coordinates: 58°5′39″N 7°46′21″E / 58.09417°N 7.77250°E / 58.09417; 7.77250Coordinates: 58°5′39″N 7°46′21″E / 58.09417°N 7.77250°E / 58.09417; 7.77250
Country Norway
County Vest-Agder
District Sørlandet
Administrative centre Søgne
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Solveig Kjelland Larsen (AP)
Area
 • Total 151 km2 (58 sq mi)
 • Land 143 km2 (55 sq mi)
Area rank 357 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 10,509
 • Rank 109 in Norway
 • Density 66/km2 (170/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 18.1 %
Demonym Søgnesokning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1018
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.sogne.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Søgne is a municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. Søgne was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Greipstad was separated from Søgne on 1 July 1913.

It is a coastal municipality, with a long stretch of coastline to the south. To the east, it borders the municipality of Kristiansand, to the north and north-east Marnardal and Songdalen, and to the west Mandal.

As opposed to the other municipalities of Vest-Agder, Søgne has not gone through a municipal merger in recent times. On the contrary, Greipstad was separated from Søgne in 1913 (and in 1964 merged with Finsland into Songdalen. The population of Søgne was 10 509 as of 1 January 2010.

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Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Søgne farm (Old Norse Sygna), since the first church was built there. The farm is named after the river Sygna (now Søgneelva) and the name of the river is derived from the verb súga which means "suck".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 24 May 1985. The arms show two typical road signs (varder), made of stones, which in historical times were used to mark the paths and tracks. Two of the largest of these signs are found in the municipality, and were already mentioned in the early 17th century. According to legend, they were already built by King Olaf II of Norway (Heilag-Olav), in the 11th century.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 27 September 2008. 

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