Samnanger within Hordaland
|• Mayor (1999)||Marit A. Aase (KrF)|
|• Total||269.07 km2 (103.89 sq mi)|
|• Land||257.47 km2 (99.41 sq mi)|
|• Water||11.6 km2 (4.5 sq mi)|
|Area rank||290 in Norway|
|• Rank||305 in Norway|
|• Density||9.5/km2 (25/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||4.5 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1242|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Samnanger is a municipality in the Midhordland region of Hordaland county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Tysse. Other main villages in the municipality include Haga and Årland. The municipality is located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the city of Bergen, Norway's second largest city. It surrounds the inner part of the Samnangerfjorden and the surrounding valleys. There are mountains that surround the municipality. The development of hydroelectric power plants started here in 1909.
The municipality of Samnanger was established on 1 January 1907 when it was separated from the municipality of Os on 1 January 1907. Initially, Samnanger had 3,025 residents. The borders of the municipality have not changed since that time.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 27 April 1990. It shows six yellow drops of water on a red field. Water was chosen as a symbol on the arms because of the wet climate and the source of hydroelectricity that is prevalent in the area. The designer of the arms was Even Jarl Skoglund.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
All municipalities in Norway, including Samnanger, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Christian Democratic Party||Kristelig Folkeparti||4|
|Local Lists||Lokale lister||3|
|Total number of members:||21|
|Source: Statistics Norway.|
Samnanger lies at the inner end of the Samnangerfjorden. The municipalities of Fusa and Os lie to the south, Bergen is to the west, Vaksdal is to the north, and Kvam is the to the east. Samnanger lies on the mainland of Norway, but its western parts lie on the Bergen Peninsula—a large peninsula connected to the mainland by a small isthmus of land running between Trengereid and Årland.
The Gullfjellet mountains lie along the western border of the municipality. The mountain Sveningen lies at the tripoint border with Samnanger, Bergen, and Os. The Kvamskogen mountain plateau lies along the eastern border of the municipality.
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