|Administrative centre||Hauge i Dalene|
|• Mayor (2011-2015)||Trond Arne Pedersen (Krf)|
|• Total||295 km2 (114 sq mi)|
|• Land||267 km2 (103 sq mi)|
|Area rank||279 in Norway|
|• Rank||255 in Norway|
|• Density||12/km2 (30/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-5.4 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1111|
|Official language form||Neutral|
The parish of Soggendal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The small lading place of Sogndal was separated from Sokndal as a municipality of its own in 1858, but again merged with Sokndal in 1944.
Sogndalstrand is a picturesque, old fishing village, which may have inspired the municipality in becoming Norway's first member of Cittaslow.
The Old Norse form of the name was Sóknardalr. The first element is the genitive case of the river name Sókn (now Sokna) and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The river name is derived from the verb sœkja which means "seek" and so the meaning is "the river which seeks (finds/forces) its way". Before 1918, the name was written "Sogndal".
(See also Sogndal)
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 8 July 1988. The arms show three pickaxes to symbolize the importance of mining and agriculture in the municipality. It was designed by Johan Digernes of Haugesund.
Lakes in the region include Grøsfjellvatnet.
- Media related to Sokndal at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Sokndal at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Rogaland travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Sokndal (Norwegian)
- A presentation of Sokndal Municipality
- Google map satellite views:
- Hauge i Dalane, also clearly visible is the large rock quarry on both sites of the Rekefjord.
- The Titania open pit mine (top right) and the Jøssingfjord (bottom left)