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Sokndal kommune
Coat of arms of Sokndal kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sokndal kommune
Rogaland within
Sokndal within Rogaland
Sokndal within Rogaland
Coordinates: 58°21′54″N 6°18′37″E / 58.36500°N 6.31028°E / 58.36500; 6.31028Coordinates: 58°21′54″N 6°18′37″E / 58.36500°N 6.31028°E / 58.36500; 6.31028
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Dalane
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
Population (2004)
 • Total 3,320
 • Rank 255 in Norway
 • Density 12/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -5.4 %
Demonym Sokndøl[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1111
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Sokndal is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is part of the region of Dalane.

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 fjord Jøssingfjord, known for the Altmark Incident, is also located in Sokndal. The lake Eiavatnet borders on the municipality.

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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.[2]


Lakes in the region include Grøsfjellvatnet.


Tellnes opencast Ilmenite mine

At Tellnes near Hauge i Dalane, there is an ilmenite mine run by Titania AS, supplying 10% of the world production of ilmenite. It's also the world's largest opencast ilmenite mine.


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ "Rogaland fylke". Retrieved 2008-10-12. 

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