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Sveio kommune
Coat of arms of Sveio kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sveio kommune
Hordaland within
Sveio within Hordaland
Sveio within Hordaland
Coordinates: 59°34′25″N 5°21′48″E / 59.57361°N 5.36333°E / 59.57361; 5.36333Coordinates: 59°34′25″N 5°21′48″E / 59.57361°N 5.36333°E / 59.57361; 5.36333
Country Norway
County Hordaland
District Haugaland
Administrative centre Sveio
 • Mayor (2003) Jorunn Skåden (Ap)
 • Total 246 km2 (95 sq mi)
 • Land 224 km2 (86 sq mi)
Area rank 306 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 4,687
 • Rank 203 in Norway
 • Density 21/km2 (50/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 1.1 %
Demonym Sveibu[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1216
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1951 1,954 —    
1960 1,782 −8.8%
1970 3,477 +95.1%
1980 4,216 +21.3%
1990 4,582 +8.7%
2000 4,623 +0.9%
2007 4,764 +3.0%
2008 4,825 +1.3%
2009 4,906 +1.7%
Source: Statistics Norway.

Sveio is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. Sveio is located in the traditional district of Haugaland


Geographically, Sveio is situated on the Haugaland peninsula. The administrative centre is the village of Sveio. Sveio was separated from Finnås in 1861. Vikebygd was separated from Sveio on January 1, 1902. Valestrand (and the western part of Vikebygd) was merged back into Sveio on January 1, 1964.


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the Sveio farm (Old Norse Sviða), since the first church was built there. The name is identical with the word sviða which means a "clearing made by burning". Before 1912, the name was written Sveen.[2]

Points of interest[edit]

Sveio was the site of the Ryvarden Lighthouse on Ryvardsneset, which is now converted into art galleries, the Flókemuseum and a cafe. The composer Fartein Valen lived much of his life in Valevåg in northern Sveio. Valenheimen, the house he lived in is open to the public. Fartein Valen Festival is held annually in Sveio.[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 19 February 1982. The arms show a cut fleur-de-lis, an unusual symbol, derived from the arms of Jon Gauteson from Sveio, who lived around 1500. He was the first of his family, who were incorporated in the Norwegian nobility in 1591, to use this symbol.[4]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF). Statistisk sentralbyrå.  (Norwegian)
  3. ^ Ryvarden Lighthouse (Samarbeidsrådet for Sunnhordland)
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 27 September 2008. 

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