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Tysnes kommune
The harbour in Våge
The harbour in Våge
Coat of arms of Tysnes kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Tysnes kommune
Hordaland within
Tysnes within Hordaland
Tysnes within Hordaland
Coordinates: 59°59′54″N 5°34′38″E / 59.99833°N 5.57722°E / 59.99833; 5.57722Coordinates: 59°59′54″N 5°34′38″E / 59.99833°N 5.57722°E / 59.99833; 5.57722
Country Norway
County Hordaland
District Sunnhordland
Administrative centre Uggdal
 • Mayor (2011) Kjetil Hestad (Ap)
 • Total 255 km2 (98 sq mi)
 • Land 245 km2 (95 sq mi)
Area rank 299 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,812
 • Rank 284 in Norway
 • Density 11/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -2.0 %
Demonym Tysnesing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1223
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.tysnes.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway
Mirror Lake Tysnes Hordaland Norway photo
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1951 3,866 —    
1960 3,559 −7.9%
1970 3,019 −15.2%
1980 2,774 −8.1%
1990 2,915 +5.1%
2000 2,843 −2.5%
2007 2,753 −3.2%
2008 2,773 +0.7%
2009 2,792 +0.7%
Source: Statistics Norway.

Tysnes is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Sunnhordland. The administrative centre is the village of Uggdal.

The parish of Tysnæs was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The municipality consists of a group of islands, located south of Bergen where the Hardangerfjord and the coastal archipelago meet. The largest of these islands, named Tysnesøy or just Tysnes, can be reached from the mainland either by ferry to the town of Våge in the north of the island or by the bridge constructed on the eastern side of the island.[citation needed]

General information[edit]

The name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) are named after the Tysnes farm (Old Norse Týsnes), since the first church was built here. The first element is the genitive case of the name of the god Tyr and the last element is nes which means "headland".

This is probably the only place in Norway named after the god Tyr. It is interesting to note that several place names around the farm also have sacred meanings: Ve (holy place), Helgastein (holy rock), Godøy (the god's island), and Vevatnet (the holy lake). The old name of the big island of Tysnesøy was Njarðarlǫg (the district of the god Njord). Recently, a sun phenomenon connected to the original Tysnes headland has been discovered, and this seems to be the starting-point of the sacral name complex.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 28 October 1971. The arms are derived from the seal of the medieval Onarheim guild. Onarheim is a town on Tysnes island, and was formally a Viking Age center of power in Sunnhordland, now part of Tysnes municipality. It is two crossed silver axes on a blue background. The chevron was added to the municipal arms to distinguish it from the medieval arms.[2]


  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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