Tysvær within Rogaland
|• Mayor (2007)||Harald Stakkestad (H)|
|• Total||425 km2 (164 sq mi)|
|• Land||399 km2 (154 sq mi)|
|Area rank||232 in Norway|
|• Rank||112 in Norway|
|• Density||23/km2 (60/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||14.1 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1146|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Tysvær is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is part of the region of Haugaland. The municipality is located at the northern side of Boknafjord, east of Karmøy. Tysvær has a population of 9,349 (2006) and an area of 419 km². Aksdalsvatnet is a lake in this municipality.
Local administration is located at Aksdal. Tysvær has a number of scenic walks including Heggelifjellet and Kvinnesland, the source of the name Kvindesland.
The Norwegian emigration to the United States was initiated by the local Cleng Peerson. Also, the painter Lars Hertervig and Asbjørn Kloster, leader of the Norwegian temperance movement were born in Tysvær.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Tysvær farm (Old Norse: Teitsfjörðr), since the first church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of the old male name Teitr and the last element is fjörðr which means "fjord".
Coat of arms
The coat of arms is from modern times. It was granted on 3 February 1984. The arms show a silver heron on a blue background. The heron was chosen as a symbol for the municipality since there are several large colonies of herons in the municipality.
- Media related to Tysvær at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Tysvær at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Rogaland travel guide from Wikivoyage