Vindafjord within Rogaland
|• Mayor (2006)||Ole Johan Vierdal (2011–) (Sp)|
|• Total||628 km2 (242 sq mi)|
|• Density||11/km2 (30/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-2.9 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1160|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Vindafjord was established as a new municipality on 1 January 1965 after the merger of the municipalities of Sandeid and Vats and large parts of Imsland, Skjold and Vikedal. It was further significantly enlarged from on 1 January 2006 when it merged with the neighboring municipality of Ølen which was a few years earlier transferred from Hordaland county to Rogaland county.
The municipality (created in 1965) are named after the fjord Vindafjorden. The first element is probably derived from the verb vinda which means "turn" or "twist" referring to the sharp turn of the fjord at Dragneset.
The coat-of-arms is a recent mix from 2006 when Ølen and Vindafjord were merged. The design is taken from the old coat-of-arms of Ølen and the colurs are from the old arms of Vindafjord. The design of the arms show in a symbolized way all the roads that come together in the municipality. The municipality thus is an important centre of trade.
- Media related to Vindafjord at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Vindafjord at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Rogaland travel guide from Wikivoyage