Vindafjord

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Vindafjord kommune
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Vindafjord kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Vindafjord kommune
Rogaland within
Norway
Vindafjord within Rogaland
Vindafjord within Rogaland
Coordinates: 59°32′44″N 5°49′5″E / 59.54556°N 5.81806°E / 59.54556; 5.81806Coordinates: 59°32′44″N 5°49′5″E / 59.54556°N 5.81806°E / 59.54556; 5.81806
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Haugaland
Administrative centre Ølen
Government
 • Mayor (2006) Ole Johan Vierdal (2011–) (Sp)
Area
 • Total 628 km2 (242 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 8,182
 • Density 11/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -2.9 %
Demonym Vindafjording[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1160
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.vindafjord.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Vindafjord is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Haugaland.

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.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

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.

Coat-of-arms[edit]

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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 12 October 2008. 

External links[edit]

Map of Vindafjord