Å, Åfjord

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Å
Åfjord / Å i Åfjord / Årnes
Village
Aarnes i Aafjord.jpg
Å is located in Sør-Trøndelag
Å
Å
Å is located in Norway
Å
Å
Location in Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°58′02″N 10°13′07″E / 63.96722°N 10.21861°E / 63.96722; 10.21861Coordinates: 63°58′02″N 10°13′07″E / 63.96722°N 10.21861°E / 63.96722; 10.21861
Country Norway
Region Trøndelag
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Fosen
Municipality Åfjord
Area[1]
 • Total 1.3 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 25 m (82 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 1,162
 • Density 894/km2 (2,320/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 7170 Åfjord

Å is a village in the municipality of Åfjord in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. The village is also called Årnes or Å i Åfjord or just Åfjord. It is the administrative center of the municipality. The village is located at the end of the Åfjorden, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of the village of By. The lake Stordalsvatnet lies just east of the village.[3] The 1.3-square-kilometre (320-acre) village has a population of 1,162.[1] Åfjord church is located in Å, just west of the Nordalselva river.

Name[edit]

The village is named after the old Aa farm, first referenced in 1329 as "Aom". The name "Aa" (Old Norse: Ár) comes from the plural of á which means "(small) river", probably because two rivers run together beneath the farm.[4] With the Norwegian spelling reforms in the early 20th century, the letter "Aa" was changed to "Å". On 13 July 1934, the name of the municipality was changed from "Å" to "Åfjord". Since then, the administrative centre in the municipality was referred to as "Å i Åfjord". On 1 November 1980, the postal service changed the name from "Å i Åfjord" to "Årnes".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  2. ^ "Åfjord" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Å – Åfjord" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 23.