View of the village
|• Total||4.04 km2 (1.56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||94 m (308 ft)|
|• Density||2,212/km2 (5,730/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|Post Code||4330 Ålgård|
Ålgård (historic: Aalgaard) is the administrative centre of Gjesdal municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The village is located along the European route E39 highway, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of the city of Sandnes in the Jæren district of the county. The village includes the neighborhoods of Ålgård, Bærland, Fiskebekk, Opstad and Solås. The large lake Edlandsvatnet lies on the south side of the village, emptying into the river Figgjoelva which runs northwest to Sandnes.
Ålgård is mostly known for the Kongeparken amusement park, an old wool mill, and a local football team (Ålgård F.K.) playing in the Norwegian Second Division. The Old Ålgård Church (built in 1917) and the new Ålgård Church (built in 2015) are both located in the village. There is significant industries in Ålgård, primarily the wood, textile, and clothing industries.
The 4.04-square-kilometre (1,000-acre) village has a population (2015) of 8,938; which gives the village a population density of 2,212 inhabitants per square kilometre (5,730/sq mi). The village of Figgjo, located in neighboring Sandnes municipality sits directly adjacent to Ålgård, just over the municipal border. Statistics Norway considers Ålgård/Figgjo to be one large urban area straddling two municipalities. Together, Ålgård/Figgjo has 10,956 residents.
Ålgård Station, a former railway station for Ålgårdbanen
Ålgård Church was built in 1917. The architect was Ole Stein.
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