Map of the 8 boroughs of the city of Bergen
|• Total||68.82 km2 (26.57 sq mi)|
|15.2% of city|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Rank||3rd in city|
|• Density||580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|14.8% of total|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-120108|
Åsane is connected to downtown Bergen by the E16/E39 highway. The E16 highway continues on through Åsane to the southeast to the neighboring borough of Arna. The E39 highway continues north through Åsane to the Nordhordland Bridge and then on to the northern municipalities in Hordaland county. There are plans to shorten the E39 highway through Åsane, including the construction of two tunnels: Eikås Tunnel (start of construction 2010) and the Nyborg Tunnel (still in the planning stages). Most buses passing through Åsane stop at the centrally located Åsane Terminal.
The area that is now the borough of Åsane was historically called Aasene and it was a parish in the large municipality of Hamre from 1838 until 1 January 1904, when it was separated from Hamre to become a separate municipality. The new municipality of Åsane existed from then until 1 January 1972 when it was merged with the city of Bergen (along with the other neighboring municipalities of Arna, Fana, and Laksevåg). The Åsane area a primarily agricultural area until the 1960s-1970s when it was built up into a suburb of the city of Bergen. Centrally located in Åsane are the Gullgruven and Åsane Storsenter shopping centres, including a large IKEA store. Bergen Trotting track and Eikås Motorsport Centre are located at Haukås. The Bergen Jail is located at Hylkje in Åsane.
Villages and neighborhoods
The borough is somewhat rural in nature with several large developed villages and neighborhoods separated by forested mountains. Some of the larger village areas include Eidsvåg, Tertnes, Flaktveit, Hordvik and Hylkje.
Culture and sport
Åsane Fotball (soccer) is Norway's largest sports club. Its senior team plays in the second division.
Tertnes (part of Åsane) handball team, are one of the best handball teams in Norway, and are currently playing in the elite division.
- Andreas Bakkerud (1991), racing driver
- Roald Bruun-Hansen (1962), footballer, Sports Manager SK Brann, former manager The Football Association of Norway (NFF)
- Mette Davidsen (1976), handball player
- Trude Gundersen (1977), Olympic silver medal winner in taekwondo
- Helge Haugen (1982), footballer
- Heikki Holmås (1972), politician
- Stig Holmås (1946), author
- Helge Jordal (1946), actor
- Kurt Nilsen (1978), musician and winner of Idol (Norway) and World Idol
- Nathalie Nordnes (1984), musician
- Arne Sandstø (1966), football coach
- Kenneth Storvik (1972), footballer
- Anders Styve (1974), boxer
- Alex Marcel Valencia (1979), footballer
- Lars Vaular (1984), rapper