Åsane

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Åsane bydel
Borough
Coat of arms of Åsane bydel
Coat of arms
Map of the 8 boroughs of the city of Bergen
Map of the 8 boroughs of the city of Bergen
Coordinates: 60°27′49″N 05°19′19″E / 60.46361°N 5.32194°E / 60.46361; 5.32194Coordinates: 60°27′49″N 05°19′19″E / 60.46361°N 5.32194°E / 60.46361; 5.32194
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Hordaland
City Bergen
Area
 • Total 68.82 km2 (26.57 sq mi)
Area rank 3rd
  15.2% of city
Population (1 January 2014)
 • Total 40,146
 • 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 a borough of the city of Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway. The borough makes up the northern part of the city, north of the city centre.[1]

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.[1]

History[edit]

View of Åsane

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.

Geography[edit]

Åsane lies on a peninsula surrounded by the Byfjorden, Salhusfjorden, and Sørfjorden. The 486-metre (1,594 ft) tall mountain Veten is located in the central part of the peninsula.

Villages and Neighborhoods[edit]

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[edit]

Åsane has produced two well-known bands, Salhuskvintetten and Vinskvetten, formerly known as "Salhusvinskvetten". Kurt Nilsen's former band Breed is also from Åsane.

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.

Notable residents[edit]

View of Tertnes (foreground)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Åsane" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-10-19. 

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