View of the Nidelva river through Blakstad
|• Total||2.4 km2 (0.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||58 m (190 ft)|
|• Density||1,204/km2 (3,120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Blakstad or Blakstad-Osedalen is a village which is also the administrative centre of the municipality of Froland in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It is located along the river Nidelva, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northwest of the town of Arendal (where many residents of Blakstad work and shop). The small village of Froland lies about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the north, on the west side of the river, and that is where Froland Church is located.
Originally, Blakstad was the village on the eastern shore of the river and the village of Osedalen was located on the western side of the river. Over the years, the two villages grew together and now form one large village. The 2.4-square-kilometre (590-acre) village of Blakstad-Osedalen has a population (2016) of 2,890 which gives the village a population density of 1,204 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,120/sq mi).
The Arendalsbanen railway line, a branch of the Sørlandsbanen railway line, and part of the Norwegian State Railways stops at the Blakstad Station. The Norwegian County Road 42 and Norwegian County Road 408 also run through the village.
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