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Bokn kommune
Coat of arms of Bokn kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Bokn kommune
Rogaland within
Bokn within Rogaland
Bokn within Rogaland
Coordinates: 59°12′01″N 05°25′23″E / 59.20028°N 5.42306°E / 59.20028; 5.42306Coordinates: 59°12′01″N 05°25′23″E / 59.20028°N 5.42306°E / 59.20028; 5.42306
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Haugaland
Administrative centre Føresvik
 • Mayor (2015) Tormod Våga (Centre Party)
 • Total 47.16 km2 (18.21 sq mi)
 • Land 44.56 km2 (17.20 sq mi)
 • Water 2.60 km2 (1.00 sq mi)
Area rank 417 in Norway
Population (2015)
 • Total 865
 • Rank 414 in Norway
 • Density 19.4/km2 (50/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 12.5 %
Demonym(s) Boknar[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1145
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway

Bokn is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Haugaland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Føresvik, the only urban area in Bokn. Other villages in Bokn include Arsvågen, Trosnavåg, and Loten. The island municipality is mostly located on the three islands of Ognøya, Vestre Bokn, and Austre Bokn. All three main islands are connected to the mainland via a network of bridges.

General information[edit]

View of Vestre Bokn island
View of Bokn Church

The municipality of Bokn (historically spelled Bukken) was established in 1849 when it was separated from the large municipality of Skudenes. Initially, Bokn had 1,035 residents. The borders of Bokn have not changed since that time.[2]


The municipality is named after the islands of Austre Bokn and Vestre Bokn (Old Norse: Bókn). The name is probably very old and its meaning is unknown. Before 1889, the name was written "Bukken".[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 8 August 1986. The arms are blue with six silver/white circles in the shape of a triangle. The blue background represents the sea and the 6 circles represent silver coins, which symbolize the richness from the sea since it is an island municipality and therefore dependent on fishing and sailing.[4]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Bokn. It is part of the Haugaland deanery in the Diocese of Stavanger.

Churches in Bokn
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Bokn Bokn Church Føresvik 1847

Buildings and structures[edit]

There is a 168-metre (551 ft) tall guyed mast for FM-/TV-broadcasting at located at 59°13′13″N 5°25′42″E / 59.220156°N 5.428281°E / 59.220156; 5.428281.


Aerial view of the islands of Bokn

The island municipality of Bokn is located on the northern side of the Boknafjorden, at the southern end of the Karmsundet strait. The island of Karmøy lies to the west and the mainland of Tysvær is located to the northeast. The island municipality of Kvitsøy lies south of Bokn and the island municipality of Rennesøy lies to the southeast of Bokn.

Bokn is one of the smallest municipalities in Rogaland, consisting of three main islands: Ognøya, Austre Bokn, and Vestre Bokn. There are also some smaller, uninhabited islands surrounding the main islands.

The islands are rugged with lots of small hills with small lakes in the valleys. The hills are largely covered with heather, but bushes and trees are increasingly competing, especially birch. The highest point is the 297-metre (974 ft) high Boknafjellet, a small mountain on Vestre Bokn island.


Climate data for Foresvik, Bokn
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 1.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 120
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[5]


View of Austre Bokn island

All municipalities in Norway, including Bokn, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Bokn is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to every four years. For 2015–2019, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Bokn Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 3
  Conservative Party Høgre 5
  Christian Democratic Party Kristelig Folkeparti 1
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 8
Total number of members: 17


Bridge connecting Austre and Vestre Bokn islands

The three islands of Bokn are now linked via bridges to Tysvær municipality on the mainland. These bridges are part of the European route E39 highway and they are part of the main coastal highway between the cities of Stavanger and Bergen. There is a ferry connection southward across the Boknafjorden to Rennesøy which is connected by road to Stavanger. The planned Rogfast undersea tunnel will directly connect both sides of the Boknafjorden from Stavanger to Bokn, with a planned completion date of 2023.


Apart from a factory producing various tanks made of glassfiber-reinforced plastic (Bokn Plast), there is no industry on the islands other than some fish farming. People have traditionally lived off fishing and farming, but more recently, some work has been in the North Sea petroleum industry. Tourism is likely to play a bigger part in the future.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1915). Norske gaardnavne: Stavanger amt (in Norwegian) (10 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 430. 
  4. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  5. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 
  6. ^ "Det nye kommunestyret" (in Norwegian). Bokn kommune. 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Bokn at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of Bokn at Wiktionary
  • Rogaland travel guide from Wikivoyage