View of the river that runs through the town
|Municipalities||Time and Klepp|
|• Total||5.13 km2 (1.98 sq mi)|
|Elevation||30 m (100 ft)|
|• Density||2,255/km2 (5,840/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|Post Code||4340 Bryne|
Bryne (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈb̥ʁyːnə] ( listen)) is a town in Time municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The town is the administrative centre of the municipality of Time and it is also one of the 50 largest towns/cities in Norway. Bryne's location in the prospering region of Stavanger/Sandnes and excellent road and rail links make Bryne an attractive area for commuters. The town is expanding rapidly and there have been reports of problems with schooling capacity. Bryne Church is located in the centre of the town and Time Church is located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) east of the town.
Bryne is located on the southern shores of the lake Frøylandsvatnet, about 25 minutes south of the city of Stavanger by train. The 5.13-square-kilometre (1,270-acre) town has a population (2015) of 11,569 of which 9,935 live in Time with the remaining 1,634 people living just over the municipal border in Klepp municipality. The population density of Bryne is 2,255 inhabitants per square kilometre (5,840/sq mi).
The village of Bryne was founded as Thime Stasjon, since this was the location of the Thime Station along the Jærbanen railroad going from Stavanger to Egersund. The small village was one of many popping up around the new stations on the railroad that was completed in 1878. A new chapel was soon built, as well as a store, a wool processing facility and a dairy farm.
Several industries related to agriculture also emerged, producing ploughs, mowers, and harvesting equipment. Many years later in 1949, the first excavator in Europe with complete hydraulic transmission of power, the Brøyt, was introduced by the two brothers Kristian and Ingebret Søyland. Also the company Tralfa developed the world's first spray paint robot, today run by ABB.
Gradually, Bryne developed into a regional education center, with a dairy school established in 1906, the National Grammar School (Rogaland Landsgymnas) in 1924, and later a vocational school was also established. In 1921, the name of Thime Station was changed to Bryne by referendum. Bryne has since grown rapidly to become Jæren's most densely populated rural area and a regional trade center. On 1 January 2001, the municipality granted Bryne town status, the 49th largest settlement in Norway at the time.
Bryne has three shopping malls. They are Torgsenteret, Brynetorget, and M44 which is the newest and second largest in Rogaland. There is also a shopping street called Storgata ("Main Street") where there are several clothing shops, book shops, and sports wear shops, including special designer clothes shops that sell wares that can only be found in here.
Fritz Røed Park
The Fritz Røed Park was officially opened 1 October 2004. It is a collection of sculptures made by the famous sculptor Fritz Røed, who was born in Bryne. The sculptures are all placed in and around a beautiful river flowing through the park.
The Garborg Centre (Norwegian: "Nasjonalt Garborgsenter") opened in 2012. It is a museum and educational centre dedicated to the author couple Arne Garborg and Hulda Garborg. It aims to encourage people’s interest for the ideas and visions of the two authors. The centre will encourage visitors to take a more active part in today’s society, and inspire them to read and develop their own creativity.
Bryne Mølle (Bryne Mill) is an old mill now used for concerts and art exhibitions. The Ranglerock Festival is an annual rockfestival that has been arranged in there since 2005.
The town's football team, Bryne F.K., played in the Norwegian premier league 1976-1988, and 2000–2003, and now plays in Adeccoligaen. In 1987 the team won the National Football Cup, and was in the final in 2001.