Evje

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Evje kommune
Former Municipality
View of the local church
View of the local church
Evje kommune is located in Aust-Agder
Evje kommune
Evje kommune
Evje kommune is located in Norway
Evje kommune
Evje kommune
Location of the municipality
Coordinates: 58°35′06″N 07°48′30″E / 58.58500°N 7.80833°E / 58.58500; 7.80833Coordinates: 58°35′06″N 07°48′30″E / 58.58500°N 7.80833°E / 58.58500; 7.80833
Country Norway
Region Southern Norway
County Aust-Agder
District Setesdal
Municipality ID NO-0937
Adm. Center Evje
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Created from Evje og Vegusdal in 1877
Merged into Evje og Hornnes in 1960

Evje is former municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. The municipality was located in what is now the eastern part of the present-day municipality of Evje og Hornnes in the Setesdal valley region. The administrative centre was the village of Evje where the Evje Church is located.[1] The lake Høvringsvatnet is located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northeast of the village.

History[edit]

The municipality of Evje was created by the split of the municipality of Evje og Vegusdal into Evje (population: 870) and Vegusdal (population: 935) on 1 January 1877. Then, on 1 January 1960, Evje (population: 1,646) was merged with the neighboring municipality of Hornnes (population: 1,280) to form the new municipality of Evje og Hornnes.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) of Evje is named after an old Evje farm (Old Norse: Efja), since the first church was built there. The name is identical with the word efja which means "eddy", probably referring to the nearby river Otra.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2009-02-15). "Evje – tidligere kommune". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 193. 

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