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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.


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]


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]


  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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