Fana (municipality)

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Fana kommune
Former Municipality
View of Nordåsvannet seen from Gamlehaugen (north)
View of Nordåsvannet seen from Gamlehaugen (north)
Fana kommune is located in Hordaland
Fana kommune
Fana kommune
Location in Hordaland county
Coordinates: 60°18′58″N 05°21′15″E / 60.31611°N 5.35417°E / 60.31611; 5.35417Coordinates: 60°18′58″N 05°21′15″E / 60.31611°N 5.35417°E / 60.31611; 5.35417
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Hordaland
District Midhordland
Municipality ID NO-1249
Adm. Center Nesttun
 • Total 204 km2 (79 sq mi)
Population (1972)
 • Total 44,402
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Created as Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Merged into Bergen in 1972

Fana is a former municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. The municipality was located in the central part of the Bergen Peninsula, south of the city of Bergen. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Nesttun. The roughly 200-square-kilometre (77 sq mi) municipality existed from 1838 until 1972 when it had 44,402 residents, making it one of the most populous municipalities in the nation. The area of the former municipality encompassed southern half of the present-day municipality of Bergen, it specifically included the present-day boroughs of Fyllingsdalen, Ytrebygda, and Fana, as well as the southern part of Årstad.[1]


The parish of "Fane" was established as a formannskapsdistrikt, the predecessor of today's municipalities ("kommune"), on 1 January 1838. The spelling was later changed to "Fana". In 1879, a small area of Fana (population: 18) was transferred to the Laksevåg area of the neighboring municipality of Askøy. On 12 August 1955, the northern part of the Fyllingsdalen valley in Fana (population: 1,590) was sold to the city of Bergen for 1.5 million kr. This gave the city a lot of room to grow. On 1 January 1966, another small border adjustment took place. A small part of Fana located along the lake Ortuvatnet in Fyllingsdalen (population: 4) was transferred to the city of Bergen.

On 1 January 1972, the municipality of Fana (population: 44,402) was merged into the city of Bergen in addition to the other neighboring municipalities of Arna, Laksevåg, and Åsane, forming a much larger city-municipality of Bergen.[2]