View of the local church in Nodeland
|• Total||104 km2 (40 sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|Created from||Søgne in 1913|
|Merged into||Songdalen in 1964|
Greipstad is a former municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. The 104-square-kilometre (40 sq mi) municipality existed from 1913 until its dissolution in 1964. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Nodeland where the Greipstad Church is located. The municipality encompassed the southeastern part of the present-day municipality of Songdalen.
The municipality of Greipstad was established on 1 July 1913 when it was separated from the municipality of Søgne to form a municipality of its own. Initially, the municipality had a population of 822 residents. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Greipstad (population: 2,061) was dissolved and it was merged together with most of the neighboring municipality of Finsland, excluding the area around Kleveland bru, (population: 797) and with the Eikeland area of Øvrebø municipality (population: 39) to form the new municipality of Songdalen.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Greipstad farm (Old Norse: Greipsstaðir), since that was the site of Greipstad Church. The first element of the name comes from the male name, Greipr, and the last element is stad which means "place".
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- Weather information for Greipstad (in Norwegian)