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Høvåg kommune
Former Municipality
Høvåg in Lillesand
Høvåg in Lillesand
Coordinates: 58°10′11″N 08°14′50″E / 58.16972°N 8.24722°E / 58.16972; 8.24722Coordinates: 58°10′11″N 08°14′50″E / 58.16972°N 8.24722°E / 58.16972; 8.24722
Country Norway
County Aust-Agder
District Sørlandet
Municipality ID NO-0927
Adm. Center Høvåg
 • Total 77 km2 (30 sq mi)
Created from Vestre Moland in 1865
Merged with Lillesand in 1962

Høvåg is a village and former municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It is located in the present-day municipality of Lillesand in the Sørlandet region.

Old coastal settlements in the Høvåg district include Ulvøysund, Gamle Hellesund, Skottevig, Kjøbmannsvig and Ågerøy. The village of Høvåg is located midway between Lillesand and Kristiansand and has a population of 200.[1]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Høvaag farm (Old Norse: Høyvágar). The first element is høy which means "hay" and the last element is vágr which means "bay".[2]


The municipality of Høvaag was created in 1865 when the municipality of Vestre Moland was split into Høvåg (population: 2,069) and Vestre Moland (population: 2,167). On 1 January 1962, the municipalities of Høvåg (population: 1,330), Vestre Moland, and Lillesand, along with the Gitmark farm area of Eide were merged to form an enlarged Lillesand municipality.[3]

Høvåg Church

Høvåg Church[edit]

Høvåg Church (Høvåg kirke) is located in Høvåg parish in Vest-Nedenes deanery. It is constructed of brick and was built ca. 1100 - 1150. The church uses a cruciform floor plan and has 400 seats. Nave is shaped like a T with the altar in the center. In 1723, the congregation started a project to expand, maintain and refurbish the church. The west wing was joined in 1768, the north wing, which is the current main entrance was built in 1828. The tower came in 1831. [4]

The altarpiece is a triptych representing faith, hope and love. It is from about 1620 and was completed by an unknown artist. The pulpit is from about 1660. Around 1900 the altarpiece was painted white, but in 1935 it was restored to the present form. The pictures on the pulpit is of the four evangelists.[5]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics Norway (1 January 2007). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality". Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. 
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 155. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ "Høvåg kirke". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Høvåg kirke". Den norske kirke. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 

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