Hamre, Osterøy

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View of the local church
View of the local church
Hamre is located in Hordaland
Hamre is located in Norway
Location in Hordaland county
Coordinates: 60°32′47″N 05°21′30″E / 60.54639°N 5.35833°E / 60.54639; 5.35833Coordinates: 60°32′47″N 05°21′30″E / 60.54639°N 5.35833°E / 60.54639; 5.35833
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Hordaland
District Nordhordland
Municipality Osterøy
 • Total 0.24 km2 (0.09 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 16 m (52 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 205
 • Density 854/km2 (2,210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 5281 Valestrandsfossen

Hamre is a village in the municipality of Osterøy in Hordaland county, Norway. The village of Hamre is located near the extreme western point on the island of Osterøy, across the Osterfjorden from the village of Knarvik. Hamre sits about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of the village of Valestrandfossen. The 0.24-square-kilometre (59-acre) village has a population (2013) of 205, giving the village a population density of 854 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,210/sq mi).[1] Hamre village was the administrative centre of the former municipality of Hamre, which existed from 1838 until 1964.


Findings from the Stone Age suggest that people have been living in Hamre and the surrounding area for more than 3,500 years. Hamre Church was built in the village in 1622. An inscription on the old main entrance states the church could be dated back to 1585. There had previously been a stave church at this site dating from about the year 1024. The stave church was demolished when the present church was built. The church was partially rebuilt in 1859 and restored in 1945 and 1949. There is the baptismal font made of soapstone, which is dated from around the year 1250.[3]


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