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Herad kommune
Former Municipality
Herad kommune is located in Vest-Agder
Herad kommune
Herad kommune
Herad kommune is located in Norway
Herad kommune
Herad kommune
Location of the municipality
Coordinates: 58°09′22″N 06°47′43″E / 58.15611°N 6.79528°E / 58.15611; 6.79528Coordinates: 58°09′22″N 06°47′43″E / 58.15611°N 6.79528°E / 58.15611; 6.79528
Country Norway
Region Southern Norway
County Vest-Agder
District Lister
Municipality ID NO-1039
Adm. Center Sande
 • Total 85 km2 (33 sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Created as Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Merged into Farsund in 1965

Herad is a former municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. The 85-square-kilometre (33 sq mi) municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 1965. The municipality encompassed the area northeast of the lake Framvaren inside the present-day municipality of Farsund. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Sande where the Herad Church is located.[1]


The municipality (originally the parish) was named Herred (Old Norse: Herað) which means "village" or "hamlet". The spelling of the name was changed to Herad during the late 19th century as part of Norwegian spelling reforms.[2][1]


The parish of Herred was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 17 October 1893, the southern district of Herad was separated to create the new municipality of Spind. The split left Herad with 1,019 inhabitants. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1965, Herad (population: 359) was merged with the municipalities of Spind (population: 606), Lista (population: 4,544), and the town of Farsund (population: 2,208) to form the new, larger municipality of Farsund.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Store norske leksikon. "Herad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1912). Norske gaardnavne: Lister og Mandals amt (in Norwegian) (9 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 206. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 

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