Hjartdal within Telemark
|• Mayor (2015)||Bengt Halvard Odden (Ap)|
|• Total||792 km2 (306 sq mi)|
|• Land||739 km2 (285 sq mi)|
|Area rank||137 in Norway|
|• Rank||359 in Norway|
|• Density||2/km2 (5/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-2.8 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0827|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Up to the 1500s Hjartdal parish stretched from Rauland in the west and Kongsberg to the east. Counting from west to east, the villages Åmotsdal, Svartdal, Hjartdal, Tuddal, Sauland, Gransherad, Bolkesjø, Jondalen and Lisleherad was at one point included in the same parish. Gransherad was spun off last, around 1860. At the same time the administrative centre was moved from Hjartdal village to Sauland. Today, the Hjartdal parish and municipality consist of the three villages Hjartdal, Sauland and Tuddal.
The Old Norse form of the name was Hjartdalr. The first element is probably a river name *Hjarta (now called the Hjartdøla river) and the last element is dalr m 'valley, dale'. The river name is derived from hjǫrtr m 'red deer'.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted in 1989. The arms show a silver-colored red deer on a green background. They are canting arms because the name of the municipality is derived from the word for deer.
- Sigrid Louise Gundersen, television host from Sauland
- Knut Buen, master fiddler living in Tuddal
- Sven Tore Løkslid, current county governor of Telemark
- "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- Cultural Centre in Telemark
- Rygh, Oluf (1914). Norske gaardnavne: Bratsbergs amt (Dokumentasjonsprosjektet) (in Norwegian) (7 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 297–298.