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Former Municipality
Municipality ID NO-1105
Adm. Center Kopervik
Created from Avaldsnes in 1866
Merged into Karmøy in 1964
View of the town (before 1951)
View of the town (before 1951)
Kopervik is located in Rogaland
Location in Rogaland county
Coordinates: 59°16′48″N 05°18′05″E / 59.28000°N 5.30139°E / 59.28000; 5.30139Coordinates: 59°16′48″N 05°18′05″E / 59.28000°N 5.30139°E / 59.28000; 5.30139
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Rogaland
District Haugaland
Municipality Karmøy
 • Total 4.85 km2 (1.87 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2014)[2]
 • Total 8,215
 • Density 1,694/km2 (4,390/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 4250 Kopervik

Kopervik is the largest town on the island of Karmøy in Rogaland county, Norway. It is also the administrative centre of the municipality of Karmøy. It is part of the traditional district of Haugaland. The 4.85-square-kilometre (1,200-acre) town has a population (2014) of 8,215; giving the town a population density of 1,694 inhabitants per square kilometre (4,390/sq mi). The municipality of Karmøy has about 42,000 inhabitants, so this means Kopervik is home to about 20% of the municipal population.[2][4]

Kopervik is one of three cities in Karmøy (the others are Åkrehamn and Skudeneshavn). Kopervik is a transportation hub for scheduled boats going north to Bergen and south to Stavanger. The main industries are aluminium smelting and fishing. Kopervik contains Karmøy's municipal government buildings as well as a lot of the commercial development in the municipality. Kopervik Church has been located in the town for a long time. The previous church building was destroyed by fire in 2010, and its replacement is scheduled to be completed in 2016.[1]


The village of Kopervik was declared a ladested (town) on 16 August 1866, and since towns could not be part of a rural municipality, it was separated from the municipality of Avaldsnes to form an urban municipality of its own. Initially, Kopervik had a population of 737. On 1 January 1965, there were many big municipal mergers in Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee, and on that date the town of Kopervik was merged with the neighboring municipalities of Avaldsnes, Stangaland, Torvastad, Skudenes, and Åkra and with the nearby town of Skudeneshavn. Together these municipalities formed the new, large municipality of Karmøy. Prior to the merger, Kopervik had 1,737 residents. Kopervik lost its status as a "town" upon merging into Karmøy municipality. In 1996, due to some changes in the laws on towns, Karmøy municipality declared Kopervik to be a town once again.[5][1]

According to legend, King Sverre I of Norway ordered the construction of a wooden castle on the headland at the entrance to the harbour where Kopervik is located today. A part of Kopervik is therefore called Treborg, literally meaning "wooden castle". There is however no evidence of its existence. Kopervik was also home to Tormod Torfæus, appointed as the official Royal Norwegian historian to the Danish king during the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway.

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