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Landvik kommune
Former Municipality
Landvik church
Landvik church
Coordinates: 58°20′24″N 08°31′13″E / 58.34000°N 8.52028°E / 58.34000; 8.52028Coordinates: 58°20′24″N 08°31′13″E / 58.34000°N 8.52028°E / 58.34000; 8.52028
Country Norway
County Aust-Agder
District Sørlandet
Municipality ID NO-0924
Adm. Center Landvik
Created as Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Merged with Grimstad in 1971

Landvik is a former municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It was located to the west of the town of Grimstad in southern Norway. Today, the name Landvik is still used to designate the westernmost part of the town of Grimstad, near the Prestegårdskogen housing development.


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Landvig farm. The first element of the name means "land" (Old Norse: Land) and the last element (Old Norse: Vík) is identical with the word vik which means "inlet". The farm is located on a bay on the northeast side of Landvikvannet (lake).[1]


The parish of Landvig was established as the municipality of Landvik (see formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. An uninhabited part of neighboring Birkenes municipality was transferred to Landvik on 1 January 1883. Previously, it was part of Hommedal.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Norway enacted many municipal reforms such as mergers and border adjustments. On 1 January 1962, the uninhabited area of Salvestjønn in neighboring Øyestad municipality and most of the municipality of Eide (504 inhabitants) were merged into the municipality of Landvik. After the merger, Landvik had a total of 2,433 residents.

Then on 1 January 1971, the municipality of Landvik ceased to exist when it was incorporated into the neighboring municipality of Grimstad along with the municipality of Fjære. Prior to the merger, Landvik had a population of 2,781.[2]

Notable Residents[edit]


  1. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 128. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 

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