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Lista herred
previously Vanse herred
Former Municipality
Lista fyr (lighthouse)
Coordinates: 58°05′43″N 06°47′37″E / 58.09528°N 6.79361°E / 58.09528; 6.79361Coordinates: 58°05′43″N 06°47′37″E / 58.09528°N 6.79361°E / 58.09528; 6.79361
Country Norway
County Vest-Agder
District Sørlandet
Municipality ID NO-1041
Adm. Center Vanse
 • Total 193 km2 (75 sq mi)
Created as Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Merged into Farsund in 1965

Lista is a former municipality in Vest-Agder county in Norway. It is located in the present-day municipality of Farsund. Farsund Airport, Lista is located here, but it has no activity at this time; however, there are discussions to use it as a base for offshore operations. Lista is a large peninsula along the Listafjord and is home to the village of Vestbygd and the towns of Vanse and Farsund.


The municipality is named after the Lista peninsula (Old Norse: Listi).[2] The name is derived from the word lista f 'list, edge, rim'. From 1662 until 1919, Vest-Agder county was named "Lister og Mandals amt", signifying the significance of the area. (The name Lista was misunderstood by Danish clerks as a plural form - and therefore written with the plural ending -er.) The municipality (and the parish) was originally named after the old farm Vanse, since the first church was built there - but this name was replaced by the old district name Lista in 1911.[1]


The municipality of Vanse was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). According to the 1835 census, the municipality had a population of 4,213.[3] On 1 January 1903, an area with 99 inhabitants was transferred from Vanse to the neighboring town of Farsund. Again in 1948, another area with 64 inhabitants was transferred from Lista to the town of Farsund. On 1 January 1965, the rest of Lista was merged with the neighboring municipalities of Herad and Spind and the town of Farsund to create a new, larger municipality of Farsund. Prior to the merger, Lista had a population of 4,544.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Lista. – tidl. kommune" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 2009-11-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1912). Norske gaardnavne: Lister og Mandals amt (in Norwegian) (9 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 194. 
  3. ^ Registreringssentral for historiske data. "Hjemmehørende folkemengde Vest-Agder 1801–1960" (in Norwegian). University of Tromsø. 
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 

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