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Country Norway
County Rogaland
Region Vestlandet
 • Total 4,546 km2 (1,755 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 30,850
 • Density 6.8/km2 (18/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ryfylkebu

Ryfylke is a traditional district in Norway, located northeast of Stavanger and east of Haugesund. In the east it borders Setesdal and Sirdal.

Ryfylke comprises the contemporary municipalities of Sauda, Suldal, Finnøy, Hjelmeland, Forsand, Strand, Kvitsøy and Rennesøy. There are no big cities in Ryfylke, but there are two major towns, Sauda and Jørpeland

Scenic attractions include the world famous attractions of Lysefjord with Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag.

Ryfylke is one of the 15 districts in Western Norway.


The Old Norse form of the name was Rygjafylki. The first element is the genitive plural of rygr 'person from Rogaland', the last element is fylke. (See also the name Rogaland.)

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