|Adm. Center||Kyrkjøy island|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|Created from||Nedstrand in 1868|
|Merged into||Finnøy in 1965|
Sjernarøy is a former municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The island municipality existed from 1868 until its dissolution in 1965. The municipality was located in the Boknafjorden in the present-day municipality of Finnøy. The administrative centre of the municipality was located on the island of Kyrkjøy, where the Sjernarøy Church is located.
Sjernarøy consisted of several small and larger islands. The inhabited islands included Kyrkjøy, Bjergøy, Eriksholmen, Tjul, Nord-Hidle, Aubø, Helgøy, Nord-Talgje, and the western part of Ombo. The uninhabited islands included Hestholmen, Finnborg, Lundarøynå, Norheimsøynå, Norheimslamholmen, Staup, Fiskholmane, as well as many other smaller islands.
The municipality of Sjærnarø (the spelling was later changed to Sjernarøy) was established on 1 January 1868 when the old municipality of Nærstrand was divided into two: Hinderaa (located north of the Boknafjorden) and Sjærnarø (the islands located in the fjord). Initially, Sjernarøy had 922 inhabitants.
On 1 January 1965, the municipality ceased to exist due to major municipal mergers that took place throughout Norway as a result of the work by the Schei Committee. The municipalities of Sjernarøy and Finnøy were merged with part of the island of Ombo from Jelsa municipality and the "Fisterøyene" islands from the municipality of Fister. Together, these areas formed the new municipality known as Finnøy. Prior to its dissolution, Sjernarøy had 819 inhabitants.
- Store norske leksikon. "Sjernarøy" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-01-03.
- Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
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