Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality

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Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality

Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune
Coat of arms of Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality
Coat of arms
Location in Norway
Location in Norway
CountryNorway
Administrative centerLeikanger
Government
 • County mayorJenny Følling
ISO 3166 codeNO-14
Schools12
Pupils4,500
Websitewww.sfj.no

Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality (Norwegian: Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune) is the regional governing administration for Sogn og Fjordane county in Norway. The main responsibilities of the county municipality includes the running of 12 upper secondary schools with 4,500 pupils.[1] It also administrates the county roadways, public transport, dental care, culture, and cultural heritage.[2]

The county council has 31 members, and the Chairman of the County Council is Jenny Følling of the Centre Party.[3] The county council has 31 representatives as shown below:

Sogn og Fjordane Fylkestinget 2015–2019
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høgre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Green Party (Miljøpartiet Dei Grøne)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)10
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:31

Regional reform 2020[edit]

In 2020, Sogn og Fjordane will merge with neighbouring Hordaland to form Vestland county municipality. The merger is part of a larger reform in local and regional administration initiated by the national government, which will see the number of county municipalities fall from 19 to 11.[4]

Location[edit]

The administrative seat is located at the village of Leikanger in Leikanger municipality where all of the county offices are located except for the cultural division, which is located in the town of Førde. Tore Eriksen is chief-of-administration.[5] Traditionally, the county administration was said to be in the village of Hermansverk, which was regarded as the administrative seat, but Hermansverk and the neighboring village of Leikanger have grown together and form one large village, and now the administrative seat is said to be Leikanger even though the buildings are still in the same place.

Transport[edit]

Leikanger with the county administration buildings visible

The county previously owned the transportation company Fylkesbaatane i Sogn og Fjordane, which operated ferry services throughout the county. In 2001, Fylkesbaatane merged with the Møre og Romsdal County Municipality-owned Møre og Romsdal Fylkesbåtar to create the new company Fjord1, of which Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality remains a majority shareholder.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Opplæring, Vidaregåande skular" (in Norwegian). Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  2. ^ "In English". Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Fylkestinget" (in Norwegian). Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. ^ "In English". Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Administrativ leiing" (in Norwegian). Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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