Stokke

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Stokke
Former Municipality
Skyline of Stokke
Coordinates: 59°14′24″N 10°16′15″E / 59.24000°N 10.27083°E / 59.24000; 10.27083Coordinates: 59°14′24″N 10°16′15″E / 59.24000°N 10.27083°E / 59.24000; 10.27083
Area
 • Total 118 km2 (46 sq mi)
 • Land 116 km2 (45 sq mi)
Area rank 375
Population (2004)
 • Total 9,985
 • Rank 101
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)

Stokke was a municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Stokke. On January 1st 2017, the municipality, along with Andebu, became a part of the new Sandefjord municipality.

Background[edit]

The municipality of Stokke was established on January 1st 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Two islands were later transferred from the municipality of Stokke to the neighboring municipality of Nøtterøy: Håøya, (in 1901) and Veierland (in 1964).

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Stokke farm (Old Norse: Stokkar), since the first church was built here. The name is the plural form of stokkr which means "log". (This is probably referring to some hills/ridges near the churchsite.)[1]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

Stokke's coat of arms when it was a municipality

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 13 January 1984. The arms are canting since stokker means "sticks" or "logs". The arms show three gold-colored tree trunks on a red background.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1907). Norske gaardnavne: Jarlsberg og Larviks amt (in Norwegian) (6 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 179. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-14. 

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