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I'm not a linguist but, it seems to be that the name Lerwick is more correctly related to Old Norse or Norn than the modern Norwegian language, so I'm about to edit the link. If someone knows better, great.

Chaikney 16:09, 20 September 2005 (UTC)


The name means 'muddy bay' and it is old norse.

Distance to Oslo - must be wrong[edit]

Lerwick can't possibly be 350 miles away from Oslo. If you go that distance west from Oslo, you approximately reach Bergen. Could it be that Bergen is in fact the city which is meant here? --Barend 19:33, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Tourism section[edit]

This section deals with areas mainly outside Lerwick and is written entirely in the first person. I suggest it is rewritten in an encyclopaedic style and the geographic area is limited to Lerwick Stumpfoot (talk) 14:02, 12 February 2009 (UTC)


Deleted Tourism section for the above reasons Stumpfoot (talk) 16:57, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Pronounciation[edit]

How is Lerwick pronounced? Is the 'w' silent in Scottish place names as in many/most English ones e.g. Har(w)ich, Green(w)ich, Flit(w)ick. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 78.144.251.209 (talk) 11:17, 20 February 2009 (UTC)


In Shetland, and even within Lerwick, there is no accepted right or wrong pronunciation, unlike the examples you give above. The most common pronunciations are variations on Lerwick, Lerick, Lerook and Larook, depending on the local dialect of the speaker. Lerick is probably the most common pronounciation by 'Lerwigians' Stumpfoot (talk) 16:57, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

For what it's worth, the BBC usage in the Shipping Forecast is Lerwick... Ender's Shadow Snr (talk) 22:12, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Distance to Aberdeen[edit]

The distance to Aberdeen has twice been changed without explanation from 210 miles to 184 miles. Using the grid references from their respective articles (Lerwick: grid reference HU474414; and Aberdeen: grid reference NJ925065), I calculate the straight-line distance to be about 339km, which agrees with the figure of 210 miles. Please don't change it again without explanation. Thanks. --Deskford (talk) 18:22, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

Para removed[edit]

I deleted the following from the "Culture" section:

Recently there has been an increase in antisocial behaviour due to local uptake of British yob culture as well as an influx of troublemakers from elsewhere including drug traffickers. These people (mainly youths) have caused an upsurge in crime in the area that shows no signs of going away.

This bit was entirely unreferenced, was a long way from being NPOV and sweeping in its generalisations -- "troublemakers from elsewhere", "mainly youths", etc. Loganberry (Talk) 04:03, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

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