Tau, Norway

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View of the village
View of the village
Tau is located in Rogaland
Tau is located in Norway
Location in Rogaland county
Coordinates: 59°03′53″N 05°55′20″E / 59.06472°N 5.92222°E / 59.06472; 5.92222Coordinates: 59°03′53″N 05°55′20″E / 59.06472°N 5.92222°E / 59.06472; 5.92222
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Rogaland
District Ryfylke
Municipality Strand
 • Total 2.11 km2 (0.81 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 47 m (154 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 3,158
 • Density 1,497/km2 (3,880/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 4120 Tau

Tau is a village in Strand municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The village is located on the shore of the Horgefjorden, a branch of the main Boknafjorden. The 2.11-square-kilometre (520-acre) village has a population (2015) of 3,158 which gives the village a population density of 1,497 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,880/sq mi).[1][3] Strand Church is located in the village.

The village lies along the Norwegian National Road 13 highway, southwest of the small villages of Fiskå and Holta and northwest of the town of Jørpeland. There is currently a ferry service from Tau to the city of Stavanger, across the fjord, but this service is scheduled to end in 2019 when the new Ryfast tunnel will open for use.[3]


The name might come from the Old Norse word taufr which means 'witchcraft', since there was an ancient sacrificial field here in the Iron age.


Comrod Communications is the largest employer in Tau, mainly manufacturing antennaes for military use. Electrocompaniet is also based here. The factory Tau Mølle AS is located in Tau, producing puffed oats. The factory is located in a white mill that was used to brew the Norwegian beer known as "Tou".


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2015). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  2. ^ "Tau, Strand (Rogaland)" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  3. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Tau" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-02-05.