View of the lake Aksdalsvatnet
Tysvær within Rogaland
|• Mayor (2007)||Harald Stakkestad (H)|
|• Total||425.40 km2 (164.25 sq mi)|
|• Land||399.71 km2 (154.33 sq mi)|
|• Water||25.69 km2 (9.92 sq mi)|
|Area rank||233 in Norway|
|• Rank||105 in Norway|
|• Density||27.2/km2 (70/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||15.9 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1146|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Tysvær is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is part of the Haugalandet region. The municipality is located on the Haugalandet peninsula on the northern side of the Boknafjorden, just east of the towns of Kopervik and Haugesund. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Aksdal. Other villages in the municipality include Dueland, Førre, Grinde, Hervik, Hindaråvåg, Nedstrand, Skjoldastraumen, Susort, Tysvær, and Yrke.
The European route E39 highway and European route E134 highways traverse the municipality with their junction located at Aksdal in Tysvær. The Frekasund Bridge on the E39 highway connects the mainland of Tysvær to the island municipality of Bokn to the south. The Karmøy Tunnel connects Tysvær to the town of Kopervik in neighboring Karmøy municipality.
The municipality of Tysvær was established in 1849 when it was separated from the large municipality of Skjold. Initially, the municipality had a population of 2,058. On 1 January 1965, there was a major municipal merger which took place as the result of recommendations by the Schei Committee. The municipality of Tysvær was merged with the municipality of Nedstrand and parts of the municipalities of Avaldsnes, Skjold, Vats, and Vikedal. On 1 January 1969, the small Sponevik farm area (population: 6), just north of the village of Skjoldastraumen, was transferred from the neighboring Vindafjord municipality to Tysvær.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Tysvær farm (Old Norse: Teitsfjörðr), since the first Tysvær Church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of the old male name Teitr and the last element is fjörðr which means "fjord".
Coat of arms
The coat of arms is from modern times; they were granted on 3 February 1984. The arms show a silver heron on a blue background. The heron was chosen as a symbol for the municipality since there are several large colonies of herons in the municipality.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
The municipality lies on the northern shore of the Boknafjorden, with the Skjoldafjorden and Vindafjorden both partially located within the municipality. The island of Borgøy lies in the middle of the Skjoldafjorden in Tysvær.
Tysvær has a number of scenic walks including Heggelifjellet and Kvinnesland, the source of the name Kvindesland.
All municipalities in Norway, including Tysvær, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Christian Democratic Party||Kristelig Folkeparti||4|
|Total number of members:||29|
- Cleng Peerson, leader of the first group of Norwegians who emigrated to the United States
- Lars Hertervig, a landscape painter
- Asbjørn Kloster, leader of the Norwegian temperance movement
- LidoLido, a hip hop artist, rapper, producer, and songwriter
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