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Tysvær kommune
Coat of arms of Tysvær kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Tysvær kommune
Rogaland within
Tysvær within Rogaland
Tysvær within Rogaland
Coordinates: 59°21′42″N 5°32′34″E / 59.36167°N 5.54278°E / 59.36167; 5.54278Coordinates: 59°21′42″N 5°32′34″E / 59.36167°N 5.54278°E / 59.36167; 5.54278
Country Norway
County Rogaland
District Haugaland
Administrative centre Aksdal
 • Mayor (2007) Harald Stakkestad (H)
 • Total 425 km2 (164 sq mi)
 • Land 399 km2 (154 sq mi)
Area rank 232 in Norway
Population (2007)
 • Total 9,513
 • Rank 112 in Norway
 • Density 23/km2 (60/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 14.1 %
Demonym Tysværbu[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1146
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.tysver.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Tysvær is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is part of the region of Haugaland. The municipality is located at the northern side of Boknafjord, east of Karmøy. Tysvær has a population of 9,349 (2006) and an area of 419 km².

Local administration is located at Aksdal.


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Tysvær farm (Old Norse: Teitsfjörðr), since the first 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[edit]

The coat of arms is from modern times. It was 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.[2]


Tysvær was separated from Skjold in 1849.

Changes to the borders of the municipality[edit]

The municipality of Nedstrand, and some parts of Skjold, Avaldsnes, Vikedal and Vats, were merged with Tysvær on 1 January 1965.

Places and lakes[edit]

Aksdalsvatnet is a lake in this municipality.

Tysvær has a number of scenic walks including Heggelifjellet and Kvinnesland, the source of the name Kvindesland.

Elleflot is a is a small farm on Lake Vats.

Famous people[edit]

The Norwegian emigration to the United States was initiated by the local Cleng Peerson. Also, the painter Lars Hertervig and Asbjørn Kloster, leader of the Norwegian temperance movement were born in Tysvær. The DJ, LidoLido, is also a native of Tysvær.


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 12 October 2008. 

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