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Valestrand kommune
Former Municipality
Valestrand Church
Valestrand Church
Valestrand kommune is located in Hordaland
Valestrand kommune
Valestrand kommune
Location in Hordaland county
Coordinates: 59°41′58″N 05°28′20″E / 59.69944°N 5.47222°E / 59.69944; 5.47222Coordinates: 59°41′58″N 05°28′20″E / 59.69944°N 5.47222°E / 59.69944; 5.47222
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Hordaland
District Sunnhordland
Municipality ID NO-1217
Adm. Center Valevåg
 • Total 59 km2 (23 sq mi)
Population (1963)
 • Total 1,227
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Created from Stord in 1868 and
Finnås in 1870
Merged into Sveio in 1964

Valestrand is a former municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. The 59-square-kilometre (23 sq mi) municipality was located on a peninsula on the southern shore of the Bømlafjorden inside the present-day municipality of Sveio. The administrative centre of Valestrand was the village of Valevåg. The two churches in Valestrand were Valen Chapel and Valestrand Church.[1]


The municipality of Valestrand was established on 15 May 1868 when the southern district of the large municipality of Stord (south of the Bømlafjorden) was separated from the rest of Stord to become its own municipality. Initially, Valestrand had a population of 900. On 1 April 1870, the Øklandsgrend area (population: 247) of the neighboring municipality of Finnås was transferred to Valestrand. On 1 January 1964, a major municipal merger took place as a result of the Schei Committee. The municipalities of Sveio (population: 1,697) and Valestrand (population: 1,216) were merged with the western part of the municipality of Vikebygd (population: 471) and a small portion of the northern part of the municipality of Skjold (population: 24), both located north and west of the Ålfjorden. The new municipality was called Sveio. The small portion from Skjold municipality was in Rogaland county, and after the merger it switched to Hordaland county.[2]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Valestrand – tidligere kommune" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-03-05. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ a b "Valestrand cultural church". Innovation Norway. Retrieved 10 July 2015.