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View of the village location within Farsund
View of the village location within Farsund
Vanse is located in Vest-Agder
Vanse is located in Norway
Location of the village
Coordinates: 58°05′53″N 06°41′30″E / 58.09806°N 6.69167°E / 58.09806; 6.69167Coordinates: 58°05′53″N 06°41′30″E / 58.09806°N 6.69167°E / 58.09806; 6.69167
Country Norway
Region Southern Norway
County Vest-Agder
District Lister
Municipality Farsund
 • Total 1.83 km2 (0.71 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 2,016
 • Density 1,102/km2 (2,850/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 4557 Vanse

Vanse is a village in Farsund municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. The village is located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west of the town of Farsund and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the village of Vestbygd. The Farsund Airport, Lista is located just west of Vanse. The village was the administrative centre of the old municipality of Lista from 1838 until its dissolution in 1965. The old municipality was known as Vanse from 1838 until 1911.[3]

The 1.83-square-kilometre (450-acre) village has a population (2015) of 2,016 which gives the village a population density of 1,102 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,850/sq mi).[1]

Vanse Church is a medieval stone church, built in 1037 in the village of Vanse. A stone monument stands near the church. it is a memorial of fatalities during the Gunboat War (1807-1814). It is surrounded by authentic small cannons and a circle of stones with chain. A speech is held by this stone each year on Constitution Day, May 17.[4]

American connections[edit]

8th Avenue Diner in Vanse

The village of Vanse is notable for having several close connections to America due to the high number of inhabitants emigrating to the United States from 1825 to 1975. A lot of them returned to Norway and brought back American music, clothing, housewares, and values.

This connection is celebrated every year with the "American Festival" celebrated the last weekend in June every year. A stage is assembled in the middle of "Brooklyn Square" (named after Brooklyn, New York, where many of the Norwegian immigrants settled) and there is a small funfair set up. The festival starts on a Thursday and ends on Sunday morning, after culminating in a large outdoor street dance to live music.

Brooklyn Square in Vanse is the site of the "8th Avenue Diner", an American themed bar which regularly hosts live concerts, mostly in the country music genre. Kjell Elvis, a local Elvis Presley impersonator has performed at 8th Avenue a number of times. It is also home to "Trunken", a speciality store specializing in imported American goods such as furniture, clothing, candy items, and certain ingredients in American cuisine.

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Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2015). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  2. ^ "Vanse, Farsund (Vest-Agder)". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Vanse – tettsted" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  4. ^ Rudjord, Kåre (1987). Listaboka IV. Bygdehistorie. Fra formannskapslov til kommunesammenslutning. (in Norwegian). Farsund Kommune. pp. 450–452. 

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