View of the lake Vegår
Vegårshei within Aust-Agder
|• Mayor (2015)||Kirsten Helen Myren (Sp)|
|• Total||355.65 km2 (137.32 sq mi)|
|• Land||321.78 km2 (124.24 sq mi)|
|• Water||33.87 km2 (13.08 sq mi)|
|Area rank||#256 in Norway|
|• Rank||#321 in Norway|
|• Density||6.5/km2 (17/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||12.9%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0912|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Vegårshei is a municipality in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Sørlandet. The administrative center is the village of Myra. Other villages in Vegårshei include Mo and Ubergsmoen.
The 356-square-kilometre (137 sq mi) municipality is the 256th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Vegårshei is the 321st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,104. The municipality's population density is 6.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (17/sq mi) and its population has increased by 12.9% over the last decade.
The Old Norse form of the name may have been Vigisheiðr. The first element is the genitive case of the name of the lake Vegår (of which the Old Norse form and the meaning of the name is uncertain). The last element is heiðr which means "heath" or "moor". Historically, the name was spelled as Wegaardsheien or Vegaardsheien, and sometimes it was abbreviated as simply Heien.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
Vegårshei is bordered on the north by the municipalities of Nissedal (in Telemark county) and Gjerstad, on the east by Risør, on the south by Tvedestrand, and on the west by Åmli. The lake Vegår dominates the northern part of the hilly and forested municipality.
All municipalities in Norway, including Vegårshei, 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||6|
|Total number of members:||21|
The Sørlandsbanen railway line runs through the municipality, stopping at Vegårshei Station, just north of the village of Myra. There are several Norwegian county roads that cross the municipality, connecting it to its neighbors. Some of the roads include Norwegian County Road 414, Norwegian County Road 415, Norwegian County Road 416, and Norwegian County Road 417.
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