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Vegårshei kommune
View of the lake Vegår
View of the lake Vegår
Coat of arms of Vegårshei kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Vegårshei kommune
Aust-Agder within
Vegårshei within Aust-Agder
Vegårshei within Aust-Agder
Coordinates: 58°46′32″N 08°49′56″E / 58.77556°N 8.83222°E / 58.77556; 8.83222Coordinates: 58°46′32″N 08°49′56″E / 58.77556°N 8.83222°E / 58.77556; 8.83222
Administrative centreMyra
 • Mayor (2015)Kirsten Helen Myren (Sp)
 • Total355.65 km2 (137.32 sq mi)
 • Land321.78 km2 (124.24 sq mi)
 • Water33.87 km2 (13.08 sq mi)
Area rank#256 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total2,104
 • Rank#321 in Norway
 • Density6.5/km2 (17/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)12.9%
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0912
Official language formNeutral

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.[2]

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.[3]

General information[edit]

Farm area in Færsnes
Haukenes area

The parish of Vegaardsheien was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The borders of the municipality have not changed since that time.[4]


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".[2][5] Historically, the name was spelled as Wegaardsheien or Vegaardsheien, and sometimes it was abbreviated as simply Heien.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 30 April 1987. The arms show a fox as a representative of the local wildlife and also for the fox farming in the village.[6]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Vegårshei. It is part of the Aust-Nedenes prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Agder og Telemark.

Churches in Vegårshei
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Vegårshei Vegårshei Church Myra 1808


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.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Vegårshei is made up of 21 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Vegårshei Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet6
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet1
 Conservative PartyHøyre3
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti6
 Centre PartySenterpartiet5
Total number of members:21


Vegårshei used to be primarily an agricultural and lumber-based community. It is well-suited for hunting and fishing for residents and tourists alike.


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.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ a b Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2016-04-05). "Vegårshei". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  7. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.

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