Vigeland, Norway

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View of the village seen from Kongsknipen by Herstøl
View of the village seen from Kongsknipen by Herstøl
Vigeland is located in Vest-Agder
Vigeland is located in Norway
Location of the village
Coordinates: 58°05′03″N 07°18′18″E / 58.08417°N 7.30500°E / 58.08417; 7.30500Coordinates: 58°05′03″N 07°18′18″E / 58.08417°N 7.30500°E / 58.08417; 7.30500
Country Norway
Region Southern Norway
County Vest-Agder
District Lindesnes
Municipality Lindesnes
 • Total 1.19 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 1,471
 • Density 1,236/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 4523 Lindesnes

Vigeland is the administrative center of Lindesnes municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. The village is located along the river Audna, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of the river's mouth at the Snigsfjorden. The European route E39 highway runs east-west through Vigeland, connecting it to the town of Mandal, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) to the southeast. The 1.19-square-kilometre (290-acre) village has a population (2015) of 1,471 which gives the village a population density of 1,236 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,200/sq mi).[1]


The village of Vigeland was named for the historic Vigeland farm which was located where the village is now. The farm was first documented in 1390 (Vikinggaland, meaning "Viking land"). The first element is the genitive case of the Old Norse personal name Víkingi meaning "land owned by (the man) Víkingi". The first element could also be the genitive plural case of the Old Norse word víkingr meaning "Viking" but the use of such a name would be a bit obscure.[3]

Valle Church[edit]

Valle Church is located on the east side of the Audna river at Vigeland. It is the church for the Valle parish which covers the northeastern half of the municipality. The church has a cruciform shape and was built in 1793. It was internally restored for its 200th anniversary in 1993. A statue created by Gustav Vigeland of Peder Claussøn Friis, who was once a priest in Lindesnes, stands outside the Valle Church rectory.[4]

Media gallery[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

The family of the artist Gustav Vigeland and his brother Emanuel both originally came from Vigeland. The brothers both lived for a time with their grandparents on a farm called Mjunebrokka in Vigeland. Both of Gustav Vigeland's parents were buried in the Valle Church cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2015). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  2. ^ "Vigeland, Lindesnes (Vest-Agder)". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1912). Norske gaardnavne: Lister og Mandals amt (in Norwegian) (9 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 163. 
  4. ^ Valle kirke (Den Norske Kirke)