Vigrestad

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Vigrestad
Village
Vigrestad is located in Rogaland
Vigrestad
Vigrestad
Location in Rogaland county
Coordinates: 58°34′15″N 05°40′54″E / 58.57083°N 5.68167°E / 58.57083; 5.68167Coordinates: 58°34′15″N 05°40′54″E / 58.57083°N 5.68167°E / 58.57083; 5.68167
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Rogaland
District Jæren
Municipality
Area[1]
 • Total 1.18 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 2,116
 • Density 1,793/km2 (4,640/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 4362 Vigrestad

Vigrestad is a village in municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The village is located about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) northeast of the southwestern coast of Norway, facing the North Sea. The village sits about 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) southeast of the village of Varhaug and about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northwest of the villages of Hæen and Brusand.[3]

Vigrestad Station is located on the Sørlandsbanen railway line which runs through the village. The station is unmanned and only local trains stop there, not express or regional ones.

The 1.18-square-kilometre (290-acre) village has a population (2015) of 2,116 which gives the village a population density of 1,793 inhabitants per square kilometre (4,640/sq mi).[1]

Name[edit]

The name probably has its origin from the word vig meaning "battle" or "war", and stad meaning "place". There is therefore reason to believe that it was the site of a battle. The name could alternatively originate from the Old Norse word "vigr" which means "spear". North of the village there are several barrows from the Iron Age and Bronze Age.

Vigrestad has been spelled in various ways over the centuries: Wirestad, Virestadt, Wiresteid in 1567, Vigrist in 1606, Wigresta in 1610, Vigrestad in 1616, and Wigrestad in 1723.

Economy[edit]

The main source of income in Vigrestad is agriculture; mainly dairy, beef, pork, sheep, and potatoes. There are also companies that specialise in high-class timber furniture (for the Royal family, among others), and laser-cutting. A variety of industries and companies can also be found, many of them at Stokkalandsmarka, just southeast of Vigrestad.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2015). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  2. ^ "Vigrestad, Hå (Rogaland)" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Vigrestad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-06-21.