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Some historical data on the 26 Kommunes

Presently there are 26 kommunes in Sogn og Fjordane fylke. Below som key information about them.

Askvoll

District of Sunnfjord.
Area: 321,5 square kilometers.
Population: 3278 (Oct. 2003), 2692 (1900).
Kommune from1837. Administrative center: Askvoll.

Churches: Askvoll kyrkje, Vilnes kyrkje, Holmedal kyrkje, Kvammen kyrkje, Stongfjorden bedehuskapell, Værlandet bedehuskapell, Bulandet bedehuskapell. See entry Local Churches.
Askvoll had 104 gards in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Askvoll website.

History:When the kommune was established in 1837 it had identical boundaries with the prestegjeld, having these sokns: Askvoll, Vilnes, Øn and Hyllestad. In addition: Bu kapellsokn. In 1862 the sokns of Øn and Hyllestad were separated from Askvoll and formed the new kommune Hyllestad. Throughout the times some gards have been included in Askvoll from other kommunes, some have been separated. Parts of Vevring kommune were added in 1964.

Aurland

District of Sogn.
Area: 1 488,7 square kilometers.
Population: 1822 (Oct. 2003); 2746 (1900).
Kommune from1837. Administrative center: Aurland.

Churches: Vangen kyrkje, Flåm kyrkje, Undredal kyrkje, Bakka kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.
There were 69 gards in Aurland in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Aurland website.

History:When Aurland kommune was established in 1837 it had identical boundaries with the prestegjeld, having these sokns: Aurland (Vangen), Flåm and Underdal. In 1859 Nærøy sokn was established, being separated from Underdal sokn.

Balestrand

District of Sogn.
Area: 430 square kilometers.
Population: 1471 (Oct. 2003), 2187 (1900).
Kommune from 1850. Administrative center: Balestrand.

Churches: Tjugum kyrkje, Kvamsøy kyrkje, Sæle kyrkje, Church of St. Olaf. See entry Local Churches.
There were 86 gards in Balestrand in 1984, reduced to 66 in 2000 with the loss of Fjærland sokn.
See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Balestrand website.

History: Balestrand prestegjeld was established in 1849 with these sokns: Vangsnes, Tjugum and Mundal (renamed Fjærland in 1861), all three separated from Leikanger prestegjeld. These sokns made up the new Balestrand kommune. In 1964 Vangsnes sokn was included in Vik kommune, while Balestrand got Kvamsøy sokn from Vik. From 2000 Fjærland sokn was transferred to Sogndal kommune.

Bremanger

District of Nordfjord.
Area: 825 square kilometers.
Population: 4080 (Oct. 2003), 2332 (1900).
Kommune from 1866. Administrative center: Svelgen.

Churches: Bremanger kyrkje, Berle kyrkje, Davik kyrkje, Frøya kyrkje, Midtgulen kyrkje, Rugsund kyrkje, Ålfoten kyrkje, Svelgen kapell. See entry Local Churches.
Bremanger had 116 gards in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Bremanger website.

History: Bremanger was established as a prestegjeld in 1864, separated from Kinn prestegjeld. In 1866 Bremanger became a kommune. Bremanger prestegjeld was divided into three sokns in 1903 (Midtgulen) and Bremangerpollen (1908). When Davik kommune was dissolved in 1964, most of it was transferrd to Bremanger kommune.

Eid

District of Nordfjord.
Area: 347 square kilometers.
Population: 5776 (Oct. 2003), 3207 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Nordfjordeid.

Churches: Eid kyrkje, Stårheim kyrkje, Kjølsdalen kyrkje, Heggjabygda kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.
Eid had 135 gards in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Eid website.

History: When Eid kommune was established in 1837 it had identical boundaries with Eid prestegjeld, with the sokns Hornindal, Eid and Stårheim. In 1867 Hornindal was separated from Eid and became a kommune in its own right. In 1965 Eid got parts of Davik kommune, included the sokn of Kjølsdalen. Presently Eid prestegjeld has the sokns Eid, Stårheim and Kjølsdalen.

Fjaler

District of Sunnfjord.
Area: 420 square kilometers.
Population: 2834 (Oct. 2003), 3722 (1900).
Kommune from 1837 in the name of Ytre Holmedal. Administrative center: Dale.

Churches: Dale kyrkje, Guddal kyrkje, Folkestad bedehuskapell, Hellevik bedehuskapell. See entry Local Churches.
There were 135 gards in Fjaler in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Fjaler website.

History: The new kommune Ytre Holmedal was in 1837 identical with the Ytre Holmedal prestegjeld, with the sokns Holmedal, Dale and Fjaler. In 1912 the kommune got its present name Fjaler. The prestegjeld was also renamed to Fjaler. In 1990 some changes were done in the boundaries between Fjaler and Askvoll. Today Fjaler prestegjeld has two sokns: Dale and Guddal.

Flora

District of Sunnfjord.
Area: 686 square kilometers.
Population: 11360 (Oct. 2003), 5760 (1600).
Kommune from 1837 in the name of Kinn. Administrative center: Florø.

Churches: Florø kyrkje, Stavang kyrkje, Nordal kyrkje, Eikefjord kyrkje, Askrova bedehuskapell, Batalden bedehuskapell, Kinnakyrkja. See entry Local Churches.
There were 116 gards in Flora in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Flora website.

History: In 1837 the new Kinn kommune was identical to the Kinn prestegjeld, with the sokns Bru, Kinn and Bremanger. In 1861 Florø was incorporated as a town, and in 1864 Bremanger sokn was separated from Kinn prestegjeld and became a prestegjeld in its own right. In 1866 Bremanger became a kommune. From 1890 Kinn prestegjeld had the sokns Kinn, Svanøy (Bru) and Eikefjord. In 1923 Kinn kommune was divided into three separate kommunes: Kinn, Bru and Eikefjord. In 1964 the town of Florø and the kommunes Kinn, Bru and Eikefjord were established as one kommune, getting the name Flora. Parts of Vevring kommune were added. The prestegjeld is still today named Kinn, and has the sokns Kinn, Bru, Eikefjord and Nordal.

Førde

District of Sunnfjord.
Area: 530 square kilometers.
Population: 11080 (Oct. 2003), 2913 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Førde.

Churches: Førde kyrkje, Holsen kyrkje, Haukedalen kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.
81 gards in Førde in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Førde website.

History: Førde prestegjeld has been consistent throughout the centuries with four sokns: Førde, Holsen (with Haukedalen kapell), Vevring and Naustdal. Vevring became a kommune in 1837 and Naustdal in 1896, but continued to be part of Førde prestegjeld.

Gaular

District of Sunnfjord.
Area: 578,8 square kilometers.
Population: 2790 (Oct. 2003), 3529 (1900).
Kommune from 1837 in the name of Indre Holmedal. Administrative center:

Churches: Sande kyrkje, Bygstad kyrkje, Viksdalen kyrkje, Hestad kapell. See entry Local Churches.
There were 129 gards in Gaular in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Gaular website.

History: Indre Holmedal kommune from 1837 had the same boundaries as Indre Holmedal prestegjeld with the sokns Bygstad, Sande and Vik (Viksdalen). In 1911 the kommune got its present name of Gaular.

Gloppen

District of Nordfjord.
Area: 1067 square kilometers.
Population: 5737 (Oct. 2003), 3264 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Sandane.

Churches: Gimmestad kyrkje, Breim kyrkje, Hyen kyrkje, Vereide kyrkje, Sandane arbeidskyrkje, Gamle Gimmestad kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.
126 gards in Gloppen in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Gloppen website.

History: The kommune established in 1837 was identical to the borders of Gloppen prestegjeld with the sokns Gimmestad, Breim and Vereide. Breim sokn became a kommune in 1886, but continued to be part of Gloppen prestegjeld. In 1964 Breim kommune was dissolved and again became part of Gloppen kommune.

Gulen

District of Sogn.
Area: 563 square kilometers.
Population: 2450 (Oct. 2003), 3262 (1900).
Kommune from 1837 in the name of Eivindvik. Administrative center: Eivindvik.

Churches: Gulen kyrkje, Mjømna kyrkje, Brekke kyrkje, Byrknesøy kapell. See entry Local Churches.
There were 135 gards in Gulen in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Gulen website.

History: The kommune of 1837 was identical to Eivindvik prestegjeld with the sokns Eivindvik, Brekke and Husøy (kapellsokn). In 1850 Brekke became a kommune in its own right, and became part of Lavik and Brekke kommune in 1858. In 1858 Husøy sokn formed the new kommune Utvær (later Solund). Brekke again became a kommune in its own right in 1905. In 1964 Brekke became part of Gulen kommune. It was in 1890 that Eivindvik kommune changed name to Gulen kommune. Presently Gulen prestegjeld has the sokns Gulen, Brekke and Mjømna.

Hornindal

District of Nordfjord.
Area: 177,10 square kilometers.
Population: 1200 (Oct. 2003), 1618 (1900).
Kommune from 1867. Administrative center: Grodås.

Churches: Hornindal kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.
40 gards in Hornindal in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Hornindal website.

History: Hornindal was from ancient times a sokn in Eid pestegjeld. In 1865 it became a prestegjeld in its own right, and two years later Hornindal kommune was established. In 1964 the kommune was divided between the kommunes of Eid and Stryn. Hornindal kommune was reestablished in 1977. The present Hornindal prestegjeld has the sokns Hornindal, Nordsida and Randabygda.

Hyllestad

District of Sogn.
Area: 260 square kilometers.
Population: 1558 (Oct. 2003), 2475 (1900).
Kommune from 1862. Administrative center: Hyllestad.

Churches: Hyllestad kyrkje, Bø kyrkje, Øn kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

There were 104 gards in Hyllestad in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Hyllestad website.

History: The sokns of Øn and Hyllestad were separated from Askvoll prestegjeld in 1862, and together with Bø sokn, from Lavik prestegjeld, constituted Hyllestad prestegjeld and kommune from that year.

Høyanger

District of Sogn.
Area: 906 square kilometers.
Population: 4558 (Oct. 2003), 2889 (1900).
Kommune from 1964. Administrative center: Høyanger.

Churhces: Høyanger kyrkje, Bjordal kyrkje, Ortnevik kyrkje, Lavik kyrkje, Kyrkjebø kyrkje, Vadheim bedehuskapell. See entry Local Churches.

115 gards in Høyanger in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Høyanger website.

History: Høyanger kommune was formed in 1964 by joining the two kommunes of Lavik and Kyrkjebø. Lavik kommune was established in 1837. Kyrkjebø kommune in 1853 in the name of Klævold (changed to Kirkebø in 1890, and Kyrkjebø in 1917). In 1859 the kommunes of Lavik and Brekke were made into one kommune, and again separated in 1904. Høyanger kommune is now identical to Lavik prestegjeld with the sokns Høyanger, Kyrkjebø, Lavik and Bjordal/Ortnevik.

Jølster

District of Sunnfjord.
Area: 671 square kilometers.
Population: 2921 (Oct. 2003), 2858 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Skei I Jølster.

Churhces: Helgheim kyrkje, Ålhus kyrkje, Vassenden kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

75 gards in Jølster in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Jølster website.

History: When Jølster kommune was established in 1837 it was identical to Jølster prestegjeld, with the sokns Ålhus and Helgheim. No changes.

Leikanger

District of Sogn.
Area: 185 square kilometers.
Population: 2187 (Oct. 2003), 2552 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Leikanger.

Church: Leikanger kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

30 gards in Leikanger in 1993. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Leikanger website.

History: Leikanger was in 1837 identical to Leikanger prestegjeld with the sokns: Leikanger, Fresvik, Feios (Rinde), Vangsnes, Tjugum and Fjærland (Mundal). In 1849 the sokns Vangsnes, Tjugum and Fjærland (Mundal) were separated from Leikanger and formed into Balestrand prestegjeld, which in turn became Balestrand kommune in 1850. In 1992 the area on the south side of Sognefjorden (Fresvik and Feios) was transferred to Vik kommune. In 1999 the sokns of Fresvik and Feios were transferrd to Vik prestegjeld.

Luster

District of Sogn.
Area: 2681 square kilometers.
Population: 4912 (Oct. 2003), 6819 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Gaupne.

Churches: Dale kyrkje, Hafslo kyrkje, Solvorn kyrkje, Fet kyrkje, Joranger kyrkje, Gaupne kyrkje, Jostedal kyrkje, Fortun kyrkje, Nes kyrkje, Gaupne gamle kyrkje, Urnes stavkyrkje, Veitastrond kapell. See entry Local Churches.

There were 211 gards in Luster in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Luster website.

History: The original Lyster (Luster from 1917) kommune was identical to the Luster prestegjeld with the sokns Fortun, Dale, Nes and Gaupne. Jostedal kommune was established in 1837, so was Hafslo kommune. In 1963 the three kommunes were made into one kommune, present-day Luster kommune.

Lærdal

District of Sogn.
Area: 1283 square kilometers.
Population: 2167 (Oct. 2003), 2917 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Lærdalsøyri.

Churches: Hauge kyrkje, Tønjum kyrkje, Borgund kyrkje, Borgund stavkyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

81 gards in Lærdal in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Lærdal website.

History: Lærdal (Leerdahl/Leidal) kommune was established in 1837, identical to the prestegjeld at the time with the sokns Borgund, Tønjum, Hauge and Årdal. In 1860 Årdal became a kommune in its own right. In 1864 Borgund was established as a kommune. In 1964 Borgund again became part of Lærdal kommune. There are three sokns in Lærdal today: Borgund, Tønjum and Hauge.

Naustdal

District of Sunnfjord.
Area: 390 square kilometers.
Population: 2704 (Oct. 2003), 3795 (1900).
Kommune from 1896. Administrative center: Naustdal.

Churches: Naustdal kyrkje, Vevring kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

Naustdal had 94 gards in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Naustdal website.

History: Naustdal was part of Førde kommune in 1837. At the time Naustdal was a sokn in Førde prestegjeld. Vevring kommune was also established in 1837. In 1964 the kommunes of Naustdal and Vevring were made into one.

Selje

District of Nordfjord.
Area: 219,3 square kilometers
Population: 3052 (Oct. 2003), 3235 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Selje.

Churches: Selje kyrkje, Ervik kyrkje, Leikanger kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

91 gards in Selje i 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Selje website.

History: Selje kommune was in 1837 identical with Selje prestegjeld with the two sokns Hove and Vågsøy. In 1906 the sokn Vågsøy was divided in two: Nord Vågsøy and Sør Vågsøy. From 1910 these sokns became separate kommunes. The Vågsøy sokns belonged to Selje prestegjeld until 1953, when Vågsøy prestegjeld was established. In 1964 the kommunes of Nord Vågsøy and Sør Vågsøy became one kommune named Vågsøy kommune.

Sogndal

District of Sogn.
Area: 745 square kilometers.
Population: 6672 (Oct. 2003), 3479 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Sogndal.

Churches: Stedje kyrkje, Norum kyrkje, Fjærland kyrkje, Kaupanger stavkyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

108 gards in Sogndal in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Sogndal website.

History: In 1837 Sogndal kommune was idnetical to Sogndal prestegjeld with the sokns Stedje, Norum (Ølmem) and Kaupanger. In 2000 Fjærland sokn was transferred from Balestrand to Sogndal after a referendum.

Solund

District of Sogn.
Area: 228 square kilometers.
Population: 900 (Oct. 2003), 1884 (1900).
Kommune from 1858. Administrative center: Hardbakke.

Churhces: Solund kyrkje, Hersvik kyrkje, Husøy kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.
5 gards in Solund in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Solund website.

History: Solund kommune was separated from Eivindvik (Gulen) in 1858 and became a kommune in its own right, by the name of Utvær. In 1890 the name was changed to Sulen, and in 1923 to its present name of Solund.

Stryn

District of Nordfjord.
Area: 1382,4 square kilometers.
Population: 6843 (Oct. 2003), 5574 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Stryn.

Churches: Oppstryn kyrkje, Nedstryn kyrkje, Innvik kyrkje, Utvik kyrkje, Olden kyrkje, Randabygd kyrkje, Nordsida kyrkje, Loen kyrkje, Olden gamle kyrkje, Ljosheim kapell. See entry Local Churches.

176 gards in Stryn in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Str yn website.

History: Innvik was the name of the prestegjeld in 1837 with the sokns Oppstryn, Nedstryn, Loen, Olden, Innvik and Utvik. Innvik also became the name of the kommune in 1837. In 1843 the sokns Loen, Oppstryn and Nedstryn were separated from Innvik and became Stryn kommune. The year before, in 1842, these sokns had established Stryn prestegjel d. In 1965 Innvik kommune and Stryn kommune formed the new Stryn kommune, part of Hornindal kommune was also inlcuded. In 1977 this part of Hornindal was again included in Hornindal kommune.

Vik

District of Sogn.
Area: 828 square kilometers.
Population: 2899 (Oct. 200 3), 3533 (1900).
Kommune from 1837. Administrative center: Vik i Sogn .

Churches: Vik kyrkje, Vangsnes kyrkje, Fresvik kyrkje, Feios kyrkje, Arnafjord kyrkje, Hove kyrkje, Hopperstad stavkyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

81 gards in Vik in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Vik website.

History: Vik kommune was in 1837 identical with Vik prestegjeld with the sokns Hopperstad, Hove, Arnafjord and Kvamsøy. In 1877 the sokns Hopperstad and Hove formed the new sokn Vik. In 1964 Kvamsøy sokn was transferred to Balestrand and Vangsnes sokn was transferred from Balestrand to Vik. In 1992 the sokns of Fresvik and Feios were transferred to Vik from Leikanger kommune.

Vågsøy

District of Nordfjord.
Area: 170 square kilometers.
Population: 6308 (Oct. 2003), 2222 (1900).
Kommune from 1910. Administrative center: Måløy.

Churhces: Sør Vågsøy kyrkje, Nord Vågsøy kyrkje, Totland kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.

There were 86 gards in Vågsøy in 1984. See Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Vågsøy website.

History: In 1906 the sokn Vågsøy, part of Selje prestegjeld, was divided into two sokns: Nord Vågsøy and Sør Vågsøy. From 1910 these sokns became separate kommunes. The Vågsøy sokns belonged to Selje prestegjeld until 1953, when Vågsøy prestegjeld was established. In 1964 the kommunes of Nord Vågsøy and Sør Vågsøy became one kommune named Vågsøy kommune.

Årdal

District of Sogn.
Area: 960 square kilometers.
Population: 5653 (Oct. 2003), 1301 (1900).
Kommune from 1860. Administrative center: Årdalstangen.

Churhces: Årdal kyrkje, Farnes kyrkje. See entry Local Churches.
5 gards in Årdal in 1984. See
Gard Encyclopedia.

Link to Årdal website.

History: In 1837 Årdal was a sokn of Lærdal prestegjeld and became part of Lærdal kommune. In 1860 Årdal became a kommune in its own right. In 1863 Årdal became a prestegjeld.

Following are the original 22 kommunes from 1837, with the spelling from that time:

District of Sogn:
Eivindvig, Ladvig, Viig, Leganger, Sogndal, Lyster, Leirdal, Hafsloe, Urland, Justedal.

District of Sunnfjord:
Indre Holmedal, Ytre Holmedal, Askevold, Førde, Vefring, Jølster.

District of Nordfjord:
Kind, Selløe, Gloppen, Davig, Eid, Indvigen.


Author: Oddvar Natvik (09/02/2005)





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