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Karmøy kommune
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County Rogaland
Landscape Haugaland
Municipality NO-1149
Administrative centre Kopervik
Mayor (2004) Kjell Arvid Svendsen (KrF)
Official language form Neutral
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Percentage
Ranked 313
229 km²
219 km²
0.07 %
Population
 - Total (2004)
 - Percentage
 - Change (10 years)
 - Density
Ranked 20
37,281
0.81 %
4.6 %
170/km²
Coordinates Template:Coor dm
www.karmoy.kommune.no

Data from Statistics Norway (http://www.ssb.no/english/municipalities/1149)

Karmøy is a municipality in the county of Rogaland, Norway.

The vast part of the district is the large island Karmøy, but it also includes the peninsula between Karmsund and Førdesfjord and several small islands.

The natural and cultural landscape is highly heterogenous, encompassing chalk-white sands, moorland and several piers around the island. The landscape in the north is mainly agricultural, while large parts of the inland south are heather moors. The island have many white, sandy beaches facing the North Sea, attracting surfers as one of the top spots for windsurfing in Norway.

Built up places are for the most part located along the coast. Main builded places are Kopervik, Åkrehamn and Skudeneshavn. The airport of Haugesund is also located on the island. Karmøy is known for its industries, as well as for fishing. Among interested people Karmøy is also well known in Norway for the heathermoors and the surfing beaches.

There are several finds from stone age, the bronze age and the iron age. Karmøy was known for sailing in the old times. The skaldic poem Grimnismál says that Thor, the weather god, wades the straits at Karmsund every morning on his way to Yggdrasil, the tree of life. The ocean outside Karmøy is dangerous, filled with underwater currents and rocks. Thus the ships were forced into the narrow Karmsund. Chieftains and kings controlled the ships passing up and down the coast and demanded taxes.

The Karmsund strait was also the source of the name of the kingdom, at the time when the first king of the unified Norway, Harald Fairhair, lived on Karmøy. (See History of Norway.)

On the northeastern coast of the island the place Avaldsnes is located. The king Augvald who has given his name to this ancient site is mentioned in the Norse sagas as having his home here. Later the residence of Harald Fairhair and other kings are mentioned. Here is also a medieval church, the St. Olav´s church of Avaldsnes.

Karmøy was once the place of an important copper mine. From this mine copper was brought for the Liberty Statue in New York City.

Close to Avaldsnes is also the museum known as The Viking Farm. The building and use of the farm is an ongoing experimental archaeological research and interpretation programme. The farm includes reconstructed houses.

External links

  • Tourist information (http://www.karmoy.kommune.no/kk/portal.nsf/pages/info_en) - from Karmøy kommune (in english)


Municipalities of Rogaland Rogaland coat of arms

Bjerkreim | Bokn | Eigersund | Finnøy | Forsand | Gjesdal | Haugesund | Hjelmeland |  | Karmøy | Klepp | Kvitsøy | Lund | Randaberg | Rennesøy | Sandnes | Sauda | Sokndal | Sola | Stavanger | Strand | Suldal | Time | Tysvær | Utsira | Vindafjord | Ølen

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