Masfjorden


Masfjorden
Masfjorden kommune
—  Municipality  —

Coat of arms

Hordaland within
Norway
Masfjorden within Hordaland
Coordinates: 60°50′18″N 5°26′55″E / 60.83833°N 5.44861°E / 60.83833; 5.44861Coordinates: 60°50′18″N 5°26′55″E / 60.83833°N 5.44861°E / 60.83833; 5.44861
Country Norway
County Hordaland
District Nordhordland
Administrative centre Masfjordnes
Government
 - Mayor (2003) Håkon Matre (H)
Area
 - Total 556 km2 (214.7 sq mi)
 - Land 511 km2 (197.3 sq mi)
Area rank 191 in Norway
Population (2004)
 - Total 1,712
 - Rank 356 in Norway
 - Density 3/km2 (7.8/sq mi)
 - Change (10 years) -7.0 %
Demonym Masfjording[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1266
Official language form Nynorsk
Website masfjorden.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway
Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1951 1,928
1960 1,987 +3.1%
1970 1,858 −6.5%
1980 1,915 +3.1%
1990 1,891 −1.3%
2000 1,774 −6.2%
2007 1,631 −8.1%
2008 1,646 +0.9%
2009 1,652 +0.4%
Source: Statistics Norway.

Masfjorden is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. Masfjorden was separated from Lindås on 1 March 1879.

The municipality is located around the fjord which is also called the Masfjorden which almost divides the municipality completely into a north side and a south side. A cable ferry connects these two parts. This is the only cable ferry in Norway that transports vehicles. The main population centre is located at Nordbygda on the north side. The local council however is located on the south side.

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General information

Name

The Old Norse form of the name was Matrsfjörðr. The first element is the genitive case of the old (uncompounded) name of the fjord: Matr. This name is derived from matr which means "food" - and the meaning is "the one full of food (fish)".

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 28 September 1990. The arms feature three heldrer, a traditional tool made of wood for fastening a rope around a load. They are meant to symbolize unity. Three of these objects appear in yellow and they are centered on a field of red.[2][3]

Geography

It contains several fjords such as Austfjorden.

References

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. http://www.sprakrad.no/nb-no/Sprakhjelp/Rettskrivning_Ordboeker/Innbyggjarnamn/. 
  2. ^ Engene, Jan Oskar (27 June 2002). "Masfjorden, Hordaland". Flags of the World. http://www.fotw.us/flags/no-12-66.html. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Masfjorden Kommunevåpen". Masfjorden Municipality. http://www.masfjorden.kommune.no/kommunen/kommunevaapen.html. Retrieved 2008-09-22.  (Norwegian)

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