View of the river that runs through the city
|Municipalities||Time and Klepp|
|o Total||5.43 km2 (2.10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||30 m (100 ft)|
|o Density||2,247/km2 (5,820/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Bryne (Norwegian pronunciation: ['b:n?] ) is a town in Time municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The city is the administrative centre of the municipality of Time and it is also one of the 50 largest towns/cities in Norway. Bryne's location in the region of Stavanger/Sandnes and its road and rail links have made Bryne a popular area for commuters. The city is expanding rapidly and there have been reports of problems with schooling capacity. Bryne Church is located in the centre of the city and Time Church is located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) east of the city .
Bryne is located on the southern shores of the lake Frøylandsvatnet, about 25 minutes south of the city of Stavanger by train. The 5.43-square-kilometre (1,340-acre) city has a population (2019) of 12,202 and a population density of 2,247 inhabitants per square kilometre (5,820/sq mi). The city's urban area actually crosses over the municipal border to Klepp Municipality, with 0.98 square kilometres (240 acres) and 1,703 residents living in the neighboring municipality.
The village of Bryne was founded as Thime Stasjon, since this was the location of the Thime Station along the Jærbanen railroad going from Stavanger to Egersund. The small village was one of many popping up around the new stations on the railroad that was completed in 1878. A new chapel was soon built, as well as a store, a wool processing facility and a dairy farm.
Several industries related to agriculture also emerged, producing ploughs, mowers, and harvesting equipment. Many years later in 1949, the first excavator in Europe with complete hydraulic transmission of power, the Brøyt, was introduced by the two brothers Kristian and Ingebret Søyland. Also the company Tralfa developed the world's first spray paint robot, today run by ABB.
Gradually, Bryne developed into a regional education center, with a dairy school established in 1906, the National Grammar School (Rogaland Landsgymnas) in 1924, and later a vocational school was also established. In 1921, the name of Thime Station was changed to Bryne by referendum. Bryne has since grown rapidly to become Jæren's most densely populated rural area and a regional trade center. On 1 January 2001, the municipality granted Bryne town status, the 49th largest settlement in Norway at the time.
Bryne has three shopping malls. They are Torgsenteret, Brynetorget, and M44 which is the newest and second largest in Rogaland. There is also a shopping street called Storgata ("Main Street") where there are several clothing shops, book shops, and sports wear shops, including special designer clothes shops that sell wares that can only be found in here.
The Fritz Røed Park was officially opened 1 October 2004. It is a collection of sculptures made by the sculptor Fritz Røed, who was born in Bryne. The sculptures are all placed in and around the river which flows through the park.
The Garborg Centre (Norwegian: "Nasjonalt Garborgsenter") opened in 2012. It is a museum and educational centre dedicated to the author couple Arne Garborg and Hulda Garborg. It aims to encourage people's interest for the ideas and visions of the two authors. The centre will encourage visitors to take a more active part in today's society, and inspire them to read and develop their own creativity.
Bryne Mølle (Bryne Mill) is an old mill now used for concerts and art exhibitions. The original mill burnt down in 1928. Today's building is dated from 1929.Ranglerock Festival is an annual rockfestival that has been arranged in there since 2005.
The city's football team, Bryne F.K., played in the Norwegian premier league 1976-1988, and 2000-2003, and now plays in PostNord-ligaen, group 2 (third tier). In 1987 the team won the National Football Cup, and was in the final in 2001. This is Erling Braut Håland (haaland) home place, were he grow up and become a star in football
The football clubs Kåsen IL and Rosseland BK are also based in Bryne.
Bryne also has a karate club. The club has produced both national victories and international victories. It is among the biggest karate clubs in Norway.