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Tysnes kommune
The harbour in Våge
The harbour in Våge
Coat of arms of Tysnes kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Tysnes kommune
Hordaland within
Tysnes within Hordaland
Tysnes within Hordaland
Coordinates: 59°59?54?N 05°34?38?E / 59.99833°N 5.57722°E / 59.99833; 5.57722Coordinates: 59°59?54?N 05°34?38?E / 59.99833°N 5.57722°E / 59.99833; 5.57722
Administrative centreUggdal
 o Mayor (2015)Kåre Martin Kleppe (H)
 o Total255.11 km2 (98.50 sq mi)
 o Land245.17 km2 (94.66 sq mi)
 o Water9.94 km2 (3.84 sq mi)
Area rank299 in Norway
 o Total2,847
 o Rank277 in Norway
 o Density11.6/km2 (30/sq mi)
 o Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Tysnesing [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1223
Official language formNynorsk [2]

Tysnes (Urban East Norwegian: [²ty:sne:s]) is a municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Sunnhordland. The administrative centre is the village of Uggdal. Other population centres in Tysnes include the villages of Våge and Onarheim. The island municipality is located in a group of islands near the mouth of the Hardangerfjorden. The majority of the municipal population lives on the island of Tysnesøya, the largest island in the municipality.[3]

The 255-square-kilometre (98 sq mi) municipality is the 299th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Tysnes is the 277th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,847. The municipality's population density is 11.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (30/sq mi) and its population has increased by 3.4% over the last decade.[4]

General information

The historic parish of Tysnæs was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1907, the small portion of Tysnes located on the mainland (population: 67) was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Kvinnherad. The municipal borders have not changed since that time.[5]


The municipality (originally the parish) are named after the old Tysnes farm (Old Norse: Týsnes), since the first Tysnes Church was built here. The first element is the genitive case of the name of the god Tyr and the last element is nes which means "headland".[6]

This is probably the only place in Norway named after the god Tyr. Several place names around the farm also have sacred meanings: Ve (holy place), Helgastein (holy rock), Godøy (the god's island), and Vevatnet (the holy lake). The old name of the big island of Tysnesøy was Njarðarl?g (the district of the god Njord). Recently, a sun phenomenon connected to the original Tysnes headland has been discovered, and this seems to be the starting-point of the sacral name complex.[6]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 28 October 1971. The arms are derived from the seal of the medieval Onarheim guild. Onarheim is a village on the island of Tysnesøya. It was historically a Viking Age center of power in the Sunnhordland region. The village is now part of Tysnes municipality. The arms show two crossed silver axes on a blue background. There is a silver chevron above the axes which was added to the municipal arms to distinguish it from the medieval arms.[7]


The Church of Norway has three parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Tysnes. It is part of the Sunnhordland deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.

Churches in Tysnes
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Onarheim Onarheim Church Onarheim 1893
Reksteren og Uggdal Reksteren Church Reksteren 1937
Uggdal Church Uggdal 1876
Tysnes Tysnes Church Våge 1868


All municipalities in Norway, including Tysnes, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.

Municipal council

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Tysnes is made up of 21 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høgre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:21


The municipality consists of a group of islands, located south of the city of Bergen where the Hardangerfjorden and the coastal archipelago meet. The Bjørnafjorden lies north of the municipality and the Langenuen strait runs along the western side of the municipality. The largest of these islands, named Tysnesøya, can be reached from the mainland either by ferry to the village of Våge on the north side of the island or by the road bridge constructed on the eastern side of the island. The second largest island is Reksteren, which is connected to Tysnesøya by a small road bridge.


The newspaper Tysnes has been published in Tysnes since 1953.[9]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Tysnes" (in Norwegian). Retrieved .
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved .
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ a b Rygh, Oluf (1910). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Bergenhus amt (in Norwegian) (11 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 169-171.
  7. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.
  9. ^ "Hipp, hipp hurra - Tysnes fyller 60 år". Tysnesbladet (in Norwegian). 2013-07-04.

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