Rogaland is a county in Western Norway, bordering Hordaland, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder counties. Rogaland is the center of the Norwegian petroleum industry. In 2016, Rogaland had an unemployment rate of one of the highest in Norway. In 2015, Rogaland had a fertility rate of 1.78 children per woman, the highest in the country. The Diocese of Stavanger for the Church of Norway includes all of Rogaland county. Rogaland is the region's Old Norse name, revived in modern times. During Denmark's rule of Norway until the year 1814, the county was named Stavanger amt, after the large city of Stavanger; the first element is the plural genitive case of rygir, referring to the name of an old Germanic tribe. The last element is land which means "land" or "region". In Old Norse times, the region was called Rygjafylki; the coat-of-arms is modern. The arms are blue with a silver pointed cross in the centre; the cross is based on the old stone cross in the oldest national monument in Norway. It was erected in memory of Erling Skjalgsson after his death in 1028.
This type of cross was common in medieval Norway. Rogaland is a coastal region with fjords and islands, the principal island being Karmøy; the vast Boknafjorden is the largest bay, with many fjords branching off from it. Stavanger/Sandnes, the third-largest urban area of Norway, is in central Rogaland and it includes the large city of Stavanger and the neighboring municipalities of Sandnes and Sola. Together, this conurbation is ranked above the city Trondheim in population rankings in Norway. There are many cities/towns in Rogaland other than Sandnes, they include Haugesund, Sauda, Kopervik, Åkrehamn, Skudeneshavn. Karmøy has large deposits of copper. Sokndal has large deposits of ilmenite. Rogaland is the most important region for oil and gas exploration in Norway, the Jæren district in Rogaland is one of the country's most important agricultural districts. There are remains in Rogaland from the earliest times, such as the excavations in a cave at Viste in Randaberg; these include. Various archeological finds stem from the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.
Many crosses in Irish style have been found. Rogaland was called Rygjafylke in the Viking Age. Before Harald Fairhair and the Battle of Hafrsfjord, it was a petty kingdom; the Rugians were a tribe connected with Rogaland. A series of festivals and congresses of international fame and profile are arranged, such as The Chamber Music Festival, The Maijazz Festival, The Gladmat Festival, The ONS event, held in Stavanger every second year since 1974; the ONS is a major international conference and exhibition with focus on oil and gas, other topics from the petroleum industry. The Concert Hall and Music Complex at Bjergsted and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra provide important inspiration in the Norwegian musical environment. Another annual event in Stavanger is The World Tour Beach Volleyball. During this tournament, the downtown is converted into a beach volleyball arena. Rogaland is home to many natural wonders, like Prekestolen and Gloppedalsura. In Stavanger, there is an archeological museum with many artifacts from early history in Rogaland.
An Iron Age farm at Ullandhaug in Stavanger is reconstructed on the original farm site dating back to 350–500 AD. The Viking Farm is a museum at Karmøy; the county is conventionally divided into traditional districts. These are Haugalandet north of the Boknafjorden, Ryfylke in the mountainous east, Jæren to the southwest, Dalane in the far south, the Stavanger region. Rogaland has a total of 26 municipalities: Total population: Anders Andersen Bjelland, politician Bendix Ebbell, amateur Egyptologist, Rogaland county physician from 1917 to 1935. Official county website Region Stavanger Official tourism site for the Stavanger region
Western Norway is the region along the Atlantic coast of southern Norway. It consists of the counties Rogaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal; the region has a population of 1.3 million people. The largest city is Bergen and the second-largest is Stavanger; the regions of Agder, Vest-Telemark, Hallingdal and northern parts of Gudbrandsdal have been included in Western Norway. Western Norway, as well as other parts of historical regions of Norway, shares a common history with Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Iceland and to a lesser extent the Netherlands and Britain. For example, the Icelandic horse is a close relative of the Fjord horse and both the Faroese and Icelandic languages are based on the Old West Norse. In early Norse times, people from Western Norway became settlers at the Western Isles in the Northern Atlantic, so that Orkney, the Faroe Islands and Iceland. During the Viking age settlements were made at the Hebrides and Ireland proper. In early modern time, Western Norway has had much emigration to the United States, to a lesser extent to the United Kingdom.
This applies to the US states of Minnesota and South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Manitoba. The Icelandic and Faroese people, many people in the British Isles, are descendants of Norsemen and Vikings who emigrated from Western Norway during the Viking Age. On the other hand, thousands of Western Norwegians are descendants of Dutch and German traders who arrived in the 16th and the 17th centuries in Bergen. Western Norway has the lowest unemployment rates, lowest crime rates, smallest public sector, fewest people on welfare and the most innovative economy in the country, it is regarded as Norway's most functional region. Vestlandet is the name chosen for a future administrative region consisting of two of the four counties, viz. Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane; the two counties will be re-merged after having been split in 1763. Norway's history begins on the west coast in Rogaland. Excavations and rock art tells us that it was in Rogaland that the first humans settled in Norway, when the ice retreated after the last ice age ca. 10,000 years ago.
There are many artifacts from the Stone Age in Rogaland. The preliminary oldest traces of humans are found in a settlement on Galta, Rennesøy, near the ferry terminal Mortavika and Vista on Randaberg. In the beginning there has been sure short visits by people from the south who hunted along the coast, it is thought that people came from Doggerland, the North Sea land area between Denmark and England, which disappeared when the ice retreated and sea levels rose. The people who lived there must now find a new land; some retreated south again, while a few passed the Norwegian Trench in its hunt for deer and the new country. The region includes most of the scope of the old Gulating, founded around the year 900; the Gulating Act divided the country into the Western counties, which consisted of the former småkongedømmene that existed in the area before the unification of the 800's and was converted to jarle judge. These were Sunnmørafylke, Firda County, Sygna County, Hordafylke and Egdafylke. Before the millennium, iron was introduced and used in agriculture, there was a shortage of land to cultivate.
In the same period, the kings’ power increased, large tax claims caused many to seek freedom and fortune abroad. Many emigrated, looting became an alternative source of income. Effective boats and weapons made, but the images of Vikings as bloodthirsty plunderers are not always representative. The Vikings were involved in a wealthy merchant trade, not only in Europe but including the Byzantine Empire and the Baghdad Caliphate. Vikings are introduced with the Viking attack on Lindisfarne in 793, when they made their mark in European history; the era ends with the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066. Vikings' seaworthiness and wanderlust resulted in new areas being developed. Norwegian settlers moved into the North Sea westward to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Isle of Mann and the Hebrides. Settlements were established in the southeast corner of Ireland including in Dublin and Wexford. Norwegians settled along the northwest area of England, principally in the area of modern-day Cumbria; the Norwegian Vikings discovered Vinland, present-day America, long before Christopher Columbus.
Christianity became the dominant religion in Norway in the 11th century, but the religion was known among Norwegians in the 7th century. While Eastern Norway was introduced to Christianity by missionaries and monks from Germany and Friesland, Western Norway was introduced to the religion by English, Irish people and Vikings who had converted to Christianity. Norse paganism existed in some areas in Western Norway until they were replaced by Christianity in the 13th century; the coastal areas were the first to introduce the new faith, the inland areas. Churches were planted everywhere; the main source of information about the settlement period in Iceland is the Book of Settlements, written in the 12th century, which gives a detailed account of the first settlers. According to this book, Western Norwegian sailors accidentally discovered the country. A few voyages of exploration were made soon after that and the settlement started. Ingólfur Arnarson was said to be the first settler, he was
Sjernarøy Church is a parish church in Finnøy municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is located on the island of Kyrkjøy in the Sjernarøyane islands; the church is part of the Sjernarøy parish in the Tungenes deanery in the Diocese of Stavanger. The red, wooden church was built in 1647, it seats about 160 people. The interior walls of the church are decorated with hand-painted rosemåling. List of churches in Rogaland
Ombo is the largest island in the Ryfylke region on the southwestern coast of Norway, is the second largest island in Rogaland county. The 57.5-square-kilometre island of Ombo is divided between the municipalities Hjelmeland and Finnøy. There are several villages on the island including Jørstadvåg, Eidssund in the western part of the island which belongs to Finnøy municipality; the villages of Tuftene, Skipavik, Skår, Vestersjø are located on the southeastern part of the island which belongs to Hjelmeland municipality. Jørstad Church is located in the village of Jørstadvåg; the island is at the northeastern edge of a large group of islands in the Boknafjorden. Ombo is located north of the islands of Randøy and Halsnøya, northeast of the island of Finnøy, east of the Sjernarøyane archipelago; the highest point on the island is the 515-metre tall Bandåsen. Ombo is surrounded by fjords; the Ombofjorden to the east, Gardssundfjorden to the south, Gapafjorden to the west, Jelsafjorden to the north. After the road was built around the island of Ombo, a distinctive rock formation was visible from the new road.
The rock formation looks like a face, was named Adam. Among the local residents, this is called "Ombo-gubben". There are no outside road connections to Ombo—it is only accessible by boat. There are regular ferry connections that stop at Eidssund on the west coast from Judaberg, Sjernarøyane, Jelsa, Halsnøya, Fogn. There are regular ferry connections from Skipavik on the eastern shore of the island to Nesvik and Hjelmelandsvågen on the mainland. List of islands of Norway
Statistics Norway is the Norwegian statistics bureau. It was established in 1876. Relying on a staff of about 1,000, Statistics Norway publish about 1,000 new statistical releases every year on its web site. All releases are published both in Norwegian and English. In addition a number of edited publications are published, all are available on the web site for free; as the central Norwegian office for official government statistics, Statistics Norway provides the public and government with extensive research and analysis activities. It is administratively placed under the Ministry of Finance but operates independently from all government agencies. Statistics Norway has a board appointed by the government, it relies extensively on data from registers, but are collecting data from surveys and questionnaires, including from cities and municipalities. Statistics Norway was established in 1876; the Statistics Act of 1989 provides the legal framework for Statistics Norway's activities. Statistics Norway has been criticized in 2018 for misrepresenting employment levels for African and Asian immigrants due to employment was counted from 1 weekly hour of work.
Counting full-time employment as 30 hours of work per week, the figures were lower. While official figures show that 35.2% of Pakistani female immigrants are employed, only 20% are in full time employment. The agency is led by a Director General. Geir Axelsen, Director General, Birger Vikøren, acting Director General Christine Meyers, Director General. In the autumn of 2017 resigned from that position after Finance Minister Siv Jensen declared that Myers no longer had her confidence; the conflict was the question of. Kostra Official website
Fister is a village in Hjelmeland municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The village is located on a branch off the main Boknafjorden; the village lies about 8 kilometres northwest of the village of Årdal and about 10 kilometres southwest of the municipal centre of Hjelmelandsvågen. Fister has the highest average temperature in Norway, it is visited by many tourists each year although there are no big tourist attractions except for the beautiful nature and fishing in the fjords. Fister Church is located in the village, it was built in 1867 using plans drawn by the architect, Hans Linstow, who designed several churches in Norway, in addition to the Royal Palace, Oslo. The village of Fister was the administrative centre of the municipality of Fister which existed from 1884 until 1965
Ryfylke is a traditional district in the northeastern part of Rogaland county, Norway. The 4,546-square-kilometre district is located northeast of the city of Stavanger and east of the city of Haugesund and it encompasses about 60% of the county's area, it includes the mainland east of the Høgsfjorden. It includes the islands located on the south side of the Boknafjorden. To the east, Ryfylke borders the districts of Setesdal and Sirdal, to the south is Jæren, to the west is Haugalandet. Ryfylke is one of the 15 districts in Western Norway. Ryfylke comprises the contemporary municipalities of Sauda, Finnøy, Forsand, Kvitsøy, Rennesøy. There are no large cities in Ryfylke. Scenic attractions include the world-famous attractions of the Lysefjord with the mountain Preikestolen and the mountain Kjerag; the landscape of Ryfylke is characterized by high mountains in the interior. At Haukalivatnet lake there is a distinct end moraine created by a prehistoric glacier; this moraine led professor Jens Esmark to formulate the theory of an ice age over Scandinavia and other parts of the world.
Esmark believed. The Old Norse form of the name was Rygjafylki; the first element is the genitive plural of rygr which means "person that eats rye" and the last element is fylke which means "people" and has the same origin as German "volk". Lysefjord and Lysebotn Destination Ryfylke Map hiking Ryfylkemuseeet The Ryfylke Museum