Rogaland fylke
—  County  —
Coat of arms of Rogaland fylke
Coat of arms
Rogaland within Norway
Country Norway
County Rogaland
Region Vestlandet
County ID NO-11
Official language form Neutral
Demonym Rogalending [1]
Administrative centre Stavanger
 • Governor Harald Thune (acting)
  (since 2008)
 • County Mayor Tom Tvedt
  (since 2007)
Area(#13 in Norway, 2.82% of Norway's land area)
 • Total 9,378 km2 (3,621 sq mi)
 • Land 8,590 km2 (3,320 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 416,943
 • Density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 9.8 %
 • Rank in Norway 4 (8.49% of nation)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Income (per capita) 155,000 NOK
GDP (per capita) 267,340 NOK (2001)
National Rank: 4 (6.63% of nation)
Data from Statistics Norway

About this sound Rogaland  is a county in Norway, bordering Hordaland, Telemark, Aust-Agder, and Vest-Agder. It is the center of the Norwegian petroleum industry; as a result of that, Rogaland has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in Norway, 1.1%.[2]


Rogaland is the Old Norse name of the region - revived in modern times. (Until 1919 the name of the county was Stavanger amt.) The first element is the plural genitive case of rygir, the name of an old Germanic tribe (see Rugians). The last element is land n 'land, region'.

See also Hordaland


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1974). It shows the old stone cross in Sola, erected in memory of Erling Skjalgsson after his death in 1028.


Rogaland is mainly a coastal region with fjords, beaches, and islands, the principal island being Karmøy. Boknafjorden is the largest bay, with many fjords branching off from it.

The third largest urban area of Norway is located in Rogaland. Stavanger, along with Sandnes, Randaberg, and Sola, is ranked above Trondheim

Cities/towns: Stavanger, Sandnes, Haugesund, Egersund, Sauda, Bryne, Kopervik, and Skudenshavn.

Karmøy has large deposits of copper (some of which was used in the construction of the Statue of Liberty). Rogaland is the most important region for oil and gas exploration in Norway, and is one of the country's most important agricultural districts.


In the district are remains from the earliest times, such as the excavations in a cave at Viste in Randaberg (Svarthola). These include the find of a skeleton of a boy from the Stone Age. Various archeological findings stem from the following times, 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 possibly connected with Rogaland.

Administrative divisions[]

The county is conventionally divided into traditional districts. These are Haugalandet north of Boknafjorden, Ryfylke in the mountainous east, and Jæren to the southwest and Dalane in the far south.

Location of Rogaland Municipalities

Rogaland has a total of 26 municipalities:

  1. Bjerkreim
  2. Bokn
  3. Eigersund
  4. Finnøy
  5. Forsand
  6. Gjesdal
  7. Haugesund
  8. Hjelmeland
  9. Karmøy
  10. Klepp
  11. Kvitsøy
  12. Lund
  1. Randaberg
  2. Rennesøy
  3. Sandnes
  4. Sauda
  5. Sokndal
  6. Sola
  7. Stavanger
  8. Strand
  9. Suldal
  10. Time
  11. Tysvær
  12. Utsira
  13. Vindafjord


Orrestranda in the Jæren district.

A series of festivals and congresses of international fame and profile are arranged, such as The Chamber Music Festival, The Maijazz Festival, The Gladmat (lit. food with a happy smile) Festival, and The ONS event, which has been held in Stavanger every second year since 1974. The ONS is a major international conference and exhibition with focus on oil and gas, and 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, Kjerag, 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 located at Karmøy.

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