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Vestfold fylke
—  County  —
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Vestfold within Norway
Country Norway
County Vestfold
Region Østlandet
County ID NO-07
Official language form Bokmål
Demonym Vestfolding [1]
Administrative centre Tønsberg
 • Governor Mona Røkke
  (since 1989)
 • County Mayor Per-Eivind Johansen
  (since 2007)
Area(#18 in Norway, 0.71% of Norway's land area)
 • Total 2,224 km2 (859 sq mi)
 • Land 2,147 km2 (829 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 227,798
 • Density 102/km2 (260/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 8.7 %
 • Rank in Norway 10 (4.78% of nation)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Income (per capita) 148,300 NOK
GDP (per capita) 219,970 NOK (2001)
National Rank: 10 (3.11% of nation)
Data from Statistics Norway

Loudspeaker Vestfold  is a county in Norway, bordering Buskerud and Telemark. The county administration is in Tønsberg. Vestfold is located west of the Oslofjord, as the name indicates. It includes many smaller, but well-known, towns in Norway, such as Larvik, Sandefjord, Tønsberg, and Horten. The river Numedalslågen runs through the district. Many islands are located at the coast. Vestfold is mostly dominated by lowland and is among the best agricultural areas of Norway. Winters last about three months, while pleasant summer temperatures last from May to September, with a July average of 17°C (Tønsberg climate).

Vestfold is known for shipping and sailing. Formerly a headquarters for whaling fleets, the coastal towns of Vestfold now engage in fishing and shipbuilding. Some lumbering is carried on in the interior. The district also includes some of the best farmland in Norway.

Vestfold is the only county in which all municipalities have declared Bokmål to be their official written form of the Norwegian language.

History Edit

The family of Harald Fairhair, who was most likely the first king of the whole Norway, is said to have come from this area. At that time Vestfold, including Lier and Eiker, was a petty kingdom. Kings of Vestfold include:

Kaupang, a town from the Viking Age is believed to be the first town in Norway, although Tønsberg is the oldest town in Norway still existing. By the 10th century the local kings had established themselves as the first dynasty to begin the unification of Norway.

The nameEdit

Vestfold is the old name of the region - revived in modern times. Fold was the old name of the Oslofjord, and the meaning of the name Vestfold is 'the region west of the Fold'.

Before 1919 the county was called Jarlsberg og Larvik Amt. The amt was created in 1821, consisting of the two old counties of Jarlsberg and Larvik.

J. R. R. Tolkien also used Westfold as the name of a district in the fictional realm of Rohan, in his fantasy world of Middle-earth.

Municipalities Edit

Vestfold Municipalities

Vestfold County has a total of 14 municipalities:

  1. Andebu
  2. Hof
  3. Holmestrand
  4. Horten
  5. Lardal
  6. Larvik
  7. Nøtterøy
  8. Re
  9. Sande
  10. Sandefjord
  11. Stokke
  12. Svelvik
  13. Tjøme
  14. Tønsberg


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