|— Municipality —|
|• Mayor (2007)||Liv Kari Eskeland (H)|
|• Total||144 km2 (56 sq mi)|
|• Land||137 km2 (53 sq mi)|
|Area rank||360 in Norway|
|• Rank||60 in Norway|
|• Density||120/km2 (300/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||5.6 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1221|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
|Source: Statistics Norway.|
Stord is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. Stord is sometimes called "Norway in miniature" - as it has such a variety of landscapes: coastline, fjords, forests, agricultural land, and mountain areas.
Stord is located on the island of the same name, of which the northern part is included in Fitjar municipality. In addition to the southern part of the Stord island, the municipality includes the islands of Huglo, Storsøya and Føyno. The main population centres in Stord are Leirvik and Sagvåg. Stord has the highest population in the district of Sunnhordland, and was declared a city in 1997.
The battle of Stord was fought on or by this island between the Norwegian king Hakon Haraldsson and the Danish king Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson, supported by Hakon's brother's sons led by Harald "Greycloak" Eiriksson. The parish of Stordøen was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Fitjar was separated from Stord in 1860, and Valestrand in 1868.
The municipality is named after the main island of Stord (Old Norse: Storð). The name is old and was and still is used in Icelandic literature meaning ground or earth. Before 1889, the name was written "Stordøen".
An extensive tunnel and bridge system, the Triangle Link, connected Stord to the mainland on 27 December 2000 and to Bømlo on 30 April 2001. The airport in Stord is Stord Airport, Sørstokken. On 10 October 2006, Atlantic Airways Flight 670 skidded off the runway at the airport. Four people died.
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