Fitjar (help·info) is the administrative centre of Fitjar municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. The village is located on the northwestern shore of the island of Stord. It sits at the southern end of the Fitjarvika bay, a small arm off the main Selbjørnsfjorden. A large group of small islands lie just off the coast to the west. The 1.33-square-kilometre (330-acre) village has a population (2013) of 1,472 which gives it a population density of 1,107 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,870/sq mi). Fitjar Church is located in this central part of this village. The historic Battle of Fitjar took place in this area in the year 961.
View of the village
|• Total||1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi)|
|Elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
|• Density||1,107/km2 (2,870/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
The village (and municipality) is named after the old Fitjar farm, since the first Fitjar Church was built there. The name is the plural form of fit which means "vigorous meadow". Before 1900, the name was spelled "Fitje".
- Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
- "Fitjar, Fitjar (Hordaland)" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
- Store norske leksikon. "Fitjar – tettstaden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-01-26.
- Rygh, Oluf (1910). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Bergenhus amt (in Norwegian) (11 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 156.
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