Fjaler is a municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Sunnfjord. The administrative centre is the village of Dale.
It was the birth place of famous Norwegian poet Jakob Sande. The Red Cross Nordic United World College at Haugland, one of the ten United World Colleges of the world is also located here, as well as the Åsnes ski factory, the Nordic Art Centre at Dalsåsen and the Dale/Jarl shoe factory. There is a car ferry from Dale to Eikenes in Askvoll municipality, and buses depart to Førde, Rysjedalsvika, Hyllestad, and the west of Fjaler. Førde Airport, Bringeland is 28 kilometres to the east, with flights to Oslo and Bergen.
The name (Old Norse Fjalir
) originally belonged to the fjord
). The name is probably the plural form of fjöl
which means 'board'. The old name was revived in 1913, before then the name of the municipality was Ytre Holmedal
. (See also Gaular
is from modern times (1991). It shows two bridges since there are a lot of old, historic bridges in the municipality.
was established as a municipality
on 1 January 1838
). The original municipality was identical to the Ytre Holmedal parish (prestegjeld)
with the sub-parishes (sokn
) of Holmedal, Dale
, and Fjaler.
In 1912, the name Ytre Holmedal was changed to Fjaler.
On 1 January 1990, some changes were made to the boundaries between Fjaler, Gaular, and Askvoll. Fure, Folkestad, and Våge (population: 482) in Askvoll was transferred to Fjaler. Vårdal, Holmedal, Rivedal, and a part of Hestad (population: 731) in Fjaler was transferred to Askvoll. The parts of Hestad that didn't go to Askvoll (population: 90) were transferred to Gaular.
The Church of Norway
has four churches
within the municipality of Fjaler. It is part of the Diocese of Bjørgvin
and the Rural Deanery (Prosti)
Churches in Fjaler
of the Church
|| Dale kyrkje
|| Dale |
|| Våge |
|| Guddal |
|| Hellevik |
All municipalities in Norway, including Fjaler, are responsible for primary education
(through 10th grade), outpatient health services
, senior citizen
and other social services
, economic development
, and municipal roads
. The municipality is governed by a municipal council
of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor
The municipal council (Kommunestyre)
of Fjaler is made up of 23 representatives that are elected to every four years. For 2007–2011, the party
breakdown is as follows:
The mayor (ordførar)
of a municipality in Norway is a representative of the majority party of the municipal council who is elected to lead the council. Arve Helle of the Labour Party (Det Norske Arbeiderpartiet)
was re-elected mayor for the 2007-2011 term.