Frei

Frei

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Otto, Frei, 1925-, German architect. Most notable for his tensile and pneumatic structures, Otto is among the first major architects to experiment with lightweight design. He is a noted designer of exhibition tents and sports arenas. Otto has also experimented with pneumatic membranes stabilized and maintained by means of air and gas pressure. Structures built with these membranes are used for oil-storage tanks, grain silos, and greenhouses.

Frei is a former municipality in the county of Møre og Romsdal, Norway.

The municipality was established January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt) and was merged with Kristiansund January 1, 2008.

Frei is also the name of the main island of the former municipality with an area of 62.5 km².

Name

The municipality was named after the island of Frei (Old Norse Freiðr). The meaning of the name is unknown (maybe derived from fríðr 'good, beautiful'). Until 1889, the name was written Fredø.

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1987, designed by local architect and painter Nils Fiske). It shows two crowns - to represent the kings Haakon I of Norway and Haakon VII of Norway. (The Battle of Rastarkalv took place in the municiaplity in 955 - and Haakon VII visited the municipality and commemorated the battle in 1955.)

History

The Viking-era Battle of Rastarkalv, between Haakon I of Norway and the sons of Eric I of Norway, took place here in 955 AD.

Frei was merged into Kristiansund on January 1, 2008. The new municipality's name, as well as its administrative center, is Kristiansund.

Frei's largest and central community is Rensvik, but the municipality administration and health services are located near Omsundet.

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