Hægebostad

Hægebostad

Hægebostad is a municipality in the Vest-Agder county, Norway. Hægebostad was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Eiken was separated from Hægebostad on 1 January 1916 but it was again merged back with Hægebostad on 1 January 1963.

It is an inland municipality, with Åseral municipality to the northeast, Kvinesdal to the west, Lyngdal to the south, and Audnedal to the east.

General information

Name

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Hægebostad farm (Old Norse Helgabólstaðir), since the first church was built there. The first element is helg- which means "holy" and the last element is the plural form of bólstaðr which means "homestead" or "farm". Before 1889, the name was written Hegebostad.

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 April 1986. The arms show the two swords dating from the 4th-6th century that were found in the municipality. They symbolize the famous swords of Snartemo and Eiken found in the municipality. The swords were highly decorated with silver and gold.

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