Lindesnes is a municipality in the county of Vest-Agder, Norway. Lindesnes was created as a new municipality on 1 January 1964 after the merger of the older municipalities of Spangereid, Sør-Audnedal, and Vigmostad.
It is a coastal municipality, with a long stretch of coastline to the south. It also borders Audnedal municipality to the north, Lyngdal to the west, and Mandal and Marnardal to the east. The lighthouse of Lindesnes stands on the southernmost point of the mainland of Norway.
The oldest Old Norse
form of the name was Líðandi
. That name is derived from the verb líða
which means "go to an end" and the meaning is probably just "the end". A later form was Líðandisnes
where the suffix -nes
which means "headland
" was added. (The English
form of -nes
is from modern times. They were granted on 25 April 1986. The arms show the local lighthouse
, the oldest lighthouse in Norway. It was built in 1655 on the headland of Lindesnes.