Evje og Vegusdal

Evje og Vegusdal is a former municipality in the old Aust-Agder county in Norway. The 510-square-kilometre (200 sq mi)[2] existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 1877. It was located in the Setesdal region in parts of the present-day municipalities of Evje og Hornnes and Birkenes. The administrative centre was the village of Evje where the Evje Church is located.

Evje og Vegusdal herred
Evje Church cemetery and farm
Evje og Vegusdal within Aust-Agder
Coordinates: 58.5897°N 08.0104°E / 58.5897; 08.0104
Established1 Jan 1838
Disestablished1 Jan 1877
Administrative centreEvje
  Total510 km2 (200 sq mi)
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0934
Created asFormannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Succeeded byEvje and Vegusdal in 1877


The parish of Evje og Vegusdal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt law). According to the 1835 census the municipality had a population of 1,627.[3] On 1 January 1877, Evje og Vegusdal was divided to create two separate municipalities: Evje with a population of 870 and Vegusdal with a population of 935. These two municipalities later became parts of Evje og Hornnes and Birkenes respectively.[4]


The municipality (originally the parish) of Evje og Vegusdal is named after the farms Evje and Vegusdal. The old Evje farm (Old Norse: Efja) is where the first Evje Church was built. The name is identical with the word efja which means "eddy", probably referring to the river Otra that runs past it.[5] The old Vegusdal farm (Old Norse: Veikolfsdalr) is derived from the old male name, Veikolfr meaning "weak Ullfr" and the second part is the word dalr which means "valley", hence the "valley of weak Ullfr".[6]

See also


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. Kiær, Anders Nicolai; Helland, Amund; Vibe, Johan; Strøm, Boye (1904). Norges land og folk: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian). Norway: H. Aschehoug & Company. p. 368. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  3. Registreringssentral for historiske data. "Hjemmehørende folkemengde Aust-Agder 1801-1960" (in Norwegian). University of Tromsø.
  4. Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 193.
  6. Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 169.

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