Flora was a municipality in the Norwegian province of Sogn og Fjordane (became part of Vestland in 2020 ). It was west of the province's coast. Its administrative seat was Florø . As part of the local government reform in Norway , Flora and the western part of Vågsøy were merged to form the new municipality of Kinn on January 1, 2020 .
In the north, the municipality bordered on Bremanger and in the east on Gloppen and Naustdal . South of the Førdefjords was Askvoll . The center of the municipality was the westernmost village in Norway, Florø , which was founded in 1860. It was also the largest town in the municipality. The inhabitants of Flora were called Floraværing .
In the north of Florø there are several mountains with a height of over Ålfotbreen glacier with There are large areas of forest around the village of Eikefjord . The climate of Florø was shaped by its location on the coast, so it is often windy and rainy in the area. In Grøndalen in 1989 with 1190 millimeters of precipitation in one month, the highest precipitation value in the history of Norwegian weather records at that time.The highest point of the municipality was the
Riksvei 5 , which connects Flora with Førde , runs through the area of the former municipality . There are also connections via Riksvei 615 and Riksvei 614 . Ships of the Hurtigruten dock in Floro and there was an express boat connection between the local authority and the locations Måløy and Bergen . There was also an airfield and a helicopter base in the municipality.
Until its dissolution on December 31, 2019, Flora belonged to the former province of Sogn og Fjordane , where it was the second largest municipality in terms of population. Sogn og Fjordane was transferred to the newly created province of Vestland on January 1, 2020 as part of the regional reform in Norway , so that the entire municipal area is now in Vestland. The municipality of Flora merged with Vågsøy in the new municipality of Kinn. In contrast to the population of the much less populous municipality Vågsøy, a majority of the population in Floro was in favor of this merger.
When the municipality was dissolved, there were six hydropower plants in Flora. In 2016, the average electricity production was 26 gigawatt hours. The industry was mainly concentrated in the administrative center Florø. Industrial production was mainly characterized by shipbuilding, the fishing industry and the industry connected with oil production. In the field of fishing, salmon , herring and mackerel were exported and fish feed was produced. In terms of the amount of fish caught, Flora was the second most important fishing municipality in the former province of Sogn og Fjordane after Vågsøy .
- Svanøy Hovedgård, aristocratic residence from 1685
- Coastal Museum of Sogn og Fjordane
coat of arms
The commune's official coat of arms from 1967 showed three silver pegs on a red background. It was meant to indicate the herring stocks that used to be large.
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