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Rennesøy coat of arms

Rennesøy was a municipality in the Norwegian Fylke Rogaland . Its administrative seat was Vikevåg. The municipality was made up of eight larger islands: Rennesøy, Mosterøy, Bru, Fjøløy , Klosterøy , Vestre Åmøy, Sokn and Brimse. There were also a number of small islands such as Fjøløya . The municipality was part of the Ryfylke region . As part of the municipal reform in Norway , Rennesøy and Finnøy were merged with Stavanger on January 1, 2020 .

4847 inhabitants lived in an area of ​​66 km² (as of January 1, 2019). The commune number was 1142.


Stone tools (an ax and arrow / spearheads) around 10,000 years old have been found on Rennesøy . The traces found in Galta are the oldest traces of human settlement in Norway.

The former Augustinian monastery Utstein is on the island of Klosterøy. It was founded after 1263 and was dedicated to St. Laurentius (Lavrans). The dissolution happened in 1536.

In the 1990s, emigration threatened extensive depopulation of the community. In 1992 the islands were connected to the nearby mainland around Stavanger by tunnels and bridges, which reversed the trend. New residential areas and shopping opportunities were created.


About 62% of the island's area is used for agriculture. Above all, sheep and cattle are raised. In 2000 there were 83 farms with a focus on milk production. A total of around 10,000 sheep are kept. In addition, the cultivation of tomatoes is of particular importance.


  • Véronique Mignot-Bari: Stavanger and its surroundings , Trolls of Norway 2008, ISBN 978-82-92868-08-9 , page 92.

Individual evidence

  1. Navn på nye kommuner. February 19, 2019, accessed January 18, 2020 (Norwegian).
  2. ^ Véronique Mignot-Bari, Stavanger and its surroundings , Trolls of Norway 2008, ISBN 978-82-92868-08-9 , page 93

Coordinates: 59 ° 6 '  N , 5 ° 42'  E