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Stryn (Norway)
Basic data
Commune number : 4651
Province  (county) : Vestland
Administrative headquarters: Stryn
Coordinates : 61 ° 54 '  N , 6 ° 43'  E Coordinates: 61 ° 54 '  N , 6 ° 43'  E
Surface: 1,382.06 km²
Residents: 7,130  (Feb 27, 2020)
Population density : 5 inhabitants per km²
Language form : Nynorsk
Mayor : Per Kjøllesdal  ( Sp ) (2019)
Location in the province of Vestland
Location of the municipality in the province of Vestland

Stryn is a Norwegian municipality in the province of Vestland . 7,130 people live there (as of February 27, 2020). The administrative seat is the place of the same name Stryn.


Stryn lies in the interior of the Innviksfjord , which forms part of the Nordfjord . The municipality lies on the border with the provinces of Møre og Romsdal in the north and Innlandet in the east. Overall, the area is mountainous and characterized by deep valleys. The highest point is the Lodalskåpa with a height of 2082.9  moh. In the south of the municipality there are parts of the Jostedalsbreens , the largest glacier on the European mainland. It belongs to the Jostedalsbreen National Park . Other glaciers in Stryn are the Briksdalsbreen and the Tindefjellbreen .

About 3000 people live in the main town of Stryn. In addition to the main town of Stryn, the municipality also consists of Loen , Olden , Innvik , Utvik , Nordsida and Markane on both sides of the fjord . There are also other villages such as Oppstryn , Hjelle and Flo . As in most municipalities in Vestland Province, the official language form is Nynorsk , which is the rarer of the two written languages. The inhabitants of Stryn are called Stryning .

The Stryneelva, Loelva and Oldeelva streams flow into the Innvikfjord. About the Gamle Strynefjellsvegen and Riksvei 15 Stryn is on the part of the country Eastern Norway Østlandet connected. Gamle Strynefjellsvegen is a 27-kilometer road that is one of the Norwegian landscape routes. To the north there is a connection via Riksvei 60 .


Stryn belonged to the former province of Sogn og Fjordane until December 31, 2019 . As part of the nationwide regional reform, this was transferred to the newly formed Vestland Province on January 1, 2020. The current borders have existed since 1977. Before that, from 1965 the municipality of Hornindal, which became independent again in 1977, belonged to the municipality.

In the villages of Loen and Olden, evidence of a settlement in the area dating back over 6000 years was found. There are also finds from the Bronze Age , namely several roes , i.e. cairn graves.

The Kårstadsritzung


The Kårstadsritzung (N KJ53) is a rune plaque found in Innvik parish in Stryn in 1927. It consists of a swastika , about 10 partially damaged pictures of ships and an inscription with older runes . It was originally dated to AD 200-400 and attracted a lot of interest because of its early dating, but the dating was postponed somewhat as early as the 1930s. The content of the text is unclear and doubts have been expressed as to whether all parts of the carving date from the same period.


Agricultural production is primarily focused on animal husbandry and fruit and berry cultivation . Mainly goats and chickens are kept. There are also fur farms in the municipality, which, however, will have to be closed by February 2025 by law. The logging plays a greater role for the community. In the industrial sector, among other things, the food industry is important.

Tourism is another important source of income. There are sixteen power plants in Stryn , which together had an average annual production of 109 gigawatt hours in 2016. Thus, rather little electricity is produced in the municipality.


In the vicinity of Stryn is the Stryn Summer Ski Center , a glacier ski area that can also be used in summer. Bjørkelibakken , a ski jumping facility that was built in 1920, is also located in the municipality . Norwegian championships in various winter sports have already taken place in Stryn.

coat of arms

In the municipal coat of arms there is a golden branch of linden on a green background, which refers to the linden forest in the Flostranda nature reserve. It has served as the municipality's official coat of arms since 1987.

Sons and daughters of the church


  • Arthur Nordén: Kårstadsristningens skepp Typ Stockholm, 1933.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Statistisk sentralbyrå - Befolkning
  2. Høyeste fjelltopp i hver commune. Kartverket, September 1, 2015, accessed on February 29, 2020 (Norwegian Bokmål).
  3. Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar and fylkeskommunar (målvedtaksforskrifta) - Lovdata. Lovdata, accessed February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).
  4. Innbyggjarnamn. Språkrådet, accessed February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).
  5. Nasjonale Turistveger: Gamle Strynefjellsvegen. Retrieved February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).
  6. Nye fylker. In: December 19, 2019, accessed February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).
  7. Fornfunn i Stryn - Allkunne. Allkunne, June 5, 2012, accessed February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).
  8. Utale frå Stryn kommune v / kommunestyret - forslag til lov om forbod mot hald av pelsdyr. In: Retrieved February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).
  9. Lov om forbud mot hold av pelsdyr - Lovdata. In: Lovdata. Retrieved February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).
  10. Stryn - off-piste med fjordutsikt. Visit Norway, accessed February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).
  11. Nordfjord Fritidssenter, Stryn. In: Retrieved on February 29, 2020 (German).
  12. Kommunevåpenet - Stryn kommune. Stryn Municipality, accessed February 29, 2020 (Norwegian).