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Coordinates: 59°N 06°E / 59°N 6°E / 59; 6
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Rogaland County
Rogaland fylke
Rogaland within Norway
Rogaland within Norway
Coordinates: 59°N 06°E / 59°N 6°E / 59; 6
DistrictWestern Norway
Administrative centreStavanger
 • BodyRogaland County Municipality
 • Governor (2021)Bent Høie (H)
 • County mayor
Ole Ueland (H)
 • Total9,377.31 km2 (3,620.60 sq mi)
 • Land8,575.70 km2 (3,311.10 sq mi)
 • Water801.61 km2 (309.50 sq mi)  8.5%
 • Rank#10 in Norway
 (1 January 2024)
 • Total499,417
 • Rank#4 in Norway
 • Density56.3/km2 (146/sq mi)
Official language
 • Norwegian formNeutral
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-11[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Rogaland (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈrûːɡɑlɑn] ) is a county in Western Norway, bordering the North Sea to the west and the counties of Vestland to the north, Telemark to the east and Agder to the east and southeast. Per 1. January 2024, it had a population of 499,417 people.

The administrative centre of the county is the city of Stavanger, which is one of the largest cities in Norway.


Rogaland is the region's Old Norse name, which was revived in modern times. During Denmark's rule of Norway until the year 1814, the county was named Stavanger amt, after the large city of Stavanger. The first element is the plural genitive case of rygir which is probably referring to the name of an old Germanic tribe (see Rugians). The last element is land which means "land" or "region". In Old Norse times, the region was called Rygjafylki.[4]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms is modern; it was granted on 11 January 1974. The arms are blue with a white or silver pointed cross in the centre. The cross is based on the old stone cross in Sola, the oldest national monument in Norway. It was erected in memory of Erling Skjalgsson after his death in 1028. This type of cross was very common in medieval Norway.[5]


Rogaland is mainly a coastal region with fjords, beaches, and islands, the principal island being Karmøy. The vast Boknafjorden is the largest bay, with many fjords branching off from it.

Stavanger/Sandnes, the third-largest urban area of Norway, is also a central area for the Norwegian petroleum industry. The area includes the large cities of Stavanger and Sandnes. The municipalities Randaberg, and Sola is also in close proximity. Together, this conurbation is ranked above the city Trondheim in population rankings in Norway.

There are also other cities/towns in Rogaland other than Stavanger and Sandnes. They include Haugesund, Egersund, Sauda, Jørpeland, Bryne, Kopervik, Åkrehamn, and Skudeneshavn.

Karmøy has large deposits of copper (some from the Visnes mine was used in the construction of the Statue of Liberty).[6] Sokndal has large deposits of ilmenite. Rogaland is the most important region for oil and gas exploration in Norway, and the Jæren district in Rogaland is one of the country's most important agricultural districts.


There are remains in Rogaland from the earliest times, such as the excavations in a cave at Viste in Randaberg (Svarthola). These include the find of a skeleton of a boy from the Stone Age. Various archeological finds stem from the following times, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Many crosses in Irish style have been found. Rogaland was called Rygjafylke in the Viking Age. Before Harald Fairhair and the Battle of Hafrsfjord, it was a petty kingdom. The Rugians were a tribe possibly connected with Rogaland.

Culture and tourism[edit]

A series of festivals and congresses of international fame and profile are arranged, such as The Chamber Music Festival, The Maijazz Festival, The Gladmat (lit. happy food) Festival, and The ONS event, which has been held in Stavanger every second year since 1974. The ONS is a major international conference and exhibition with focus on oil and gas, and other topics from the petroleum industry. The Concert Hall and Music Complex at Bjergsted and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra provide important inspiration in the Norwegian musical environment. Another annual event in Stavanger is The World Tour Beach Volleyball. During this tournament, the downtown is converted into a beach volleyball arena.

Rogaland is home to many natural wonders, like Prekestolen, Kjerag and Gloppedalsura. In Stavanger, there is an archeological museum with many artifacts from early history in Rogaland. An Iron Age farm at Ullandhaug in Stavanger is reconstructed on the original farm site dating back to 350–500 AD. The Viking Farm is a museum at Karmøy.


A county (fylke) is the chief local administrative area in Norway. The whole country is divided into 11 counties. A county is also an election area, with popular votes taking place every 4 years. In Rogaland, the government of the county is the Rogaland County Municipality. It includes 47 members who are elected to form a county council (Fylkesting). Heading the Fylkesting is the county mayor (fylkesordførar). Since 2020, the Rogaland County Municipality has been led by Marianne Chesak, the county mayor.

The county also has a County Governor (fylkesmann) who is the representative of the King and Government of Norway. Bent Høie is the incumbent governor, in office since 1 November 2021.

The municipalities in Rogaland are divided among several district courts (tingrett): Dalane District Court, Haugaland District Court, Jæren District Court, and Stavanger District Court. All of these courts are subordinate to the Gulating Court of Appeal district based in Bergen.



Rogaland County has a total of 23 municipalities:[7][8]

Name Adm. Centre Location in
the county
Established Includes (former municipalities)
1101 Eigersund Egersund 1 Jan 1965 1101 Egersund
1113 Heskestad (part)
1115 Helleland
1103 Stavanger Stavanger 1 Jan 1838 1124 Håland (part)
1125 Madla
1126 Hetland (part)
1132 Fister (part)
1133 Hjelmeland og Fister (part)
1140 Sjernarøy
1141 Finnøy
1142 Rennesøy
1106 Haugesund Haugesund 1 Jan 1855 1152 Torvastad (part)
1153 Skåre
1108 Sandnes Sandnes 1 Jan 1838 1123 Høyland
1126 Hetland (part)
1128 Høle (part)
1129 Forsand (part)
1111 Sokndal Hauge 1 Jan 1838 1107 Sogndal
1112 Lund Moi 1 Jan 1838 1113 Heskestad (part)
1114 Bjerkreim Vikeså 1 Jan 1838
1119 Varhaug 1 Jan 1964 1117 Ogna
1118 Varhaug
1119 Nærbø
1120 Klepp Kleppe 1 Jan 1838
1121 Time Bryne 1 Jan 1838
1122 Gjesdal Ålgård 1 Jan 1838 1128 Høle (part)
1124 Sola Solakrossen 1 Jan 1930 1124 Håland (part)
1127 Randaberg Randaberg 1 July 1922
1130 Strand Jørpeland 1 Jan 1838 1129 Forsand (part)
1133 Hjelmeland Hjelmelandsvågen 1 July 1884 1131 Årdal
1132 Fister (part)
1133 Hjelmeland og Fister (part)
1134 Suldal Sand 1 Jan 1838 1136 Sand
1137 Erfjord
1138 Jelsa
1156 Imsland (part)
1135 Sauda Sauda 1 Jan 1842
1144 Kvitsøy Ydstebøhamn 1 Jan 1923
1145 Bokn Føresvik 1 Jan 1849
1146 Tysvær Aksdal 1 Jan 1849 1139 Nedstrand
1147 Avaldsnes (part)
1154 Skjold (part)
1149 Karmøy Kopervik 1 Jan 1965 1104 Skudeneshavn
1105 Kopervik
1147 Avaldsnes (part)
1148 Stangaland
1149 Åkra
1150 Skudenes
1152 Torvastad (part)
1151 Utsira Utsira 1 July 1924
1160 Vindafjord Ølensjøen 1 Jan 1965 1154 Skjold (part)
1155 Vats
1156 Imsland (part)
1157 Vikedal
1158 Sandeid
1159 Ølen




  • Askøy (Askø)
  • Avaldsnes
  • Bjerkreim
  • Bokn (Bukken)
  • Bore
  • Domkirken, Stavanger
  • Egersund
  • Erfjord
  • Falnes
  • Ferkingstad
  • Finnøy (Hesby)
  • Fister
  • Forsand (Fossan)
  • Frue, see Hetland
  • Førdesfjorden
  • Gjestal
  • Haugesund
  • Hausken
  • Helleland
  • Hesby
  • Heskestad
  • Hetland
  • Hjelmeland
  • Hvidingsø
  • Høgsfjord
  • Høle
  • Høyland
  • Håland
  • Imsland
  • Jelsa (Jelsø)
  • Klepp
  • Kopervik
  • Kvitsøy (Hvidingsø)
  • Lund
  • Lye
  • Madla
  • Malle, see Madla
  • Mosterøy
  • Nedstrand (Hinderå)
  • Norheim
  • Nærbø
  • Nærem
  • Ogna
  • Orre
  • Randaberg (Randeberg)
  • Rennesøy
  • Riska (Riskekvernen)
  • Røldal (in Hordaland after 1848)
  • Sand
  • Sandeid
  • Sandnes
  • Sankt Johannes, Stavanger
  • Sankt Petri, Stavanger
  • Saude (Sauda)
  • Sjernarøy
  • Skjold
  • Skudenes
  • Skudeneshavn
  • Skåre
  • Sokndal
  • Sola (Sole)
  • Soma
  • Stavanger
  • Strand
  • Suldal
  • Sørbø
  • Talgøy (Talgje)
  • Tananger
  • Time (Lye)
  • Tjora
  • Torvastad (Torvestad)
  • Tysvær
  • Utsira
  • Utstein Kloster
  • Varhaug
  • Vats
  • Vedavågen
  • Vikedal
  • Vår Frue, see Hetland
  • Åkra
  • Åkra (old)
  • Åna-Sira
  • Årdal
  • Egersund Branch (LDS, 1899–1913)
  • Haugesund Branch (LDS, 1905–1950)
  • Stavanger Branch (LDS, 1850–1938)
  • Stavanger (Dissentermenigheter: Stavanger, Klepp, and Haugesund 1859–1903)
  • Stavanger (Vennenes Samfund- Quakers, 1821–1951)


Former municipalities[edit]


Higher Education[edit]


Religion in Rogaland[9][10]
religion percent

Total population:[11][12]

Historical population
2031 (est.)

In popular culture[edit]

Rogaland is a playable region within Norway in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, called Rygjafylke in the game. It is also the homeland of the game’s main character, Eivor Varinsdottir.


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