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Hyllestad kommune —  Municipality  — Coat of arms Sogn og Fjordane within Norway Hyllestad within Sogn og Fjordane Coordinates: 61°9′48″N 5°20′20″E / 61.16333°N 5.33889°E / 61.16333; 5.33889Coordinates: 61°9′48″N 5°20′20″E / 61.16333°N 5.33889°E / 61.16333; 5.33889 Country Norway County Sogn og Fjordane District Sogn Administrative centre Hyllestad Government  - Mayor (2007) Tore Bråstad (Sp) Area  - Total 259.07 km2 (100 sq mi)  - Land 247.98 km2 (95.7 sq mi)  - Water 11.09 km2 (4.3 sq mi) Area rank 296 in Norway Population (2010)  - Total 1,502  - Density 6.1/km2 (15.8/sq mi)  - Change (10 years) -3.3 % Demonym Hyllestadsokning[1] Time zone CET (UTC+1)  - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) ISO 3166 code NO-1413 Official language form Nynorsk Website Data from Statistics Norway Hyllestad is a municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Sogn. The administrative center of Hyllestad is the village of Hyllestad. Hyllestad was established as a municipality in 1863 when it was created from parts of Askvoll and Lavik municipalities. It is located on the north side of the Sognefjord. Contents 1 General information 1.1 Name 1.2 Coat-of-arms 1.3 Churches 2 Government 2.1 Municipal council 2.2 Mayor 3 Geography 4 Attractions 4.1 Kvernsteins Millstone Park 4.2 Lihesten 4.3 Trondheim Postal Road 4.4 Water Mills 5 Notable residents 6 References // General information Hyllestad was created as a municipality in 1862. Two sub-parishes (sokn) from the Askvoll parish (Øn and Hyllestad) and one sub-parish (sokn) from the Lavik og Brekke parish (Bø) were merged together to form a separate municipality which was named Hyllestad. The population at that time in Hyllestad was 2,475. On 1 January 1888, the Krakken farm (population: 17) on the island of Sula was transferred to the municipality of Solund.[2][3] Name The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old farm "Hyllestad" (Old Norse Hyllistaðir), since that was where the first church in the parish was built. The meaning of the first element Hylli is unknown (perhaps an old uncompounded name of Hyllestadfjorden) and the last element is staðir which means "homestead" or "farm".[4] Coat-of-arms The coat-of-arms is from modern times. The arms were granted on 10 March 1989. It shows three millstones because the production of millstones is the oldest industry in the municipality and has been very important to the life of the community.[5] Churches The Church of Norway has three churches within the municipality of Hyllestad. It is part of the Diocese of Bjørgvin and the Rural Deanery (Prosti) of Ytre Sogn.[2] Churches in Hyllestad Parish (Prestegjeld) Sub-Parish (Sogn) Church Name Year Built Location of the Church Hyllestad Parish Hyllestad Bø kyrkje 1868 Bø Hyllestad kyrkje 1880 Hyllestad Øn kyrkje 1958 Øn Government All municipalities in Norway, including Hyllestad, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor. Municipal council The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Hyllestad is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to every four years. For 2007–2011, the party breakdown is as follows:[6] Hyllestad Kommunestyre 2007 - 2011 Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of representatives Labour Party Det Norske Arbeiderpartiet 5 Conservative Party Høyre 2 Christian Democratic Party Kristelig Folkeparti 2 Local Lists Lokale lister 3 Centre Party Senterpartiet 5   Total: 17 Mayor The mayor (ordførar) of a municipality in Norway is a representative of the majority party of the municipal council who is elected to lead the council. The mayor for the 2007-2011 term is Tore Bråstad of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet).[7] Geography Hyllestad is located north of the Sognefjord along the Åfjorden, which flows through the middle of the municipality. Hyllestad is bordered to the north by the municipality of Fjaler, to the east by Høyanger, to the south by Gulen, and to the west by Solund. Attractions Kvernsteins Millstone Park The production of millstones in Hyllestad started over 1,000 years ago and used to be a major industry employing up to 1,000 people. Millstones were exported to Denmark, the Baltic Sea region, and across Norway. Many of the stone crosses to be seen along the coast are made from millstones from Hyllestad, including the crosses in Eivindvik and Korssund. The park offers nature trails that visualize the history of the industry, with debris, broken product, and half-carved stones still not separated from the rock surface. At the stonemason camp there is a guided tour of the historic stone quarry in the mill stone park and a visit to Åfjordstein where you can see how mill stones are used in a modern, new design.[8] Lihesten Lihesten (mountain in Hyllestad) The majestic and bewitching Lihesten is one of the most prominent mountains on the coast of Norway. There are several marked routes to the peak, over 714 metres (2,343 ft) above sea level, with views both straight out to the open sea and inwards over the fjords. Lihesten also has a number of good fishing lakes.[8] Trondheim Postal Road Many bicyclists have described the well-preserved section of the Trondheim postal road between Hyllestad and Fjaler as one of the most exhilarating cycling experiences in the country. There were originally 19 stone bridges on the route between Dale and Leirvik, and many of them are still standing as proud and impressive examples of early dry masonry. There are only a few places along the 40 kilometres (25 mi) stretch between Dale in Fjaler and Leirvik in Hyllestad where the surface is so uneven that it is best to push a bike rather than ride it. Occasionally it is necessary to join the paved road (Riksvei 57), but most of the route is free from cars and idyllic.[8] Water Mills On the postroad, by Skor, lies a beautiful cluster of five authentic, newly renovated gristmills.[8] Notable residents Håkon Steinar Giil (born 1943) — politician and former mayor of Hyllestad (1987–1993) References ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.  ^ a b Natvik, Oddvar (9 February 2005). "Some historical data on the 26 Kommunes". Retrieved 12 June 2008.  ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian) (PDF). Statistics Norway.  ^ Rygh, Oluf (1919) (in Norwegian). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Bergenhus amt (12 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 235.  ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 12 June 2008.  ^ "Members of the local councils". Statistics Norway. 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2008.  ^ Statistics Norway (2007). "Members of the local councils". Retrieved 12 June 2008.  ^ a b c d "Hyllestad in Norway". Retrieved 12 June 2008.  v · d · eMunicipalities of Sogn og Fjordane Nordfjord Bremanger · Eid · Gloppen · Hornindal · Selje · Stryn · Vågsøy Sunnfjord Askvoll · Fjaler · Flora · Førde · Gaular · Jølster · Naustdal Sogn Årdal · Aurland · Balestrand · Gulen · Høyanger · Hyllestad · Lærdal · Leikanger · Luster · Sogndal · Solund · Vik