Hardanger

Hardanger
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CountryNorway
CountyHordaland
RegionVestlandet
Adm. CenterOdda (town)
Area
 • Total6,266 km2 (2,419 sq mi)
Population
(2009)
 • Total22,810
 • Density3.6/km2 (9.4/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Harding

Hardanger is a traditional district in the western part of Norway, dominated by the Hardangerfjord and its inner branches of the Sørfjorden and the Eid Fjord. It consists of the municipalities of Odda, Ullensvang, Eidfjord, Ulvik, Granvin, Kvam, and Jondal, and is located inside the county of Hordaland.

In the early Viking Age, before Harald Fairhair, Hardanger was a petty kingdom with its capital at Kinsarvik.

The area is dominated by the vast Hardangervidda plateau in the east and the large Folgefonna glacier on the central Folgefonna peninsula. The district was selected as the millennium site for Hordaland county.

Name

The Old Norse form of the name was Harðangr. The first element could be harðr meaning "hard" (referring to wind and weather), or it could be referring to the Charudes,[1] a Germanic tribe from Hardsyssel, Denmark. The last element is angr "tight fjord" (the name originally belonged to the fjord, now called Hardangerfjord).[2]

Other Languages
brezhoneg: Hardanger
dansk: Hardanger
davvisámegiella: Hardanger
Deutsch: Hardanger
македонски: Хардангер
norsk: Hardanger
norsk nynorsk: Hardanger
پنجابی: ہارڈانگر
português: Reino de Hardanger
suomi: Hardanger
svenska: Hardanger