|Established||1 Jan 2020|
|• Mayor (2020)||Alfred Bjørlo (V)|
|• Total||752.78 km2 (290.65 sq mi)|
|• Land||694.85 km2 (268.28 sq mi)|
|• Water||57.93 km2 (22.37 sq mi) 7.7%|
|Area rank||152 in Norway|
|• Rank||118 in Norway|
|• Density||13.6/km2 (35/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||9.1%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-4649|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Stad is a municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Nordfjord. The municipality includes much of the northern shore of the Nordfjorden as well as the Stad peninsula. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Nordfjordeid. Other villages in the municipality include Selje, Barmen, Ervik, Flatraket, Hoddevik, Hoddevika, Håvik, Leikanger, Mogrenda, Stårheim, Haugen, Kjølsdalen, Heggjabygda, and Lote.
The 753-square-kilometre (291 sq mi) municipality is the 152nd largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Stad is the 118th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 9,457. The municipality's population density is 13.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (35/sq mi) and its population has increased by 9.1% over the previous 10-year period.
The municipality of Stad was established on 1 January 2020 when Selje Municipality, Eid Municipality, and the Bryggja area of Vågsøy Municipality were merged to form one large municipality.
The municipality is named after the Stad peninsula which is located in the western part of the municipality. The name (Old Norse: staðr) comes from the old word meaning "halt", possibly because the rough waters around the peninsula often caused seafarers here to wait for better weather.
The coat of arms was approved on 15 May 2019. The arms are blue and white and show a two-part design with St. Sunniva on the left and a fjord horse on the right. It is a combination of the old arms of the two municipalities of Selje and Eid which were merged to form Stad. These two figures were chosen because the region is well known for its own race of horses, called the Fjording, that are very common and popular in the area. The Fjording is characterised by its white and black mane. The woman is a depiction of Saint Sunniva, the royal Irish missionary who died as a martyr on the island of Selja while trying to convert he locals to Christianity. Later, the Selje Abbey was built on the spot where she died. She was later named the patron saint of the Norwegian Diocese of Bjørgvin and all of Western Norway.
The Church of Norway has six parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Stad. It is part of the Nordfjord prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.
|Parish (sokn)||Church name||Location of the church||Year built|
Stad Municipality is located in the northwesternmost part of Vestland county, in the Nordfjord region. It includes the Stad peninsula and the islands of Barmøya, Venøya, and Selja. The Sildagapet bay, the North Sea, and the Vanylvsfjorden lie on the western sides of the municipality. The Nordfjorden runs along the south side of the municipality. Hornindalsvatnet, the deepest lake in Europe, is partially located in the municipality.
Stad Municipality is bordered to the southwest by Kinn Municipality, to the north by Vanylven Municipality, Sande Municipality, and Volda Municipality (in Møre og Romsdal county). The municipalities of Bremanger and Gloppen lie to the south, across the fjord. Stryn Municipality lies to the east.
All municipalities in Norway, including Stad, 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 elects a mayor. The municipality falls under the Sogn og Fjordane District Court and the Gulating Court of Appeal.
The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Stad is made up of 33 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown for the council is as follows:
|Party Name (in Nynorsk)||Number of|
|Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)||4|
|Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)||3|
|Conservative Party (Høgre)||2|
|Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)||2|
|Centre Party (Senterpartiet)||9|
|Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)||2|
|Liberal Party (Venstre)||11|
|Total number of members:||33|
See also: Bryggja § Notable_residents