Fedje

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Fedje kommune
County Hordaland
Landscape Nordhordland
Municipality NO-1265
Administrative centre Fedje
Mayor (2003) Erling Walderhaug (H)
Official language form Nynorsk
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Percentage
Ranked 431
9 km²
9 km²
0.00 %
Population
 - Total (2004)
 - Percentage
 - Change (10 years)
 - Density
Ranked 424
659
0.01 %
-7.3 %
73/km²
Coordinates Template:Coor dm
www.fedje.kommune.no

Data from Statistics Norway (http://www.ssb.no/english/municipalities/1265)

FEDJE -Fedje is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. The main island of Fedje is surrounded by about 125 smaller islands and rocks mostly north of the main island, and the name Fedje applies both to the main island, and to all the islands and rocks as a whole. Fedje is an island, covering a total area of about 7,4 square kilometers. If you count the main island and the smaller islands the area is of about 9,4 sq km. -Fedje has two whaling ships, and is famous for it's fisheries. -Driving to Fedje takes about one and a half hour, which includes the 30 minute ferry-voyage.

THE ISLANDS -The most known smaller island is called Holmengrå. In the southern part of Fedje which is called Stormark, there is a lighthouse called Hellesø fyr, maybe the most famous feature of Fedje.

THE PEOPLE -The population of the island community is decreasing due to the high percentage of people over 60 years (25% as of January 1 2003), and because many people decide to move from the island, much so because of the lack of work. -Most of the people live on the lagoon-like northern part of the island, in the vacinity of the grossery shop, the church and the ferry.

INFRASTRUCTURE -There is an important traffical-station on Fedje. The station survaillance the coastal sea-traffic. -The Island is supplyed with power, telephone and internet cables from an underwater pipe connected to the mainland. -A ferry, crossing 20 times a day, connects Fedje to the mainland. The voyage lasts for about 30 minutes.

Geography -The highest point on Fedje is the 47-meters-high hill called Fedjebjørnen. -The largest lake in Fedje is Storevatnet.

HISTORY There are traces of human activity on Fedje from as long as 4000 years ago. -In the 1700's, Fedje was an important trading-place, with the small island Kræmmerholmen being the place where the trading took place. Kræmmerholmen was re-opened in 1991, and is now a restaurant/hotel/museum area, as well as the location where one can buy Whale-meat. -Fedje was proviously a substantial producer of Peat. The peat led to the construction of Norway's first Railway. The railway was given up together with the peat industry in 1920. -During the Second World War fedje was occupied by over 300 German soldiers. There are still ramains of the german cannons and bunkers all over the island, especially in the northern part close to the traffic-station, which is actually built on the ramains of a german radarstation.


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