Aust-Agder

Aust-Agder (Norwegian: [ˈæ̂ʉstˌɑɡdər] (listen), English: "East Agder") was a county (fylke) in Norway until 1 January 2020, when it was merged with Vest-Agder to form Agder county. In 2002, there were 102,945 inhabitants, which was 2.2% of Norway's population. Its area was 9,212 square kilometres (3,557 sq mi). The county's administrative center was the town of Arendal.

Aust-Agder fylke
The lake Vegår in 2001
Aust-Agder fylke
Aust-Agder within Aust-Agder
Aust-Agder fylke
Aust-Agder fylke (Norway)
Coordinates: 58°34′00″N 08°34′00″E
CountryNorway
CountyAust-Agder
DistrictSouthern Norway
Established1685
  Preceded byAgdesiden
Disestablished1 Jan 2020
  Succeeded byAgder county
Administrative centreArendal
Government
  BodyAust-Agder County Municipality
  Governor (2016-2019)Svein Ytterdahl (Ap)
  County mayor
   (2017-2019)
Gro Bråten (Ap)
Area
 (upon dissolution)
  Total9,158 km2 (3,536 sq mi)
  Land8,353 km2 (3,225 sq mi)
  Water805 km2 (311 sq mi)
Population
 (30 September 2019)
  Total118,127
  Density13/km2 (33/sq mi)
  Change (10 years)
 +4.3%
DemonymAustegde[1]
Official language
  Norwegian formNeutral
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-09
Income (per capita)135,700 kr (2001)
GDP (per capita)208,275 kr (2001)
GDP national rank#18 in Norway
(1.4% of country)

The county, located along the Skagerrak coast, extended from Gjernestangen at Risør to the Kvåsefjorden in Lillesand. The inner parts of the area included Setesdalsheiene and Austheiene. Most of the population lives near the coast; about 78% of the county's inhabitants live in the five coastal municipalities of Arendal, Grimstad, Lillesand, Tvedestrand, and Risør. The rest of the county is sparsely populated. Tourism is important, as Arendal and the other coastal towns are popular attractions.

The county includes the larger islands of Tromøya, Hisøya, Justøya, and Sandøya. The interior of the county encompasses the traditional district of Setesdal, through which the river Otra flows to the coast.

In 2017, the Parliament of Norway voted to merge Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder counties into one large region, Agder, effective 1 January 2020.[3]

The county was part of the Aust-Agder District Court and the Church of Norway Diocese of Agder og Telemark.


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