Nøtterøy kommune

Coat of arms

Vestfold within

Nøtterøy within Vestfold
Coordinates: 59°12′4″N 10°24′28″E / 59.20111°N 10.40778°E / 59.20111; 10.40778Coordinates: 59°12′4″N 10°24′28″E / 59.20111°N 10.40778°E / 59.20111; 10.40778
Country Norway
County Vestfold
Administrative centre Borgheim
  Mayor (2007) Roar Jonstang (H)
  Total 61 km2 (24 sq mi)
  Land 60 km2 (20 sq mi)
Area rank 415 in Norway
Population (2009)
  Total 20,600
  Rank 44 in Norway
  Density 343/km2 (890/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) 8.6 %
Demonym(s) Nøttlending[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0722
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.notteroy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Nøtterøy is a municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Borgheim. The parish of Nøtterø was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Two islands were later transferred from the municipality of Stokke to Nøtterøy: Håøya (in 1901) and Veierland (in 1964). [2]

The whole municipality is made up of a small island group south of Tønsberg municipality, including the islands of Nøtterøy, Føynland, Veierland, and about 175 smaller islands. Nøtterøy includes the villages of Borgheim, Glomstein, Teie, and Torød. As 2010, 16,418 of the municipality lived within the town of Tønsberg, an urban area shared between the two municipalities.[3]

General information

Nøtterøy church

Nøtterøy Church

Nøtterøy Church (Nøtterøy kirke) is the main church in Nøtterøy parish. The church was originally built ca. 1100. It was constructed of the granite in Romanesque architecture style. The church was extended eastward in 1839 and 1883. In the midst of the church hangs a huge chandelier, which was bestowed as gift in 1868. It has approximately 600 seats and two galleries. Nøtterøy rectory is located west of church.[4]


The Old Norse form of the name was Njótarvin (Njotarin) from Njót and vin. The name of the island "Njót" and "vin" meaning pastures or farm.[5] The name is probably derived from the verb njóta which means to "enjoy" or "benefit from". Prior to 1918, the name was spelled "Nøtterø".[6][7]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 24 October 1986. The arms show a silver anchor on a blue background. It is an appropriate symbol for the municipality which consists of islands and is dependent on fishing and sailing. The anchor was already used in the 17th century as a local symbol.[8]

See also: Coats-of-arms of Lillesand and Narvik

Notable residents


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Sten Lundbo. "Nøtterøy". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. "Tettsteder. Folkemengde og areal, etter kommune. 1.januar 2011." (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  4. "Nøtterøy kirke". Den Norske Kirke. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. Nøtterø En Bygdebok (1922)
  6. Rygh, Oluf (1907). Norske gaardnavne: Jarlsberg og Larviks amt (in Norwegian) (6 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 233.
  7. Nøtterø En Bygdebok (1922)
  8. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-13.
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