Sande, Vestfold

Sande kommune

Coat of arms

Vestfold within

Sande within Vestfold
Coordinates: 59°35′50″N 10°13′25″E / 59.59722°N 10.22361°E / 59.59722; 10.22361Coordinates: 59°35′50″N 10°13′25″E / 59.59722°N 10.22361°E / 59.59722; 10.22361
Country Norway
County Vestfold
Administrative centre Sande i Vestfold
  Mayor (2003) Karl Einar Haslestad (Ap)
  Total 178 km2 (69 sq mi)
  Land 174 km2 (67 sq mi)
Area rank 346 in Norway
Population (2004)
  Total 7,591
  Rank 128 in Norway
  Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) 9.3 %
Demonym(s) Sandesokning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0713
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Sande is a municipality in Vestfold County, Norway. Its administrative centre is the village of "Sande i Vestfold". The municipality of Sande was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

Sande is located in a beautiful area by the sea about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Oslo (50 minutes driving time). In recent years the administrative center of Sande has grown significantly due to a large number of new apartments and stores.

Portions of the 1973 Olsebanden movie Olsenbanden tar gull from were filmed in Sande. Another portion was filmed Stavern.

General information


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Sande farm (Old Norse: Sandvin) because the first church was built there. The first element in the name, sandr, means "sand", and the last element, vin, means "meadow" or "pasture".[2]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. It was granted on 19 December 1986, and it represents silver-colored Sandebukta bay, with its typical shape, surrounded by forests and mountains.[3]

Sande Church in Vestfold

Sand Church

Sande in Vestfold is the site of the medieval era Sand Church (Sande kirke, Vestfold). It is located in Sande parish in Nord-Jarlsberg rural deanery. The building material is stone and brick, and it was built in 1150. In 1783, the church burned down; only the walls remained. Over the next eight years, it was rebuilt, and 1860 the church was refurnished. But the older altarpiece, baptismal font, and pulpit were retained. The pulpit is also from 1783 and features Rococo-style carvings. The font of soapstone is the only medieval inventory preserved. [4] [5]

Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Sande:[6]

Famous inhabitants


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Rygh, Oluf (1907). Norske gaardnavne: Jarlsberg og Larviks amt (in Norwegian) (6 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 26.
  3. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  4. "Sande kirke, Vestfold". Den Norske Kirke. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. "Sande kirkested". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  6. "Om Sande". Sande kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-14. (Norwegian)
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