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Vinje within Telemark
|Coordinates: 59°48′5″N 7°46′45″E|
|• Mayor (2015)||Jon Rikard Kleven (SP)|
|• Total||3,106 km2 (1,199 sq mi)|
|• Land||2,732 km2 (1,055 sq mi)|
|Area rank||12 in Norway|
|• Rank||238 in Norway|
|• Density||1/km2 (3/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-6.8%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0834|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
The municipality of Vinje (originally a parish) is named after the old Vinje farm (Old Norse: Vinjar), since the first church was built there. The name is the plural form of vin which means "meadow" or "pasture".
See also Vinje, Sør-Trøndelag.
Vinje was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area of Rauland was separated from Vinje in 1860 to become a municipality of its own. On 1 January 1964 Rauland was merged back into the municipality of Vinje. Rauland has since been part of the larger Vinje municipality. The local traditions of arts and crafts have been well maintained, and Rauland hosts a national academy for arts, crafts and traditional music.
Vinje is situated on both the Hardangervidda plateau and parts of the Setesdalsheiene mountain plateaus. European route E134 passes through Vinje, which is located halfway between Oslo and Haugesund on Norway's west coast.
The mountain ski resort Haukelifjell is also found nearby. The isolated and sparsely populated area is known for its rugged, mountainous terrain that supports a wide variety of outdoor activities, amongst them hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, fishing, and canoeing.
Arabygdi lies on Lake Totak in the western part of Rauland. Its famous attraction is the "Urdbøuri", the largest stone scree in Northern Europe, with huge boulders scattered on the floor of the valley.
Notable people from Vinje
- Arve Moen Bergset, folk singer and classical violinist
- Ingebjørg Bratland, artist
- Aslak Brekke, kveder and folk singer
- Terje Håkonsen, snowboarder
- Sven Erik Kristiansen, musician
- Myllarguten (Torgeir Agundson Øygarden), Master fiddler
- Odd Nordstoga, musician
- Aslaug Vaa, author
- Dyre Vaa, sculptor - his works are found in Oslo and Vinje
- Tarjei Vesaas, author
- Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, author
- Aasmund Nordstoga, singer, actor and tv presenter
- Olav Versto, journalist
- Stein Versto, author, poet
- Olav Aslakson Versto, politician
- Aslak Versto, politician
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