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Barbu, Norway

Barbu kommune
View of Barbu
View of Barbu
Barbu kommune is located in Aust-Agder
Barbu kommune
Barbu kommune
Location of the municipality
Barbu kommune is located in Norway
Barbu kommune
Barbu kommune
Barbu kommune (Norway)
Coordinates: 58°27′59″N 08°46′41″E / 58.46639°N 8.77806°E / 58.46639; 8.77806
RegionSouthern Norway
DistrictØstre Agder
Municipality IDNO-0990
Adm. CenterBarbu
 • Total15.3 km2 (5.9 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Created fromØstre Moland in 1878
Merged intoArendal in 1902

Barbu is part of the town of Arendal in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It is also a former municipality which existed from 1878 until 1902 when it was merged into Arendal. The 15.7-square-kilometre (6.1 sq mi) municipality was located just to the north of the 0.34-square-kilometre (84-acre) town of Arendal. The administrative centre of the small, urban municipality was called Barbu as well. Barbu Church was the church for the municipality. Today, the name Barbu refers to the village-like place located in head of the Galtesundet strait. Barbu is also a parish (sogn) in the Arendal prosti (deanery) within the Diocese of Agder og Telemark.[1][2]


Originally, Barbu was a part of the municipality of Østre Moland that was created on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 May 1878, Østre Moland was divided to form three municipalities: Barbu (population: 4,874), Østre Moland (population: 2,524), and Tromøy (population: 2,320). On 1 January 1902, Barbu was merged with the town of Arendal, vastly increasing the size of the town. Before the merger, Barbu had a population of 6,787.[3]


The Old Norse form of the name is Berubú which may be derived from the female name Bera or it may be from the name of the local river.[4]


  1. ^ a b Kiær, Anders Nicolai; Helland, Amund; Vibe, Johan; Strøm, Boye (1904). "Arendal by". Norges land og folk: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian). Norway: H. Aschehoug & Company. p. 26. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2015-06-21). "Barbu – tidligere kommune i Aust-Agder". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nedenes amt (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 96.

External links

  • Arendal travel guide from Wikivoyage