Last modified: 2003-04-05 by sean mckinniss
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Traditionally in Norway there were two types of 'kommune', 'bykommune' (city municipality) and 'herredskommune' (rural municipality). There used to be certain priviliges connected to being labeled a city (trading rights, etc.), but these are obsolete today. Since 1997 (or thereabouts) it has been the municipality council that decides whether or not they should be labeled as 'bykommune' or 'herredskommune'; before that, it was up to the king.
In Norway city limits are equal to the limits of the 'bykommune'. Because of this, in Bergen where I live, it is possible to walk 'in the city' for hours while beeing miles from the nearest inhabitated house.
Jostein Nygård, 8 May 2000
Editor's note: Æ, Ø and Å are the three last letters in the Norwegian alphabet, and the names are sorted accordingly.