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Avaldsnes was an ancient centre of power on the west coast of Norway and is the site of one of Norway’s more important areas of cultural history. Avaldsnes used to be an independent municipality, but is now a part of the municipality of Karmøy in Rogaland County, Norway.Political developmentThe parish of Avaldsnæs was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 . On 16 August 1866 Kopervik separated from Avaldsnes, and became an independent municipality. At this time Avaldsnes had 4,735 inhabitants. On 1 January 1909 Stangaland separated from Avaldsnes. As a result, the population of Avaldsnes was down to 3,213 inhabitants.On January 1, 1965 Avaldsnes was divided and merged into the municipalities of Karmøy and Tysvær. One part of the municipality with a population of 4,153 inhabitants, was merged along with the municipalities of Kopervik, Skudenes, Skudeneshavn, Torvastad Åkra into Karmøy municipality. Another part, consisting of the districts of Førre, Gismarvik and Stegaberg with a population of 994, was merged with Tysvær municipality. As of January 1, 2009 Avaldsnes had 5,958 inhabitants.
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