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Kvam is a municipality in the county of Hordalandmarker, Norwaymarker. The parish of Vikør was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Parts of Strandebarmmarker were merged with Kvam on 1 January 1965. The municipality borders Vossmarker to the north, Vaksdalmarker, Samnangermarker and Fusamarker to the west, Granvinmarker to the east and Hardangerfjordenmarker to the south.

Important settlements in the municipality include Norheimsundmarker, Øystesemarker, Ålvik, Tørvikbygd, Strandebarmmarker and Mundheimmarker. Norheimsund and Øystese are the largest settlements with 2,087 and 1,626 inhabitants respectively. The largest lakes are Bjølsegrøvvatnetmarker and Holmavatnetmarker. In addition a portion of Hamlagrøvatnetmarker is located in Kvam.

In 2007 Kvam participated in a trial where the mayor was directly elected. The sitting mayor, Astrid Selsvold, won the election with 26.7% of the votes.

General information


The Old Norse form of the name was Hvammr, identical with the word hvammr which means "(small) valley".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 27 November 1981. The arms show the Fykesund, a bay in the municipality. The shape of the bay is symbolized in the coat-of-arms.


Kvam was created in 1837 as Vikør formannskapsdistrikt, named after the parish today known as Vikøy. According to the 1835 census the municipality had a population of 2,321. The name was changed from Vikør to Kvam in 1912.

On 1 January 1965 the district Åsgrenda with 61 inhabitants was moved to Ullensvangmarker municipality. At the same time the size of Kvam was significantly enlarged when parts of the municipalities Strandebarmmarker, Varaldsøymarker and Jondalmarker were incorporated into Kvam. After the merger Kvam had a population of 9,119.

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