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Sogndal is a former municipality and small seaport (ladested) in Rogaland county, Norway. The municipality located on the coast in the traditional district of Dalane. It comprised the two harbor villages of Sogndalsstranda and Rægefjord. The river Sogndalselva reaches the ocean at Songdalsstranda. The municipality existed from 1845 until 1944 when it was merged into the municipality of Sokndal.
Sogndal, Rogaland Wikipedia
The seaport village of Sogndalsstranda was built up around the Kjelland farm (historically spelled Kielland). The farm was owned by the Kielland family, from which Alexander Kielland descended. This family left Sogndal in 1751 and established a successful firm in Stavanger. The Kielland farm can still be found there. As is typical of older records, this farm is listed in historical records under a number of phonetically similar names: Kollandt in 1563, Kieldeland in 1567, Kuelandt in 1567, Tielland in 1610, Kielland in 1616, Kiedland in 1668 and finally fixing on Kielland since 1723.
The villages of Sogndalsstranda and Rægestad are located near each other and together, they were granted ladested rights in 1798. Together this ladested was called Sogndal (historically spelled "Soggendahl"). This status gave them a monopoly on import and export of goods and materials in the port and in the surrounding district. On 1 January 1838, all of Norway was divided up into municipalities according to the formannskapsdistrikt law.
The ladested of Sogndal was put into the municipality of Sokndal. In 1845, the ladested was separated from Sokndal became a municipality of its own. Initially, Sogndal ladested had a population of 348 while Sokndal had a population of 2,819. In 1875 the population of Sogndal had grown to 526, but decreased to 473 in 1885. On 1 July 1944, Sogndal was reunited with Sokndal municipality, losing its small seaport status. Prior to the merger Sogndal had a population of 311.