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Skudeneshavn

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is a town in Karmøy municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is located on the southernmost tip of the island of Karmøy at the entrance to the Boknafjorden and Karmsundet strait. The town is part of the traditional district of Haugaland.The 2.5km2 town has a population of 3,364; giving the town a population density of. This makes Skudeneshavn one of the smallest towns in Norway . In 1990, it won second prize in NORTRA's competition for Norway's Best Preserved Small Town.HistoryThe village of Skudeneshavn was declared to be a "ladested" (port town) on 10 February 1858. Since towns were not allowed to be part of a rural municipality, Skudeneshavn was removed from the municipality of Skudenes, and it was established as its own urban municipality. Initially, Skudeneshavn municipality had 1,209 residents. On 1 January 1965, the town-municipality of Skudeneshavn was merged into the newly formed municipality of Karmøy (along with Skudenes, Avaldsnes, Stangaland, Kopervik, and Torvastad). Prior to the merger, Skudeneshavn had 1,275 residents. At the time of the merger, Skudeneshavn lost its status as a town. In 1996, after the law on towns had been changed, the municipality of Karmøy declared Skudeneshavn to be a town once again.
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