Sande is a municipality in Vestfold County, Norway. Its administrative centre is the village of Sande i Vestfold. The municipality of Sande was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).
|Administrative centre||Sande i Vestfold|
|• Mayor (2015-)||Elin Gran Weggesrud (Ap)|
|• Total||178 km2 (69 sq mi)|
|• Land||174 km2 (67 sq mi)|
|• Rank||#346 in Norway|
|• Rank||#128 in Norway|
|• Density||44/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||+9.3%|
|• Norwegian form||Bokmål|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0713|
Data from Statistics Norway
Sande is located in a beautiful area by the sea about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Oslo (50 minutes driving time). In recent years the administrative center of Sande has grown significantly due to many new apartments and stores.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Sande farm (Old Norse: Sandvin) because the first church was built there. The first element in the name, sandr, means "sand", and the last element, vin, means "meadow" or "pasture".
Presteseteråsen (568 m.) is located in westernmost Sande municipality and is the highest point in Sande.
The newspaper Sande Avis is published in Sande.
Sande in Vestfold is the site of the medieval era Sande Church (Sande kirke, Vestfold). It is located in Sande parish in Nord-Jarlsberg rural deanery. The building material is stone and brick, and it was built in 1150. In 1783, the church burned down; only the walls remained. Over the next eight years, it was rebuilt, and 1860 the church was refurnished. But the older altarpiece, baptismal font, and pulpit were retained. The pulpit is also from 1783 and features Rococo-style carvings. The font of soapstone is the only medieval inventory preserved.