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Faroese stamp FO 551 issued 13 February 2006
Leirvík
—  Municipality and village  —
Leirvík is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Leirvík
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°12′40″N 6°42′22″W / 62.21111°N 6.70611°W / 62.21111; -6.70611
Country  Denmark
Autonomous province  Faroe Islands
Island Eysturoy
Population (2002)
 - Total 867
Time zone GMT
 - Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Postal code FO 520

Leirvík is a town on the Faroe Islands and was an important regional ferry harbour at the east coast of the second largest island Eysturoy. Leirvík has 867 inhabitants (December 31, 2002.)

It is the only town in the Leirvíkar kommuna (Leirvik Commune), however after 1 January 2009, it'll merge with Gøtu kommuna to make the new municipality called Eysturkommuna.

Archaeological excavations have shown that the town was first settled the 9th century by the Vikings. It is said that all inhabitants died in 1349 because of the Black Death.

Apart from the important ferry connection to Klaksvík, Leirvík is also important for its fishing industry.

The Norðoyatunnilin, a submarine tunnel to Klaksvík was opened in April 2006.

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Coordinates: 62°12′40″N 6°42′22″W / 62.21111°N 6.70611°W / 62.21111; -6.70611

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Leirvik is a town and the administrative centre of Stord municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. Leirvik is the regional centre of Sunnhordland, and has many public services and offices such as the regional court and Sunnhordland Museum, as well as shops and restaurants. In 2008, Leirvik had a population of 11,342, and covers an area of 8.46 square kilometres with a population density of 1,341 per square kilometre.[1] Leirvik has approximately 65% of the total population of Stord. It is the largest urban area that is located in a municipality where Nynorsk is the preferred language form.

Confusingly, when the municipality of Stord declared township, they decided to name the town "Stord". This was to ensure that Leirvik and its surrounding areas were large and populous enough to qualify for Norwegian town status[citation needed]. Even though this is the official name, the public acceptance of this is minimal, and the name of the urban community remains "Leirvik". The name translates into 'clay bay', the word "leire" meaning "clay" and "vik" meaning "bay". The name comes from the high concentration of clay in the ground. The locals often refer to Leirvik by the name "Vikjo" rather than "Leirvik".

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Coordinates: 59°47′N 5°30′E / 59.783°N 5.5°E / 59.783; 5.5


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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Icelandic

Proper noun

Leirvík f.

  1. Lerwick (capital of Shetland)

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