Froland is a village and municipality in the county of Aust-Agder, Norway and belongs to the geographical region of Sørlandet. Froland municipality covers an area of 644 square kilometres. The population total is around 5700 inhabitants, and the number is steadily growing. Froland has a vital civil society and an active profile in sports and leisure.
Norway has three levels of government. The central government and the parliament the national level, the county authorities (fylkeskommune) at the regional level, and the municipalities at the local level.
The municipalities are responsible for day care facilities, child welfare, primary and secondary schools, public libraries, primary health care, care for the elderly and disabled, fire departments, harbours, municipal roads, water supply, sewerage, garbage collection and disposal, organisation of land use within the municipality e.g. the laying out of land for industrial or commercial use or housing.
The 19 counties of Norway represent the regional level. They are, among other services, responsible for dental services and high schools. You can read more about Aust Agder county on their website