Kvinnherad is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. The parish of Kvindherred was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 . Fjelberg, most of Varaldsøy and parts of Skånevik merged with Kvinnherad on 1 January 1965.
The municipality is the 5th in size in Hordaland. The largest village is Husnes, with about 6,000 people living in or near the village.Kvinnherad is situated in Sunnhordland, southeast of the Hardangerfjord. In the southern part of Kvinnherad you will find the typical fjord landscape of western Norway. The areas of Mauranger and Rosendal are said to have about the most beautiful fjord landscape of Hardanger as a whole: narrow fjords, wild water-falls, and the Folgefonna - the third biggest glacier in Norway.
The Old Norse form of the name was Kvinnaherað. The first element is maybe derived from tvinnr which means "double" (referring to the two rivers running through Rosendal, the administration centre of the municipality). The last element is herað which means "district" or "municipality".