Ål

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Ål kommune
Municipality
Ål.JPG
Coat of arms of Ål kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Ål kommune
Buskerud within
Norway
Ål within Buskerud
Ål within Buskerud
Coordinates: 60°40′32″N 8°34′37″E / 60.67556°N 8.57694°E / 60.67556; 8.57694Coordinates: 60°40′32″N 8°34′37″E / 60.67556°N 8.57694°E / 60.67556; 8.57694
Country Norway
County Buskerud
District Hallingdal
Administrative centre Ål
Government
 • Mayor (2003) Torleif T. Dalseide (V)
Area
 • Total 1,171 km2 (452 sq mi)
 • Land 1,081 km2 (417 sq mi)
Area rank 85 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 4,656
 • Rank 207 in Norway
 • Density 4/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -3.6 %
Demonym Åling[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0619
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.aal.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Ål is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hallingdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ål.

The parish of Aal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area of Hol was separated from the municipality of Aal in 1877 to become a separate municipality.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was Áll. The name is identical with the word áll which means "ditch" or "gully". In 1921, the spelling of the name was changed from "Aal" to "Ål".[2]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 30 November 1984. The arms show three silver diamond shapes in a vertical line on a red background. The designs are taken from an old and common pattern used in hand-woven tapestries in the area. They also symbolize the three churches in the municipality: Ål, Torpo, and Leveld.[3][4]

Attractions[edit]

  • The Torpo stave church (built around 1190 - 1200) is located in Torpo
  • Ål Bygdamuseum is built around the old Leksvol farm, and is very typical for the area. The buildings go back to the 17th century. In later years the museum have made additional installments, Øvre tunet, Stølen, and Husmannsplassen, where a stone cottage is reconstructed, similar to those used in the mountain sæter.


Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Ål:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Knappen, Audun. "Kommunenavn i Buskerud" (in Norwegian). Terra Buskerud. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Ål kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Venskap Ål-Sololá" (in Norwegian). Ål kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 

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