Ås within Akershus
|• Total||103 km2 (40 sq mi)|
|• Land||101.3 km2 (39.1 sq mi)|
|Area rank||383 in Norway|
|• Density||156.6/km2 (406/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||17.5 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0214|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Ås is a municipality in Akershus county, Norway. It is part of the Follo traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ås. The parish of Aas was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).
Ås is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Akershus, with a population of 16.386 in 2009, and a growth of 539 in 2008. Ås is the largest agricultural municipality of Akershus, and home to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the amusement park Tusenfryd.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 23 July 1982. The three silver diamonds are a symbol for the many archaeological findings in the area. The diamond (rhombus) shape was taken as it resembled many of the axes found in the area (Nøstvet ax). The silver colour resembles the flint, of which the tools were made of. The number of three diamonds was chosen to represent the three parishes in the municipality: Ås, Kroer and Nordby.
The most important source of income is agriculture. Ås is the largest agricultural municipality of Akershus: providing the region with grain, vegetables, and dairy products. Of the 101 square kilometres (39.0 sq mi) of land in the municipality, about 39 square kilometres (15.1 sq mi) are farmed and about 46 square kilometres (17.8 sq mi) are forested.
A 240 metres (787.4 ft) long bridge, which is a smaller scale recreation of a bridge that Leonardo da Vinci proposed in 1502 for the crossing of the Golden Horn is located in the municipality. It was created by Norwegian painter and artist Vebjørn Sand as part of his Da Vinci project. The bridge serves as a pedestrian crossing over European route E18. This bridge is famous among Japanese tourists, as they are often seen walking across.
As of 1 January 2009, Ås municipality covers 101.3 square kilometres (39 sq mi) and has 15,863 inhabitants. In 2007, the Ås urban area had a population of 8,095. The municipality also contains one additional urban area, Togrenda, with a population of 2,783. Also, 1,566 inhabitants live in the Ski urban area.
- Simen Agdestein (born 1967) - chess grandmaster and former football star
- Christian Magnus Falsen (1782–1830) - Norwegian constitutional father
- Knut Hjeltnes (born 1952) - track and field athlete
- Solveig Kringlebotn (born 1963) - soprano opera singer
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