|Øvre Eiker kommune|
View of the village of Vestfossen
Øvre Eiker within Buskerud
|• Mayor (2009)||Ann Sire Fjerdingstad (H)|
|• Total||457 km2 (176 sq mi)|
|• Land||418 km2 (161 sq mi)|
|Area rank||223 in Norway|
|• Rank||62 in Norway|
|• Density||37/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||4.3 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0624|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Øvre Eiker is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Eiker. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Hokksund. The old municipality of Eiker was divided into Øvre Eiker and Nedre Eiker on 1 July 1885.
The Old Norse form of the name was Eikjar. The name is the plural form of eiki which means "oak wood". The meaning of Øvre Eiker is "(the) upper (part of) Eiker". (The municipality of Eiker was divided in 1885.)
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 24 October 1981. The arms show three silver oak leaves and two acorns on a blue background. The oak is a canting element, since Eik means oak in the Norwegian language.
The administrative center of Hokksund is the largest town in this municipality, with about 8,000 inhabitants. The remaining 7,000 inhabitants live in the villages of Vestfossen, Skotselv, Ormåsen, and Darbu.
Hakavik Power Station, startpoint of 55 kV single phase AC grid for traction current.
- Per Olaf Lundteigen (born 1953), politician for the Centre Party
- Jonas Lie (1833–1908), novelist, poet, and playwright
- Christopher Hornsrud (1859–1960), Prime Minister of Norway
- Nikolai Eilertsen (born 1978), Norwegian bassist
Twin towns — Sister cities
The following cities are twinned with Øvre Eiker:
- Kerteminde, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark
- Lempäälä, Western Finland, Finland
- Ulricehamn, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
- "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
- Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Venskabsbyer". Kerteminde kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-10. (Danish)
- "Ystävyyskunnat". Lempäälä. Retrieved 2009-01-10. (Finnish)
- "Föreningen Norden". Ulricehamn kommun. Retrieved 2009-01-10. (Swedish)
- Media related to Øvre Eiker at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Øvre Eiker at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Buskerud travel guide from Wikivoyage