Vest-Telemark

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The river Bora in Vinje on the border to Hordaland
Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1769 8,858 —    
1951 16,375 +84.9%
1960 17,037 +4.0%
1970 15,846 −7.0%
1980 15,746 −0.6%
1990 15,706 −0.3%
2000 14,770 −6.0%
2010? 14,265 −3.4%
2020? 14,300 +0.2%
2030? 14,635 +2.3%
Source: Statistics Norway.

The Vest-Telemark traditional district of Norway comprises the upper and western areas of the county of Telemark. The region consists of six municipalities: Fyresdal, Tokke, Vinje, Nissedal, Kviteseid and Seljord.

The region is known for its folk traditions within music, clothing, handcrafts, food and architecture. The region is also distinctly marked by its dialect of Norwegian. This form of Norwegian is the variety containing most traces of the Old Norse language and grammar.

Vest-Telemark have 14,252 innhabitants 1. April 2009. The area is 7 700 km².

Vest-Telemark is also the home of slalom (slalåm), Telemark skiing and ski jumping (with its characteristic Telemark landing). "The Cradle of Modern Skiing" is found in Morgedal.

Municipalities[edit]

Crest Name Population Municipality no. Language form Webpage
Fyresdal komm.svg
Fyresdal 1371 0831 Nynorsk Fyresdal.kommune.no
Kviteseid komm.svg
Kviteseid 2530 0829 Nynorsk Kviteseid.kommune.no
Nissedal komm.svg
Nissedal 1395 0830 Nynorsk Nissedal.kommune.no
Seljord komm.svg
Seljord 2937 0828 Nynorsk Seljord.kommune.no
Tokke komm.svg
Tokke 2341 0833 Nynorsk Tokke.kommune.no
Vinje komm.svg
Vinje 3675 0834 Nynorsk Vinje.kommune.no

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