Aremark

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Aremark kommune
Municipality
Coat of arms of Aremark kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Aremark kommune
Østfold within
Norway
Aremark within Østfold
Aremark within Østfold
Coordinates: 59°13′23″N 11°41′44″E / 59.22306°N 11.69556°E / 59.22306; 11.69556Coordinates: 59°13′23″N 11°41′44″E / 59.22306°N 11.69556°E / 59.22306; 11.69556
Country Norway
County Østfold
District Smaalenene
Administrative centre Fosby
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Geir Aarbu (SP)
Area
 • Total 319 km2 (123 sq mi)
 • Land 282 km2 (109 sq mi)
Area rank 265 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 1,424
 • Rank 376 in Norway
 • Density 5/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -1.3 %
Demonym Aremarking[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0118
Official language form Norsk
Website www.aremark.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Aremark is a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Fosby.

Aremark was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The new municipality of Øymark was separated from Aremark on 1 July 1903.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The Norse form of the name was Aramǫrk. The first element is the genitive of the name of the lake Ari (now Aremarksjøen). (The name of the lake is probably derived from ari which means "eagle", thus "eagle lake".) The last element is mǫrk f 'woodland, borderland' (see March).

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 7 November 1986. The arms show two blue-colored elk on a silver background. The elk was chosen as a symbol because of the large forests and the many animals in the area.[2]

(See also the coat-of-arms for Namsos, Namsskogan, Ringsaker and Tynset.)

Economy[edit]

Farming and forestry are the two top industries in Aremark.

Culture[edit]

Every two years in Aremark there is a relatively large festival: Elgfestivalen (elk festival). It is held in a festivity area at Kirkeng Camping. It has been arranged every two years since September 1998. The festival begins Friday afternoon and lasts until Sunday afternoon.

Religion[edit]

There are two chapels/churches in Aremark. Aremark church, which is located near Kirkeng(Church meadow), and Holmgil chapel in Bjørkebekk (Birch creek).

Television[edit]

Aremark has been used in several movie titles and in television. The Norwegian movies "Folk flest bor i Kina" (Most people live in China) and "Celofan" are both filmed in the municipality. The reality show "Farmen" is filmed at Bøensæther husmannsplass close to Marker.

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Aremark:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Vennskapskommunen Dzerbene i Latvia". Aremark kommune. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  (Norwegian)

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