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Asker kommune
Coat of arms of Asker kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Asker kommune
Akershus within
Asker within Akershus
Asker within Akershus
Coordinates: 59°50′7″N 10°26′6″E / 59.83528°N 10.43500°E / 59.83528; 10.43500Coordinates: 59°50′7″N 10°26′6″E / 59.83528°N 10.43500°E / 59.83528; 10.43500
Country Norway
County Akershus
District Viken, Norway
Administrative centre Asker
 • Mayor (2007) Lene Conradi (H)
 • Total 101 km2 (39 sq mi)
 • Land 97 km2 (37 sq mi)
Area rank 385 in Norway
Population (2007)
 • Total 52,210
 • Rank 11 in Norway
 • Density 583/km2 (1,510/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 15.7 %
Demonym Askerbøring[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0220
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1951 13,625 —    
1961 17,755 +30.3%
1971 31,702 +78.6%
1981 35,977 +13.5%
1991 41,903 +16.5%
2001 49,661 +18.5%
2011 55,284 +11.3%
2021? 63,381 +14.6%
2031? 69,296 +9.3%
Source: Statistics Norway.[2]

Asker is a municipality in Akershus county, Norway. It is part of the Viken traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Asker. The municipality is a suburb of Oslo, the national capital. Asker was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).



The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Asker farm, since the first church was built here. The name (Old Norse: Askar) is the plural form of ask which means "ash tree".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 7 October 1975. The arms show a green background with three silver-colored tree trunks (Norwegian: askekaller) and are thus canting arms. The trees are ashes, which were cropped every year to provide food for the animals. The trees thus developed after many years a very typical shape, which was characteristic for the area.[3][4]

Place of the Millenium[edit]

In 1998, just before the millennium, the 'Askerbøringer' (the inhabitants of Asker) elected the beautiful area of Semsvannet including the mountain ridge Skaugumsåsen – to be their Place of the Millenium.


Its main parts are Asker, Gullhella, Vollen, Vettre, Blakstad, Borgen, Drengsrud, Dikemark, Vardåsen, Engelsrud, Holmen, Høn, Hvalstad, Billingstad, Nesøya, Nesbru, and Heggedal. Asker is a notably coastal place with many beautiful beaches, but it is also a place of hills and woods. The district is known for many important businesses. It is also known for gardening. The Skaugum estate, where Crown Prince Haakon of Norway lives with his family, is situated here. The first IKEA store outside of Sweden opened in Asker in 1963 .


Although Asker is principally a rural municipality, the expansion of Oslo has resulted in its becoming an affluent suburb. Thus numerous celebrities now reside in the area. According to SSB (Statistics Norway), Asker ranks as the 2nd wealthiest municipality in Norway based on median household income.

Asker is also the home of the Frisk Tigers, who won the Norwegian Hockey championship in 1975, 1979, and 2002. Asker Skiklubb is the largest sports club in Norway. It has a long history dating back to 1889. Many of Asker's famous people have been successful individuals associated with the sports club.

Asker, more notably Blakstad, was a stronghold for the Baglers, who contended with the Birkebeiners during a civil war during the Viking period.

The city is the home of Asker svømmeklubb. Asker women's football club has been home to many international players including four who played in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China.


Asker is politically dominated by the conservatives, and the mayor is Lene Conradi who is a member of the Conservative Party of Norway (Høyre).


The Maud[edit]

In 1916 (or 1917) the Maud, which had been built in local shipyards, was launched into Oslofjord. The ship which had been constructed and built especially for Roald Amundsen and was to sail through the Northeast Passage. After being seized by creditors in Seattle, Washington, United States, she was sold to the Hudson's Bay Company as a supply vessel. After being renamed the Baymaud she sailed to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada where, in 1930, she sprung a leak and sank. In 1990, the ship was sold by the Hudson's Bay Company to the town with the expectation that she would be returned to Asker. Although a Cultural Properties Export permit was issued, the price tag to repair and move the ship was 230 million kroner ($43,200,000) and the permit expired.[5][6][7]

Notable residents – 'Askerbøringer'[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Asker:[8]


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Projected population – Statistics Norway
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Askers kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Asker kommune. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Underwater Treasure of Cambridge Bay". Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Saving the Maud". Nunavut News/North Monday. 20 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "Cambridge Bay at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre". 
  8. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Asker kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-17. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Sister cities of Jakobstad". Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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