Flå within Buskerud
|• Mayor (2003)||Tor Egil Buøen (Bygdeliste)|
|• Total||704 km2 (272 sq mi)|
|• Land||670 km2 (260 sq mi)|
|Area rank||159 in Norway|
|• Rank||405 in Norway|
|• Density||2/km2 (5/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-12.9 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0615|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Flå is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Flå. The municipality of Flå was established when it was separated from the municipality of Nes on 1 January 1905. The municipality lies at the most southeasterly point in the valley and traditional region of Hallingdal.
The Old Norse form of the name was Flóða sokn (sokn means parish). This is the plural genitive case of flœð meaning "flood" (probably because flooding has been a problem for many farms in the river valley). Prior to 1921, the name was written "Flaa".
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 1 March 1985. The arms show a black bear on a gray/silver background. This was chosen because there used to be many bears in the Vassfaret area. Prior to 1985, the municipality used a logo with a bear walking through the area.
Ancient routes went to Vestlandet through Valdres and Hallingdal and down Røldal to Odda. Reflecting this route, Hallingdal and its neighboring valley of Valdres in Oppland to the north were originally populated by migrants from Vestlandet and spoke a western dialect. In recognition of this, Cardinal Nicholas Breakespear, who was in Scandinavia as papal legate in 1153, included Hallingdal in the diocese of Stavanger.
Flå is the southernmost municipality within Hallingdal and forms the gateway to Hallingdal from the south. Flå is bordered in the north by Sør-Aurdal, in the east by Ringerike, in the south by Krødsherad and Sigdal, in the west by Nore og Uvdal, and in the northwest by Nes. Vassfaret is a desolate mountain valley bordering Flå. The Norefjell mountain range also includes parts of Flå as well as Nes, Ringerike and Sør-Aurdal municipalities. Lake Krøderen (Krøderfjord) stretches about 41 km north from the village of Krøderen and reaches to Gulsvik. The Hallingdalselva river flows into the lake from the north.
- Bringen Nature Reserve, established 28 June 1985
- Bukollen Nature Reserve, established 28 June 1985
- Festningen Nature Reserve, established 28 June 1985
- Flenten Nature Reserve, established 24 September 1993
- Inner Vassfaret Conservation area, established 28 June 1985
- Stavnselva Nature Reserve, established 13 December 2002
- Vassfaret / Vidalen Conservation Area, established 28 June 1985 
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- Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- "Kommunevåpen for Flå kommune". Flå kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-06. (Norwegian)
- Stagg, Frank Noel (1956). East Norway and its Frontier. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.
- 0615 - Flå (Verneområder i Buskerud sortert på kommuner)
- Media related to Flå at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Flå at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Buskerud travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Culture in Flå on the map from Kulturnett.no