Flesberg

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Flesberg kommune
Municipality
Numedalslaagen Flesberg.jpg
Coat of arms of Flesberg kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Flesberg kommune
Buskerud within
Norway
Flesberg within Buskerud
Flesberg within Buskerud
Coordinates: 59°50′52″N 9°28′56″E / 59.84778°N 9.48222°E / 59.84778; 9.48222Coordinates: 59°50′52″N 9°28′56″E / 59.84778°N 9.48222°E / 59.84778; 9.48222
Country Norway
County Buskerud
District Numedal
Administrative centre Lampeland
Government
 • Mayor (2003) Egil Langgård (Ap)
Area
 • Total 562 km2 (217 sq mi)
 • Land 538 km2 (208 sq mi)
Area rank 190 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,512
 • Rank 302 in Norway
 • Density 5/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 0.2 %
Demonym Flesberging[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0631
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.flesberg.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Flesberg is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Numedal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lampeland.

The economy of Flesberg is dominated by forestry and agriculture, as well as the cluster of high-tech industries in neighbouring town of Kongsberg.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Flesberg farm (Old Norse: Flesberg), since the first church was built here. The first element is fles which means "rock" and the last element is berg which means "mountain".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 10 March 1989. The arms show two tømmerklaver to represent forestry - and also the letter F.[2]

Flesberg stave church

History[edit]

The Flesberg stave church was built around the year 1250.

The municipality of Flesberg was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area of Jondalen was transferred from Flesberg to the neighboring municipality of Kongsberg on 1 January 1964.

Geography[edit]

The municipality is divided into the parishes Flesberg, Lyngdal, and Svene. Most of the population lives in the four villages of Svene, Lampeland, Flesberg, and Lyngdal. The municipal area is 560 square kilometres (220 sq mi).

In the western part of Flesberg, the landscape rises steeply to the mountain area of Blefjell, a popular tourist destination.

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Flesberg:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ "Aktuelt". Flesberg kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-06.  (Norwegian)
  3. ^ "Flesbergs vennskapskommuner". Flesberg kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-06.  (Norwegian)

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