Hurum

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Hurum kommune
Municipality
Verket Hurum.jpg
Coat of arms of Hurum kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Hurum kommune
Buskerud within
Norway
Hurum within Buskerud
Hurum within Buskerud
Coordinates: 59°36′11″N 10°31′5″E / 59.60306°N 10.51806°E / 59.60306; 10.51806Coordinates: 59°36′11″N 10°31′5″E / 59.60306°N 10.51806°E / 59.60306; 10.51806
Country Norway
County Buskerud
Administrative centre Klokkarstua
Government
 • Mayor (2003) Roger Ryberg (Ap)
Area
 • Total 163 km2 (63 sq mi)
 • Land 156 km2 (60 sq mi)
Area rank 354 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 8,781
 • Rank 120 in Norway
 • Density 56/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 11.5 %
Demonym Huring or Høring[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0628
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.hurum.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Hurum is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village Klokkarstua. The municipality of Hurum was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The small village of Holmsbu was granted town status in 1847, but it did not become a municipality of its own. It lost its town status on 1 January 1964.

Hurum was once suggested as the location for the new national airport of Norway. The plan was however abandoned, due to fears of too much fog in Hurum, and the main airport is now situated at Gardermoen in Akershus county, ironically a place far worse struck by fog problems than Hurum is.[citation needed]

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was Húðrimar. The meaning of the first element (Húð) is unknown and the last element is the plural form of rimi which means "ridge".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 2 February 1979. The arms show two blue wavy lines on a silver background. This was chosen because the municipality is on a peninsula between two fjords: Oslofjord and Drammensfjord. At the same time the arms are based on the arms of the Huitfeldt family, who played a major role in the local history. The family used a single bend as arms.[2]

Geography[edit]

The municipality borders Røyken to the north. To the west the coastline is located close to the eastern coast of Vestfold with Svelvik. It is connected to the eastern side of the Oslofjord via Oslofjordtunnel, one of the longest undersea tunnels of its kind in Northern Europe. The tunnel is 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi) long and connects Hurumhalvøya to Akershus county.

Hurum is located on the southern part of Hurumhalvøya, which is the peninsula between the Oslofjord and Drammensfjord. The administrative centre is the village of Klokkarstua, while the most populous villages are Tofte and Sætre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-10. 

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