Indre Østfold is a countryside area with 10 municipalities in Østfold county where you find undisturbed nature and exciting waterways. It is located around 30 kilometers from Norway's capitalOslo, with the Europavei ("Europe Way" / European route) E18 as the main nerve through the region and a lot of Riksvei national roads running through the area. Indre Østfold also got their own rail road route Østre Linje at the Østfoldbanen railway system, and around 50 kilometers (40 minutes) by car to the brand new Rygge international Airport.
The Indre Østfold region has played a central role in the country’s history and has impressive defence works from various periods. Haldenskanalen (The Halden Canal in Norwegian) is the oldest constructed water canal in the country and has the highest locks in northern Europe. The 10 municipalities which form the region are cooperating within the Indre Østfold Regional Council. Information about the region can be found at www.indreostfold.no and www.smaalensveven.no or www.visitindre.no. Mr. Mayor Knut Espeland from Spydeberg is the chairman of the regional council 2012-2013.