Kråkstad

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Kråkstad
Village and Former municipality
Country Norway
Region Østlandet
County Akershus
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)

Kråkstad is a village and former municipality in Ski municipality, Akershus county, Norway.

The parish of Kraakstad was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Ski was separated from Kråkstad July 1, 1931 - and the rest of Kråkstad was merged with Ski January 1, 1964.

The village has 839 inhabitants (2006), and a train station on Indre Østfoldbanen. The Norwegian footballer Martin Andresen grew up in this village. Members of the black metal band Mayhem lived in a house near the village in the early 1990s.

There are some remains of an old hillfort in the forest above Vientjern (a small lake), a few kilometers outside Kråkstad.

Etymology[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) was named after the old farm Kråkstad (Norse Krákustaðir), since the first church was built there. The first element is probably an old rivername (*Kráka), the last element is staðir 'homestead, farm'. The meaning of the (hypothetical) rivername is 'crow-river' (the river sounding like a crow'?).

Until 1921 the name was written Kraakstad.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Kråkstad at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 59°41′N 10°53′E / 59.683°N 10.883°E / 59.683; 10.883