Lier is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lier. The municipality of Lier was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area Åssiden was transferred from Lier to the neighboring municipality of Drammen on 1 July 1951.
Norway's longest indoor shopping center,
Liertoppen, is located in Lierskogen.
General information [ edit ]
Old Norse form of the name was Líðir. The name is the plural form of líð which means "hillside".
Coat-of-arms [ edit ]
coat-of-arms is from modern times and was designed by Hallvard Trætteberg. They were granted on 14 August 1970. The arms show five silver-colored apple blossoms on a red background. They area is well known for the production of various types of fruit, berries, vegetables, and flowers, so this was chosen as a symbol of the area's lush scenery and agriculture. [2 ] [3 ]
Geography [ edit ]
Lier borders to the municipalities of
Asker and Bærum (in Akershus county) and Drammen, Modum, Nedre Eiker, and Røyken (in Buskerud county). It includes the villages of Lier ( Lierbyen), Sylling, Sjåstad, Nøste, Gullaug, Lierskogen, and Tranby.
Lier is thought of as a "green lung" for Norway's capital,
Oslo, with its vast number of fields and apple trees. It is also famous for its agricultural products as strawberries and vegetables.
Gilhusodden Nature Preserve is home of many different bird species. The area is also used for recreation, especially swimming and sunbathing, with its long, shallow beach.
Notable residents [ edit ]
Bjørn Eidsvåg, artist and preacher, living in Lier, born in Sauda
Karin Fossum, author, living in Sylling/Lier
Thorleif Haug (1894–1934), skier/ ski jumper
Hans Christian Heg, American Civil War officer
Thorbjørn Jagland, politician, former prime minister,currently Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Martin Kolberg, secretary of The Norwegian Labour Party
Gert Nygaardshaug, author
Håvard Steensen, graphic artist and animator
Sten Stensen, speed skater
Hallvard Vebjørnsson or St. Hallvard, Oslo's patron saint, was born in Lier
Attractions [ edit ]
Bygdeborgen – village stronghold from the Middle Ages on Fosskollen
Frogner Kirke – romanesque parish church built in 1650
Gilhusodden – Nature Preserve
Gjellebekk skanse – defence bulwark during the Great Northern War which prevented a Swedish invasion of Norway in 1716
Lier Bygdetun – Rural Museum including a 40-acre (160,000 m 2) farm
Hans Christian Heg statue at Haugestad in the community of Lierbyen
St. Hallvard's minne – memorial of St. Hallvard, patron saint of Oslo
– Ten British Sylling cemetery RAF Airmen are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Plot
Sister cities [ edit ]
The following cities are
twinned with Lier: [4 ]
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