Marker, Norway

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This article is about the municipality in Østfold, Norway. For other uses, see Marker (disambiguation).
Marker kommune
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Marker kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Marker kommune
Østfold within
Norway
Marker within Østfold
Marker within Østfold
Coordinates: 59°30′40″N 11°37′42″E / 59.51111°N 11.62833°E / 59.51111; 11.62833Coordinates: 59°30′40″N 11°37′42″E / 59.51111°N 11.62833°E / 59.51111; 11.62833
Country Norway
County Østfold
District Smaalenene
Administrative centre Ørje
Government
 • Mayor (2003) Stein Erik Lauvås (Ap)
Area
 • Total 413 km2 (159 sq mi)
 • Land 368 km2 (142 sq mi)
Area rank 235 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 3,409
 • Rank 250 in Norway
 • Density 9/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 2.0 %
Demonym Marking[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0119
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.marker.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Marker is a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ørje. Marker was created as a new municipality on 1 January 1964 after the merger of the two old municipalities of Rødenes and Øymark.

The municipality borders on Aremark, Rakkestad, Eidsberg, and Rømskog municipalities in Østfold county, Aurskog-Høland municipality in Akershus county, and on Sweden. European route E18 goes through the municipality.

The biggest attractions in the municipality are Ørje Fortress and Basmo Fortress. Basmo Fortress lies on an isolated mountain outcropping between the lakes Rødenessjøen and Hemnessjøen in the northwestern part of the municipality.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The Norse form of the name was Markir which is the plural form of mǫrk f 'woodland, borderland' (see > March).

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 16 April 1982. The arms show two white-colored trunk-hooks on a blue background. They are a type of hook, normally on a long pole, used to drive tree trunks through the rivers. The main economic activity in the municipality is forestry, hence the use of the hooks. The two hooks also represent the two villages (and former municipalities) of Rødenes and Øymark.[2]

See also: Coats-of-arms of Åsnes, Fet, Jondal, and Nordre Land.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-15. 

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Østfold.