Nedre Eiker

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Nedre Eiker kommune
Municipality
Coat of arms of Nedre Eiker kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nedre Eiker kommune
Buskerud within
Norway
Nedre Eiker within Buskerud
Nedre Eiker within Buskerud
Coordinates: 59°45′53″N 10°2′0″E / 59.76472°N 10.03333°E / 59.76472; 10.03333Coordinates: 59°45′53″N 10°2′0″E / 59.76472°N 10.03333°E / 59.76472; 10.03333
Country Norway
County Buskerud
District Eiker
Administrative centre Mjøndalen
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Elly Therese Thoresen (H)
Area
 • Total 122 km2 (47 sq mi)
 • Land 114 km2 (44 sq mi)
Area rank 369 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 21,377
 • Rank 42 in Norway
 • Density 187/km2 (480/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 11.5 %
Demonym Eikværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0625
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.nedre-eiker.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Nedre Eiker is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Eiker. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Mjøndalen. The old municipality of Eiker was divided into Nedre Eiker and Øvre Eiker on 1 July 1885.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was Eikjar. The name is the plural form of eiki which means "oak wood". The meaning of Nedre Eiker is "(the) lower (part of) Eiker". (The municipality of Eiker was divided in 1885.)

See also: Øvre Eiker

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 26 June 1970. The arms show three gold-colored oak leaves on a red background. The arms are canting because the meaning of the name (Eik) comes from the word for oak.[2]

(See also coat-of-arms of Eigersund, Songdalen, Tingvoll and Øvre Eiker)

Geography[edit]

Drammenselva river

The municipality is located in the southern part of Buskerud county. It borders the municipalities of Lier, Drammen, Hof, and Øvre Eiker. The majority of the residents live in the villages of Mjøndalen, Krokstadelva, Solbergelva, and Steinberg.

The Drammenselva river flows through the municipality of Nedre Eiker. It is one of the largest rivers in Norway, with a course running from Tyrifjorden in the north to Drammensfjord in the south.

Notable residents[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Nedre Eiker:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Vennskaps- og samarbeidsavtale". Nedre Eiker kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-10.  (Norwegian)

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