Nordre Land

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Nordre Land kommune
Municipality
Dokka in Nordre Land
Dokka in Nordre Land
Coat of arms of Nordre Land kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nordre Land kommune
Oppland within
Norway
Nordre Land within Oppland
Nordre Land within Oppland
Coordinates: 60°55′55″N 10°1′2″E / 60.93194°N 10.01722°E / 60.93194; 10.01722Coordinates: 60°55′55″N 10°1′2″E / 60.93194°N 10.01722°E / 60.93194; 10.01722
Country Norway
County Oppland
District Land, Norway
Administrative centre Dokka
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Liv Solveig Alfstad (Ap)
Area
 • Total 955 km2 (369 sq mi)
 • Land 921 km2 (356 sq mi)
Area rank 112 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 6,916
 • Rank 143 in Norway
 • Density 8/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -0.7 %
Demonym Nordrelending[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0538
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.nordre-land.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Nordre Land is a municipality in Oppland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Land. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Dokka.

The old municipality of Land was divided into Nordre Land and Søndre Land in 1847. The area of Torpa was separated from Nordre Land on 1 January 1914 to become a separate municipality, but it was merged back into Nordre Land on 1 January 1962.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was just Land which means "land". The meaning of the name Nordre Land is "(the) northern (part of) Land". The parish and municipality of Land was divided in 1847.[2]

See also: Søndre Land

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted in 1987. The arms show two gold-colored hooks for log driving (or "brøtningshaker") on a blue background. They were designed by Dag Magne Staurheim. The municipality of Nordre Land has rich traditions within the field of log driving, which the vast number of log dams within the area bare witness to. Tools were required for the log driving, and the local blacksmiths made pike poles. Every blacksmith created his own shape or design for the poles, and one of the most famous pike poles in Nordre Land was the design made by the blacksmith Kristian Halden. In addition to pike poles he made knives. The poles and knives were named "Hæillhakar" and "Hæillakniver" by the locals. It is the "Halden Pole" which has been the model for the municipal arms of Nordre Land.[3]

See also: Coats-of-arms for Åsnes, Fet, Jondal, and Marker

Geography[edit]

Nordre Land is bordered on the north by the municipalities of Nord-Aurdal and Gausdal, on the northeast by Lillehammer, on the east by Gjøvik, on the south by Søndre Land, on the southwest by Sør-Aurdal, and on the west by Etnedal.

The river Etna flows from Etnedal and through western parts of the municipality down into the Randsfjorden. Lake Akksjøen is also in this area.

Attractions[edit]

  • The Lands Museum is located in Dokka. About thirty buildings are reassembled in the area. In the main building from the Thomle farm there are rococo paintings on the walls by Peder Aadnes dating from about 1750.


Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (Anden halvdel) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 179 & 196.  (Norwegian)
  3. ^ "Kommunevåpen for Nordre Land". Nordre Land kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 

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