Råde within Østfold
|• Mayor (2011)||René Rafshol (H)|
|• Total||119 km2 (46 sq mi)|
|• Land||105 km2 (41 sq mi)|
|Area rank||373 in Norway|
|• Density||58/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0135|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Råde is a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Karlshus. The parish of Raade was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Råde farm (Old Norse: Róða), since the first church was built here. The name is identical with the word róða which means "bar, pole, or rod". Here it is referring to a long hill (a raet which is shaped like a bar, pole, or rod) and the farm and the church is located on the top of it. Prior to 1921, the name was written "Raade".
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 30 May 1980. The arms are canting for the name of the municipality. It shows a yellow bend on a green background. The name of the municipality is derived from an old word meaning a glacial moraine. The arms thus symbolise the moraine and glacial path from the Ice ages that runs through the municipality. The colour green symbolises the fertile soil.
- Media related to Råde at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Råde at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
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