Skedsmo

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Skedsmo kommune
Municipality
Bild från Lillestrom 2.JPG
Coat of arms of Skedsmo kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Skedsmo kommune
Akershus within
Norway
Skedsmo within Akershus
Skedsmo within Akershus
Coordinates: 59°58′58″N 11°2′47″E / 59.98278°N 11.04639°E / 59.98278; 11.04639Coordinates: 59°58′58″N 11°2′47″E / 59.98278°N 11.04639°E / 59.98278; 11.04639
Country Norway
County Akershus
District Romerike
Administrative centre Lillestrøm
Government
 • Mayor (2006) Anita Orlund (Ap)
Area
 • Total 77 km2 (30 sq mi)
 • Land 75 km2 (29 sq mi)
Area rank 398 in Norway
Population (2013)
 • Total 50,724
 • Rank 14 in Norway
 • Density 615/km2 (1,590/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 17.7 %
Demonym Skedsmoing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0231
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.skedsmo.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Skedsmo is a municipality in Akershus county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Romerike. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Lillestrøm. About one third of the municipal population lives in Lillestrøm. Other important towns are Skedsmokorset, Skjetten and Strømmen. A smaller settlement adjoining Lillestrøm is Kjeller.

The local newspaper is Romerikes Blad (circulation 39,139 in 2004). The paper comes out daily.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Skedsmo farm (Old Norse: Skeiðsmór), since the first church was built here. The first element is the genitive case of skeið which means "running track for horse racing" and the last element is mór which means "heath" or "moor".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 October 1974. The arms show three silver horse heads with waving manes on a red background. The arms are canting from the old Norse word skeiðismór which means a field used for horse racing, hence the waving manes of the horses. The arms were designed by Finn Fagerli from Lillestrøm.[2][3]

See also: Coat-of-arms of Eid, Gloppen, Levanger, Lyngen, Nord-Fron and Ski

History[edit]

Skedsmo was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Lørenskog and Lillestrøm was separated from Skedsmo as municipalities of their own on 1 January 1908. Lillestrøm was, however, merged back into the municipality of Skedsmo on 1 January 1962.

In this area, the tribe of Raumas fought against King Olav Haraldsson, patron saint of Norway, in 1028. The area has become an important part of Norway's industrial history. Strømmens Værksted built the country's first trains, at Kjeller airplanes were constructed up to World War II, the sawmills at Lillestrøm processed lumber from the great forests, and a number of other entreprises have been important.

Notable residents[edit]

Main category: People from Skedsmo

Government[edit]

The head office of Accident Investigation Board Norway is located in Lillestrøm, Skedsmo.[4] and led by Grete Myhre.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Skedsmo:[5]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Om Kommunevåpenet". Skedsmo kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-20.  (Norwegian)
  4. ^ "Contact us." Accident Investigation Board Norway. Retrieved on January 13, 2011. "Visiting address: Sophie Radichsvei 17 N-2003 Lillestrøm."
  5. ^ "Vennskapskommuner". Skedsmo kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-20.  (Norwegian)

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