Ski within Akershus
|• Mayor (2013)||Anne Kristine Linnestad (H)|
|• Total||166 km2 (64 sq mi)|
|• Land||162 km2 (63 sq mi)|
|Area rank||351 in Norway|
|• Rank||31 in Norway|
|• Density||164/km2 (420/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||13.7 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0213|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Ski (help·info) is a municipality in Akershus county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Follo. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Ski. Ski was separated from the municipality of Kråkstad on 1 July 1931 to form a separate municipality. The rest of Kråkstad was merged into Ski on 1 January 1964.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Ski farm (Old Norse: Skeiði). The word skeiði is a sideform to skeið which means "running track for horse racing". Hence, it is not linked to the sport of skiing.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 19 December 1986. The arms are based on a logo used by the municipality since 1979. Since the name Ski is derived from the old Norse word meaning a field used for horse racing, the arms are canting. The arms show three silver horse heads arranged in a triskelion on a blue background.
Ski is located southeast of Oslo in Akershus county. Ski has the administrative status of a town/city (Norwegian: by), and can be divided into a centre ("Ski Sentrum") surrounding Ski railway station and the suburban/rural villages of Kråkstad, Langhus, and Siggerud. Ski is the trade and commercial centre of the Follo region. The centre is dominated by a large Shopping centre containing shops, cafés, and a cinema complex. The shopping centre was built in 1995, replacing some of the oldest buildings of Ski centre. Outside of the centre, Ski is largely an area of forestry and agriculture. Ski can be described as an exurb of Oslo.
Ski, as most of Follo, lies on ancient rock foundations. Throughout the local area from east to west there is a moraine left from the Ice age. Stone age tools are still being found when fields are ploughed, and Ski has more than 300 registered ancient historical artifacts. Remains from the Iron age can also be seen here. In Kråkstad and Ski are two stone churches from medieval times.
Ski also has a football team named Follo Fotballklubb (Follo Football Club). They play in the second division of the Norwegian football matches.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Ski Municipality is twinned with:
- Media related to Ski, Norway at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of Ski at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Akershus travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Ski travel guide from Wikivoyage