Tolga, Norway

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Tolga kommune
Municipality
Gata Tolga.jpg
Coat of arms of Tolga kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Tolga kommune
Hedmark within
Norway
Tolga within Hedmark
Tolga within Hedmark
Coordinates: 62°24′5″N 11°1′20″E / 62.40139°N 11.02222°E / 62.40139; 11.02222Coordinates: 62°24′5″N 11°1′20″E / 62.40139°N 11.02222°E / 62.40139; 11.02222
Country Norway
County Hedmark
District Østerdalen
Administrative centre Tolga
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Erling Aas-Eng (Sp)
Area
 • Total 1,123 km2 (434 sq mi)
 • Land 1,098 km2 (424 sq mi)
Area rank 91 in Norway
Population (2008)
 • Total 1,697
 • Rank 350 in Norway
 • Density 1.5/km2 (4/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -3.9 %
Demonym Tolging[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0436
Official language form Neutral
Website www.tolga.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Tolga is a municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Østerdalen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Tolga.

The municipality is bordered in the east by the municipality of Tynset, in the south by Rendalen, and in the east by Engerdal and Os, all in Hedmark county.

Tolga was a stronghold for the Norwegian Nazi party Nasjonal Samling during the World War II, though the party was never represented in the town council.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Tolga farm because the first church in the parish was built here (in 1688). The farm is named after the small Tolga River, and the river name is probably derived from the word toll, which means '(young) pine (tree)'. Prior to 1918, the name was spelled Tolgen.[2]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 14 July 1989. The arms show a gold bell on a red background. Tolga was home to the smeltehytte from 1666 to 1871, and the bell represents the old bell in the town square at the center of Tolga. The smeltery was important because of the prevalence of mining in the area.[3]

History[edit]

The parish of Tolgen was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Some parts of Tolga were transferred to the neighboring municipality of Engerdal on 1 January 1911. The new municipality of Os was separated from Tolga on 1 July 1926. (Tolga and Os were briefly merged from 1966 to 1976. See Tolga-Os.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Hedmarkens amt (in Norwegian) (3 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 412. 
  3. ^ "Fakta om kommunen" (in Norwegian). Tolga kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 

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