Its population (2005) is 3,140; the largest in Nes. Årnes is located in the north-east of Akershus county along the Glomma River, Norway's largest and longest, in Nes municipality. Areas that compose Årnes are among others Årnes sentrum, Runni, Drognes, Høie, Fjuk, Dragsjø, Kjus, Fjellfoten, Bodding, Henni, Husmo, Østgård, Bjørknes and Sagstua.
Årnes and the fields surrounding it was known as Årnes Gård (Årnes farm) until 1862 when the railway between Christiania and Kongsvinger was built. Årnes got a train-station and this made it easier to transport lumber and other materials from the village to the capital.
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