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Ørje is the administrative centre of Marker municipality, Norway, not far from the Swedish border. Its population (2013)) is 1,881.

Ørje was founded in the 1880s around a timber-processing mill. Engebret Soot had built the first Norwegian canal locks at Ørje in the years 1857-1860 (no:Ørje sluser). The total lift of the locks are 10 meters (30 feet) divided on 3 steps. The locks are situated between the lakes "Rødenessjøen" and "Øymarksjøen" as a part of the Halden Canal Waterway System.[1][2][3][4]

In the decades following World War II, Ørje developed substantial industry and commerce. Today, the service sector, including tourism have partly replaced manufacture and agriculture/forestry as the most important economic sectors. Ørje is known for its canal museum (Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum) and steamboat club, military fortifications from 1905 and locks.[5]

Ørje has also become well-known due to a pedestrian crossing sign installed in the village by the Swedish artists' collective Kreativiteket. The sign is based on a character from Monty Python's "Ministry of Silly Walks" sketch, and instructs pedestrians to cross the street in a silly manner.[6]

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  1. ^ "Engebret Soot (1786–1859)". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ørje sluser og Haldenkanalen". NRK Ostfold. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rødenessjøen". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Øymarksjøen". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum". Østfold Museum Foundation. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "This "Silly Walk" Sign At A Crosswalk In Norway Is The Future Of Traffic Management". 8 April 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 

Coordinates: 59°29′N 11°39′E / 59.483°N 11.650°E / 59.483; 11.650