Borre, Norway

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Borre Church

Borre is a village in the municipality of Horten, Vestfold county, Norway. The village of Borre had provided the name of the former Borre municipality .[1]

The municipality includes a large fresh water lake called 'Borrevannet' which measures 4 km long and 800 meters wide(at its widest). At the south end is a designated bird sanctuary where you can see numerous water birds, waders, and many other bird types. The lake houses many varieties of fish including pike, perch and eel. You can purchase fishing cards (daily or season) by using your mobile phone (just follow the instructions on the notice boards placed at the fishing spots around the lake. The Association that manages the lake, Borrevannets Grundeierforegning, uses the fishing card sales to promote water quality improvement initiatives and fishing research projects. It is also possible to rent one of the privately owned cabins (contact the Horten Tourist Information for further Information, or search using the terms 'Asketun Borrevannet' om ''). On the east side of the lake the pumping station can be visited. It is currently run by the council and run a large number of educational programs, primarily but not exclusively designed for schools.


The municipality was created as Borre formannskapsdistrikt in 1837 and bore the municipality number 0717. On 1 January 1858 the city of Horten was separated from Borre to constitute a separate administrative unit, leaving Borre with a population of 2,954. Horten got the municipality number 0703, the third digit of zero indicating its city status.[2]

Starting in 1921, a series of border adjustments which moved territory from Borre to Horten took place. The parts moved to Horten in 1921, 1951 and 1986 had 287, 308 and 22 inhabitants respectively. On 1 January 1965 the urban municipality Åsgårdstrand was incorporated into Borre, losing its city status and number 0704. The enlarged Borre municipality retained the number 0717, and had 6,651 inhabitants as a result of the merger.[2]

On 1 January 1988 Horten and Borre, with 9,098 and 12,994 inhabitants respectively, merged to form a new municipality. The name of the new municipality was Borre, but it was given the number 0701, indicating continued city status. The village of Borre has a population of 681.[2][3] On June 1, 2002 the name of the municipality was changed to Horten, following a referendum held in conjunction with the 2001 parliamentary election. The referendum was a close call with 6,557 votes for the name Horten and 6,218 votes for Borre.[4] Horten municipality still carries the municipality number 0701.[2]


  • Borre National Park covers 45 acres (182,000 m²). Its collection of burial mounds include a large collection of royal tombs.[5]
  • Borre mound cemetery (Norwegian: Borrehaugene) from the Old Norse words borró and haugr meaning mound. The Borre style of Norse art is named after a boat grave from Borre.[6][7]
  • Borre Church is a Medieval single-nave church probably built in the 12th century.[8]

The name[edit]

The Norse form of the name was Borró. The meaning of the name is unknown.


Other sources[edit]

  • Lillevold, Eyvind Borre bygdebok (Borre, 1954)

Coordinates: 59°22′51″N 10°27′11″E / 59.38083°N 10.45306°E / 59.38083; 10.45306