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Drangedal kommune
Drangedal Prestestranda 1.JPG
Coat of arms of Drangedal kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Drangedal kommune
Telemark within
Drangedal within Telemark
Drangedal within Telemark
Coordinates: 59°7′24″N 8°58′55″E / 59.12333°N 8.98194°E / 59.12333; 8.98194Coordinates: 59°7′24″N 8°58′55″E / 59.12333°N 8.98194°E / 59.12333; 8.98194
Country Norway
County Telemark
District Grenland
Administrative centre Prestestranda
 • Mayor (2016) Tor Peder Lohne (Ap)
 • Total 1,063 km2 (410 sq mi)
 • Land 996 km2 (385 sq mi)
Area rank 96 in Norway
Population (2016)
 • Total 4,136
 • Rank 223 in Norway
 • Density 4/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -2.7 %
Demonym(s) Drangedøl[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0817
Official language form Neutral
Website www.drangedal.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Drangedal is a municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Grenland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Prestestranda. The municipality of Drangedal was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The district of Tørdal encompassed the northwestern part of the municipality.

The administrative centre in Drangedal, Prestestranda, and is situated by Lake Toke. The municipal government is located there along with primary and secondary schools, shopping facilities, and a bank. Drangedal railway station is also located in Prestestranda and is served by the Oslo to Kristiansand Sørlandsbannen railway line. The newspaper Drangedalsposten is published in Drangedal.

Alpine and cross-country skiing is possible in the area of Drangedal, at Telemark's largest ski resort.

General information[edit]

Drangedal Parish Church


The Old Norse form of the name was Drangadalr. The first element is probably the genitive plural of drangr m 'mountain peak'. The last element is dalr m 'valley, dale'.[2]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted 1989. The arms show two gold-colored pine cones on a green background.

Notable natives[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1914). Norske gaardnavne: Bratsbergs amt (Dokumentasjonsprosjektet) (in Norwegian) (7 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. 

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