Holmestrand within Vestfold
|• Mayor (2007)||Alf Johan Svele (H)|
|• Total||86 km2 (33 sq mi)|
|• Land||84 km2 (32 sq mi)|
|Area rank||#394 in Norway|
|• Rank||#104 in Norway|
|• Density||113/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||3.1%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0715|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Holmestrand (help·info) is a town and municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Holmestrand. The town was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The neighboring rural municipality of Botne was merged into the municipality of Holmestrand on 1 January 1964. Sande municipality will be merged into Holmestrand on January 1, 2020. The municipality of Hof was merged into Holmestrand on January 1, 2018.
The town lies by the Oslofjord and is built beside the water. It was granted municipal status in 1752, but had been a harbour for exporting of timber/lumber since around 1550. The municipality has developed inland in recent years, after the inclusion of Botne. It borders Sande and the Oslo Fjord in the east, Re in the south, and it has a short border to Larvik in the south-west. It is bordered by Buskerud County in the west and north.
The coat-of-arms is relatively modern, granted on 14 November 1898. The arms show a silver eagle holding a gold anchor in its left claw and a gold Rod of Asclepius in its right claw all on a red background. The eagle in the arms is derived from the arms of the merchant Johan Heinrich Tordenskiold, who, in 1819, donated all his fortune to build a school in Holmestrand. The eagle also gave its name to the main ship of the merchant, which is shown on the breast-shield, the White Eagle. The anchor symbolises the importance of Holmestrand as a harbour town. The snake on the Rod of Asclepius is the symbol of medicine and symbolises the former health spa in Holmestrand that existed in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Ethnic and foreign minority
The European route E18 through Vestfold goes to the west around downtown Holmestrand and secondary roads connect the city to this highway.
- Harriet Backer (1845–1932), painter
- Agathe Backer Grøndahl (1847–1907), composer
- Nils Kjær (1870–1924), author
- Aleksander Vinter, electronic music producer
- Dag Lovaas Speedway Rider
Twin towns — Sister cities
- Arsuk, Sermersooq, Greenland
- Åland Islands, Finland
- Eiði, Eysturoy, Faroe Islands
- Herning, Region Midtjylland, Denmark
- Husby, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
- Kangasala, Western Finland, Finland
- Siglufjörður, Eyjafjörður, Iceland
- Vänersborg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
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