Lier, Norway

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Lier kommune
City Hall in Lierbyen
City Hall in Lierbyen
Coat of arms of Lier kommune
Coat of arms
Lier within Viken
Lier within Viken
Coordinates: 59°47′38″N 10°15′58″E / 59.7937863°N 10.2660000°E / 59.7937863; 10.2660000Coordinates: 59°47′38″N 10°15′58″E / 59.7937863°N 10.2660000°E / 59.7937863; 10.2660000
DistrictMiddle Viken
Administrative centreLierbyen
 • Mayor (2011)Helene Justad (H)
 • Total301 km2 (116 sq mi)
 • Land281 km2 (108 sq mi)
Area rank277 in Norway
 • Total21,594
 • Rank40 in Norway
 • Density77/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Liung [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0626
Official language formBokmål [2]

Lier is a municipality in Viken county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lierbyen. The municipality of Lier was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area Åssiden was transferred from Lier to the neighboring municipality of Drammen on 1 July 1951.

Norway's longest indoor shopping center, Liertoppen, is located in Lierskogen. The newspaper Lierposten is published in Lier.[3]

General information[edit]


The Old Norse form of the name was Líðir. The name is the plural form of líð which means "hillside".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times and was designed by Hallvard Trætteberg. They were granted on 14 August 1970. The arms show five silver-colored apple blossoms on a red background. The area is well known for the production of various types of fruit, berries, vegetables, and flowers, so this was chosen as a symbol of the area's lush scenery and agriculture.[4][5]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Lier by country of origin in 2017[6]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 1,199
 Lithuania 343
 Somalia 310
 India 301
 Pakistan 245
 Iraq 197
 Vietnam 186
 Germany 166
 Sweden 162
 Kosovo 153


Lier borders to the municipalities of Asker, Bærum, Drammen, Modum and Hole. It includes the villages of Lierbyen, Sylling, Sjåstad, Nøste, Gullaug, Lierskogen, and Tranby.

Lier is thought of as a "green lung" for Norway's capital, Oslo, with its vast number of fields and apple trees. It is also famous for its agricultural products as strawberries and vegetables.

The Gilhusodden Nature Preserve is home of many different bird species. The area is also used for recreation, especially swimming and sunbathing, with its long, shallow beach.

Notable residents[edit]


Frogner Kirke
Frogner parsonage
  • Bygdeborgen – village stronghold from the Middle Ages on Fosskollen
  • Frogner Kirke – romanesque parish church built in 1650
  • Gilhusodden – Nature Preserve
  • Gjellebekk skanse – defence bulwark during the Great Northern War which prevented a Swedish invasion of Norway in 1716
  • Lier Bygdetun – Rural Museum including a 40-acre (160,000 m2) farm
  • Hans Christian Heg statue - at Haugestad in the community of Lierbyen
  • St. Hallvard's minne – memorial of St. Hallvard, patron saint of Oslo
  • Sylling cemetery – Ten British RAF Airmen are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Plot

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Lier:[7]



  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon: Lierposten.
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Liers kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Lier kommune. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Lier kommune. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2009.

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