Lier, Norway

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Lier kommune
Tyrifjorden holsfj-tb.jpg
Coat of arms of Lier kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Lier kommune
Buskerud within
Lier within Buskerud
Lier within Buskerud
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
Country Norway
County Buskerud
District Lower Buskerud
Administrative centre Lierbyen
 • Mayor (2011) Helene Justad (H)
 • Total 301 km2 (116 sq mi)
 • Land 281 km2 (108 sq mi)
Area rank 277 in Norway
Population (24971)
 • Total 21,594
 • Rank 40 in Norway
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 9.8 %
Demonym(s) Liung[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0626
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Lier is a municipality in Buskerud 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.

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.[2][3]


Lier borders to the municipalities of Asker and Bærum (in Akershus county) and Drammen, Modum, Nedre Eiker, Røyken and Hole (in Buskerud county). 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]

Main category: People from Lier


Frogner Kirke
  • 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:[4]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Liers kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Lier kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Lier kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 

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