Marker, Norway

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This article is about the municipality in Østfold, Norway. For other uses, see Marker (disambiguation).
Marker kommune
Coat of arms of Marker kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Marker kommune
Østfold within
Marker within Østfold
Marker within Østfold
Coordinates: 59°30′40″N 11°37′42″E / 59.51111°N 11.62833°E / 59.51111; 11.62833Coordinates: 59°30′40″N 11°37′42″E / 59.51111°N 11.62833°E / 59.51111; 11.62833
Country Norway
County Østfold
District Smaalenene
Administrative centre Ørje
 • Mayor (2003) Kjersti Nythe Nilsen (Ap)
 • Total 413 km2 (159 sq mi)
 • Land 368 km2 (142 sq mi)
Area rank 235 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 3,409
 • Rank 250 in Norway
 • Density 9/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 2.0 %
Demonym(s) Marking[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0119
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Marker is a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ørje. Marker was created as a new municipality on 1 January 1964 after the merger of the two old municipalities of Rødenes and Øymark.

The municipality borders on Aremark, Rakkestad, Eidsberg, and Rømskog municipalities in Østfold county, Aurskog-Høland municipality in Akershus county, and on Sweden. European route E18 goes through the municipality.

The biggest attractions in the municipality are Ørje Fortress and Basmo Fortress. Basmo Fortress lies on an isolated mountain outcropping between the lakes Rødenessjøen and Hemnessjøen in the northwestern part of the municipality.

General information[edit]


The Norse form of the name was Markir which is the plural form of mǫrk f 'woodland, borderland' (see > March).


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 16 April 1982. The arms show two white-colored trunk-hooks on a blue background. They are a type of hook, normally on a long pole, used to drive tree trunks through the rivers. The main economic activity in the municipality is forestry, hence the use of the hooks. The two hooks also represent the two villages (and former municipalities) of Rødenes and Øymark.[2]

See also: Coats-of-arms of Åsnes, Fet, Jondal, and Nordre Land.
Rødenes church

Rødenes church[edit]

Rødenes church (Rødenes kirke) is a Medieval era church in the Rødenes parish of Marker. Rødenes church belongs to Østre Borgesyssel deanery in the Diocese of Borg of the Church of Norway. The church is of Romanesque architecture style and dates from 1230. The church has a rectangular nave and lower and narrower choir. The pulpit of oak is from the 1600s. The altarpiece dates from the 1720s. The edifice is of stone and brick. The church is of long plan and has 240 number of seats. The church underwent extensive reconstruction in the years 1703-1709. Between 1949-1952, the church was restored. [3] [4]


Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Marker by country of origin in 2015[5]
Ancestry Number
 Sweden 73
 Poland 34
 Somalia 31


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Rødenes kirke". Den Norkse Kirke. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Østre Borgesyssel prosti". arkivportalen. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 

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