Nordre Land

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Nordre Land kommune
Dokka in Nordre Land
Dokka in Nordre Land
Coat of arms of Nordre Land kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nordre Land kommune
Oppland within
Nordre Land within Oppland
Nordre Land within Oppland
Coordinates: 60°55′55″N 10°1′2″E / 60.93194°N 10.01722°E / 60.93194; 10.01722Coordinates: 60°55′55″N 10°1′2″E / 60.93194°N 10.01722°E / 60.93194; 10.01722
Country Norway
County Oppland
District Land, Norway
Administrative centre Dokka
 • Mayor (2015) Ola Tore Dokken (SP)
 • Total 955 km2 (369 sq mi)
 • Land 921 km2 (356 sq mi)
Area rank #112 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 6,916
 • Rank #143 in Norway
 • Density 8/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -0.7%
Demonym(s) Nordrelending[1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-0538
Official language form Bokmål

Nordre Land is a municipality in Oppland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Land. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Dokka.

The old municipality of Land was divided into Nordre Land and Søndre Land in 1847. The area of Torpa was separated from Nordre Land on 1 January 1914 to become a separate municipality, but it was merged back into Nordre Land on 1 January 1962.

General information[edit]


The Old Norse form of the name was just Land which means "land". The meaning of the name Nordre Land is "(the) northern (part of) Land". The parish and municipality of Land was divided in 1847.[2]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted in 1987. The arms show two gold-colored hooks for log driving (or "brøtningshaker") on a blue background. They were designed by Dag Magne Staurheim. The municipality of Nordre Land has rich traditions within the field of log driving, to which the vast number of log dams within the area bear witness. Tools were required for the log driving, and the local blacksmiths made pike poles. Every blacksmith created his own shape or design for the poles, and one of the most famous pike poles in Nordre Land was the design made by the blacksmith Kristian Halden. In addition to pike poles he made knives. The poles and knives were named "Hæillhakar" and "Hæillakniver" by the locals. It is the "Halden Pole" which has been the model for the municipal arms of Nordre Land.[3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Nordre Land by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 116
 Eritrea 53
 Somalia 41
 Lithuania 36
 Afghanistan 29
 Russia 25
 Syria 22


Nordre Land is bordered on the north by the municipalities of Nord-Aurdal and Gausdal, on the northeast by Lillehammer, on the east by Gjøvik, on the south by Søndre Land, on the southwest by Sør-Aurdal, and on the west by Etnedal.

The river Etna flows from Etnedal and through western parts of the municipality down into the Randsfjorden. Lake Akksjøen is also in this area.


  • The rock carvings at Møllerstufossen are more than 6,000 years old. There are 11 carvings of moose, and also two that are more difficult to interpret. Sometime in the stone age this must have been an important place.
  • The Lands Museum is located in Dokka. About thirty buildings are reassembled in the area. In the main building from the Thomle farm there are rococo paintings on the walls by Peder Aadnes dating from about 1750.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (Anden halvdel) (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 179 & 196.
  3. ^ "Kommunevåpen for Nordre Land". Nordre Land kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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