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Råde kommune
Karlshus, Råde
Karlshus, Råde
Coat of arms of Råde kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Råde kommune
Østfold within
Råde within Østfold
Råde within Østfold
Coordinates: 59°20′56″N 10°51′18″E / 59.34889°N 10.85500°E / 59.34889; 10.85500Coordinates: 59°20′56″N 10°51′18″E / 59.34889°N 10.85500°E / 59.34889; 10.85500
Country Norway
County Østfold
Administrative centre Karlshus
 • Mayor (2011) René Rafshol (H)
 • Total 119 km2 (46 sq mi)
 • Land 105 km2 (41 sq mi)
Area rank 373 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 6,946
 • Density 58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Rådesokning
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0135
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.rade.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Råde is a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Karlshus. The parish of Raade was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

The neighbouring municipalities are Rygge, Våler, Sarpsborg, and Fredrikstad. There are four major villages in the municipality: Karlshus, Saltnes, Missingmyr, and Slangsvold.

General information[edit]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Råde farm (Old Norse: Róða), since the first church was built here. The name is identical with the word róða which means "bar, pole, or rod". Here it is referring to a long hill (a raet which is shaped like a bar, pole, or rod) and the farm and the church is located on the top of it. Prior to 1921, the name was written "Raade".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 30 May 1980. The arms are canting for the name of the municipality. It shows a yellow bend on a green background. The name of the municipality is derived from an old word meaning a glacial moraine. The arms thus symbolise the moraine and glacial path from the Ice ages that runs through the municipality. The colour green symbolises the fertile soil.[2]


Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Råde by country of origin in 2015[3]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 231
 Somalia 43
 Denmark 42
 Sweden 40
 Lithuania 35
Råde Church

Råde Church[edit]

Råde church (Råde kirke) is a medieval era church in Råde parish. The church belongs to Vestre Borgesyssel deanery in Diocese of Borg. The church dates from 1185 and is of Romanesque style. The edifice is of brick and stone and has 300 seats. The church has a rectangular nave and narrow choir with an apse which is semicircular. The baptismal font is from the 1500s and the altarpiece is from 1638. The altarpiece was painted both in 1862 and 1918. In 1950-60, the altarpiece was restored. The church was extensively repaired in 1860-1862. In the late 1950s, restoration work initiated. [4]


  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. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Råde kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Østfold.