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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


  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. 

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Østfold.