The village is named after a waterfall in the river Hunnselva. The first element is raud ("red"), and the last element is foss ("waterfall"). (The color red indicates traces of iron in the river bed.)
Economic and cultural activities
Raufoss is also one of the stops on Gjøvikbanen, the second to last stop. The station also has a local bus service.
The community has an active sports community pivoting around the sports club Raufoss I.L. where the football team has been the most prominent part of the club. Raufoss Fotball currently plays in Norwegian 1st division.
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