Ringebu

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Ringebu kommune
Forkalsrud.jpeg
Coat of arms of Ringebu kommune
Official logo of Ringebu kommune
Ringebu within Innlandet
Ringebu within Innlandet
Coordinates: 61°32′8″N 10°18′29″E / 61.53556°N 10.30806°E / 61.53556; 10.30806Coordinates: 61°32′8″N 10°18′29″E / 61.53556°N 10.30806°E / 61.53556; 10.30806
CountryNorway
CountyInnlandet
DistrictGudbrandsdal
Established1 Jan 1838
 • Created asFormannskapsdistrikt
Administrative centreVålebru
Government
 • Mayor (2015)Arne Fossmo (Ap)
Area
 • Total1,247.58 km2 (481.69 sq mi)
 • Land1,221.33 km2 (471.56 sq mi)
 • Water26.25 km2 (10.14 sq mi)  2.1%
 • Rank#85 in Norway
Population
 (2021)
 • Total4,408
 • Rank#195 in Norway
 • Density3.6/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Decrease −3.2%
DemonymRingbygging[1]
Official language
 • Norwegian formNeutral
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3439
WebsiteOfficial website

Ringebu  is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Gudbrandsdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Vålebru (the village is also known as Ringebu).

The 1,248-square-kilometre (482 sq mi) municipality is the 85th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Ringebu is the 195th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 4,408. The municipality's population density is 3.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (9.3/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 3.2% over the previous 10-year period.[3][4]

General information[edit]

The prestegjeld of Ringebu was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt law). In 1864, the northern part of Ringebu (population: 386) was separated to become the new municipality of Sollia. (In 1890, Sollia switched from Oppland county to Hedmark county.) On 1 January 1899, an unpopulated part of Ringebu (in Oppland county) was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Sollia (in Hedmark county).[5]

Name[edit]

The municipality (and parish) was named after the old Ringebu farm (Old Norse: Ringabú or Hringabú) since this was the site of the old Ringebu Stave Church. The first element is probably derived from ringr which means "ring" (but in what context is unknown). The last element is which means "rural district".[6]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted in 1992. The arms show three orange flames on a red background. This represents the municipality's three valleys and three parishes: Ringebu, Fåvang, and Venabygd. Fire was chosen to represent the need for heat and light by all people.[7]

Churches[edit]

The Church of Norway has three parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Ringebu. It is part of the Sør-Gudbrandsdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Hamar.

Churches in Ringebu
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Fåvang Fåvang Stave Church Fåvang 1630
Fåvangfjellet Chapel Gulhaugsætra 1974
Ringebu Ringebu Stave Church Vålebru c. 1220
Venabygd Venabygd Church Venabygd 1780
Venabygd Chapel Venabu 1979

History[edit]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Ringebu by country of origin in 2017[8]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 109
 Netherlands 41
 Lithuania 38
 Latvia 38
 Syria 29
Ringebu Stavkyrkje

The stave church at Ringebu was built around the year 1220 and it is one of fewer than 30 surviving stave churches in Norway and is one of the largest.

About 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of the church lies the old Hundorp farm which is the legendary home of Dale-Gudbrand. Dale-Gudbrand is mentioned in the Heimskringla (English: The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway) by Snorri Sturluson. The account of King Olaf's (A.D. 1015-1021) conversion of Dale-Gudbrand to Christianity is popularly recognized.

Geography[edit]

Ringebu municipal hall.

Ringebu is bordered to the west by Sør-Fron municipality, to the southwest by Gausdal municipality, to the southeast by Øyer municipality, and to the east and north by Stor-Elvdal municipality.

The administrative center of Ringebu municipality is the village of Vålebru which is located at an elevation of 182 metres (597 ft) above sea level in the valley along the river Gudbrandsdalslågen, but 50% of the area within the municipal borders lies at an elevation greater than 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level. From Ringebu, two mountain passes provide road access into the Østerdal valley to the northeast; one of these is closed during the winter. Because these mountain areas reliably provide good snow conditions, the area is a popular tourist destination. The Kvitfjell ski area in Ringebu was expanded to serve as a downhill venue for the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Norway, including Ringebu, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elects a mayor.[9] The municipality falls under the Vestre Innlandet District Court and the Eidsivating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Ringebu is made up of 21 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Ringebu Kommunestyre 2020–2023 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Green Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Joint list of the Conservative Party (Høyre)
and the Liberal Party (Venstre)
1
 Cross-party list (Tverrpolitisk liste)2
Total number of members:21
Ringebu Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11][12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
 Cross-party list (Tverrpolitisk liste)1
Total number of members:21
Ringebu Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
 Cross-party list (Tverrpolitisk liste)6
Total number of members:21
Ringebu Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:21
Ringebu Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)8
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:21
Ringebu Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [12][14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)11
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)14
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)11
 Local list (Bygdalista)2
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)16
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)8
 Local list (Bygdalista)2
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)16
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Local list (Bygdeliste)4
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [18]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)18
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [19]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)17
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1976–1979 [20]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Joint list of small farmholders and the Liberal Party (Småbrukerne og Venstre)2
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1972–1975 [21]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)3
 Socialist common list (Venstresosialistiske felleslister)1
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1968–1971 [22]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist People's Party (Sosialistisk Folkeparti)1
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
3
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Kommunestyre 1964–1967 [23]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)14
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
5
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Herredsstyre 1960–1963 [24]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)14
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
5
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Herredsstyre 1956–1959 [25]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)16
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)8
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:29
Ringebu Herredsstyre 1952–1955 [26]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)9
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:28
Ringebu Herredsstyre 1948–1951 [27]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)14
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)1
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)10
 Joint list of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and
the Radical People's Party (Radikale Folkepartiet)
3
Total number of members:28
Ringebu Herredsstyre 1945–1947 [28]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)16
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)1
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)9
 Joint list of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and
the Radical People's Party (Radikale Folkepartiet)
1
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
1
Total number of members:28
Ringebu Herredsstyre 1938–1940* [29]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)14
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)11
 Joint list of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and
the Radical People's Party (Radikale Folkepartiet)
3
Total number of members:28
Note: Due to the German occupation of Norway during World War II, no elections were held for new municipal councils until after the war ended in 1945.

Mayors[edit]

The mayors of Ringebu:

  • 1838–1853: Vilhelm Fegth
  • 1854–1871: Nils Iversen Elstad
  • 1872–1873: Nils Johannessen Jevne
  • 1874–1877: John Kristiansen Mæhlum
  • 1878–1881: Ole Chr. Elstad
  • 1882–1883: Nils Iversen Elstad
  • 1884–1893: Ole Chr. Elstad (H)
  • 1894–1897: Simen Kolstad (V)
  • 1898-1899: Ole Chr. Elstad (H)
  • 1899–1910: Simen Kolstad (AD)
  • 1911–1913: Jon Nordrum (H)
  • 1914–1925: Simen Kolstad (AD)
  • 1926–1928: Einar Vestad (Sp)
  • 1929–1934: Johan Hustveit (AD)
  • 1935–1937: Einar Vestad (Sp)
  • 1938–1941: Johan Hustveit (AD)
  • 1942–1945: Sigurd Mytting (NS)
  • 1945–1959: Asbjørn Haug (Ap)
  • 1960–1967: Ole Ringen (V)
  • 1968–1985: Birger Sæther (Ap)
  • 1985–1995: Erik S. Winther (Ap)
  • 1996–2007: Anders A. Fretheim (Sp)
  • 2007–2011: Arnhild Baukhol (Ap)
  • 2011–2015: Erik Odlo (Sp)
  • 2015–present: Arne Fossmo (Ap)

Sister cities[edit]

Ringebu has sister city agreements with the following places:[30]

Frederik Petersen, 1815

Notable people[edit]

  • Frederik Petersen (1759 in Ringebu – 1825) a Norwegian painter of portraits
  • Jehans Nordbu (1768 in Ringebu — ca.1860) a Norwegian-American immigrant to the USA and an early settler in Texas
  • Hans Engen (1912 in Ringebu – 1966) a Norwegian journalist, diplomat and politician, Norwegian ambassador to the United States from 1963 to 1966
  • Emil Nyeng (born 1991) a Norwegian cross-country skier

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