Ringerike (municipality)

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Ringerike kommune
Town of Hønefoss
Town of Hønefoss
Coat of arms of Ringerike kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Ringerike kommune
Viken within
Ringerike within Viken
Ringerike within Viken
Coordinates: 60°12′19″N 10°9′9″E / 60.20528°N 10.15250°E / 60.20528; 10.15250Coordinates: 60°12′19″N 10°9′9″E / 60.20528°N 10.15250°E / 60.20528; 10.15250
Administrative centreHønefoss
 • Mayor (2007)Kjell B. Hansen (Ap)
 • Total1,552 km2 (599 sq mi)
 • Land1,423 km2 (549 sq mi)
Area rank47 in Norway
 • Total28,060
 • Rank26 in Norway
 • Density20/km2 (50/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Ringeriking [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3007
Official language formBokmål [2]

Ringerike is a municipality in Viken county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Ringerike. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Hønefoss.

The municipality of Ringerike was created on 1 January 1964 after the merger of the town of Hønefoss and the rural municipalities of Hole, Norderhov, Tyristrand, and Ådal. However, the area of Hole was removed from the municipality of Ringerike on 1 January 1977 to become a separate municipality once again. The historic area of Ringerike included not just the modern municipality of Ringerike but also Hole and Krødsherad, Modum and Sigdal.[3]

General information[edit]


The Old Norse form of this name was Hringaríki. The first element is (probably) the genitive plural of hringir, the name of an old Germanic tribe. The last element is ríki n 'kingdom, reich'. (See also Romerike.)[4]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms were granted on 16 June 1967. The arms show a gold ring on a red background. The colours red and gold represent royalty and are the royal colors of Norway. The ring is a canting symbol and at the same time symbolises the unity of the area, which has been a separate entity (even considered a petty kingdom) since medieval times.[4][5]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Ringerike by country of origin in 2017[6]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 663
 Lithuania 198
 Germany 190
 Kosovo 179
 Iraq 162
 Russia 160
 Denmark 159
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 149
 Iran 147
 Thailand 135
 Syria 126
 Sweden 124
Hønefoss, largest town and the administrative centre of Ringerike


The municipality of Ringerike is bordered on the north by the municipalities of Sør-Aurdal and Søndre Land; on the east by Gran, Jevnaker, Lunner, and Oslo; in the south by Bærum, Hole, and Modum; and in the west by Krødsherad and Flå.

Lakes in the region include:

It is also home to mountain ranges, including Ådalsfjella.

Ringerike potato


Ringerike is famous for two agriculture products; Ringerike potato (Ringerikspotet) and Ringerike pea (Ringeriksert). Jens Aabel first started production of Ringerike potato around 1867. The Ringerike pea has obtained PDO (protected designation of origin). The Ringerike potato has applied for the same protection, and is waiting for the result from the Agriculture department (2003). In June 2007, the potato got "protected geographical indication" (PGI) under the name Ringerikspotet fra Ringerike. Six farmers are now producing and packing this special potato at Ask in Ringerike. Most of the potatoes are sold in the Oslo area. [7][8]

Notable residents[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Ringerike:[9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Vol. XIII: A History Of Norway And The Passion And Miracles Of The Blessed Óláfr Viking Society for Northern Research, Anthony Faulkes and Richard Perkins, p. 128
  4. ^ a b "Kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Ringerike kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  5. ^ Kommunevåpen, Norske (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  6. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Ringerikspotet - landsort med varemerke". Norsk institutt for bioøkonomi. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Ringerikserter". matmerk.no. Archived from the original on 2007-02-12. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Norden.no. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  10. ^ "Internationale betrekkingen" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  11. ^ "Terraza Carmona Eventos" (in Spanish).

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