Town of Hønefoss
Ringerike within Viken
|• Mayor (2007)||Kjell B. Hansen (Ap)|
|• Total||1,552 km2 (599 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,423 km2 (549 sq mi)|
|Area rank||47 in Norway|
|• Rank||26 in Norway|
|• Density||20/km2 (50/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||2.4%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-3007|
|Official language form||Bokmål |
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.
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.)
Coat of arms
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.
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 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. 
- Karsten Alnæs, writer
- Frode Andresen, Norwegian biathlete
- Anders Andersen (1846-1931), politician and the Norwegian Labor Party's first chairman
- Trygve Brodahl (1905-1996), cross country skier
- Sverre Brodahl (1909-1998), cross country running and Nordic combined skier
- Erik Hagen, Norwegian soccer player
- Arild Hiim, former member of parliament
- Anders Jacobsen, Norwegian ski jumper.
- Bjørn Kjos CEO and founder of Norwegian Air Shuttle.
- Bjørn Skogmo, writer
- Randi Thorvaldsen, speedskater
Twin towns — Sister cities
- Aabenraa, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark
- Lohja, Southern Finland, Finland
- Emmeloord, Flevoland, Netherlands
- Skagaströnd, Iceland
- Växjö, Kronoberg County, Sweden
- Vera, Almería, Spain in 1989
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- "Terraza Carmona Eventos" (in Spanish).
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- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Ringerike Kommune
- Ringerike Hospital
- Ringerikes Blad
- Ringerike Sports councils
- Ringerike (Norwegian Natural Heritage)
- The Norwegian Church in Ringerike
- Ringerikes Tourist Information
- Ringerikes Museum
- Buskerud and Ringerikes millennium
- Ringerike Historical Society