Sør-Fron within Oppland
|• Mayor (2003)||Aksel Eng (Ap)|
|• Total||745 km2 (288 sq mi)|
|• Land||714 km2 (276 sq mi)|
|Area rank||147 in Norway|
|• Rank||257 in Norway|
|• Density||5/km2 (10/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-5.0 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0519|
|Official language form||Neutral|
The Old Norse form of the name was Frón. The meaning of the name is unknown (maybe "earth" or "land"). Therefore, the meaning of Sør-Fron is "(the) southern (part of) Fron", since the parish and municipality of Fron was divided in 1851. In the 19th century, it was called Søndre Fron (søndre also means south).
Coat of arms
On the north it is bordered by Nord-Fron municipality. On the west, it is bordered by Øystre Slidre. To the south it is bordered by Gausdal and Ringebu. To the east it is bordered by Folldal and Stor-Elvdal municipalities in Hedmark county.
Rondane National Park
Rondane National Park, which lies partially in Sør-Fron, was the first Norwegian National Park, established in 1962. In 2003, Rondane National Park was enlarged and smaller areas of nature protection were opened or enlarged adjacent to the park.
The famous play Peer Gynt is staged annually at Lake Gålå in a mountainous region of Sør-Fron as part of a festival. The play itself is supposed to have been set in a Norwegian location such as Gålå.