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Sør-Fron kommune
Sør-Fron rådhus.JPG
Coat of arms of Sør-Fron kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sør-Fron kommune
Innlandet within
Sør-Fron within Innlandet
Sør-Fron within Innlandet
Coordinates: 61°34′8″N 9°55′24″E / 61.56889°N 9.92333°E / 61.56889; 9.92333Coordinates: 61°34′8″N 9°55′24″E / 61.56889°N 9.92333°E / 61.56889; 9.92333
Administrative centreHundorp
 • Mayor (2003)Aksel Eng (Ap)
 • Total745 km2 (288 sq mi)
 • Land714 km2 (276 sq mi)
Area rank147 in Norway
 • Total3,292
 • Rank257 in Norway
 • Density5/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3438
Official language formNeutral[2]

Sør-Fron is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Gudbrandsdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Hundorp.

The old municipality of Fron was divided into Sør-Fron and Nord-Fron in 1851. In 1966, they were merged back together again, but that only lasted until 1977 when they separated once again.

General information[edit]


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').[3]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms is from modern times (1988). The arms show the club that smashed to pieces the statue of the god Thor standing at Hundorp.

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Sør-Fron by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
 Lithuania 85
 Poland 37
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 32
 Denmark 18
 Netherlands 16


Panoramic view over Sør-Fron from Skutelen

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[edit]

Smiubelgen in 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.

Villages include Frya, Hundorp, Lia and Harpefoss.


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.

Notable residents[edit]

The famous author and playwright Ludvig Holberg spent part of his youth at the parsonage in Sør-Fron, where he was tutored along with his cousin's children. His cousin was then the minister there.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 120.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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