Sør-Odal within Hedmark
|• Mayor (2016)||Knut Hvithammer (Ap)|
|• Total||517 km2 (200 sq mi)|
|• Land||479 km2 (185 sq mi)|
|Area rank||#203 in Norway|
|• Total||approximately 7,800|
|• Rank||#129 in Norway|
|• Density||16/km2 (40/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||3.4%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0419|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
The municipality is a rural community situated along the river Glåma and around the southern side of the lake Storsjøen. It is bordered by the municipalities of Eidskog in the south, by Kongsvinger in the east, and by Nord-Odal and Grue in the north. The terrain is dominated by rolling hills, lakes, and pine forests.
The last element is the old district name Odal (Old Norse: Ódalr). The first element of this is ó, a sideform of á which means "river" (here the Glåma river). The last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale".
The first element Sør- (meaning "southern") was added after 1819 when the parish of Odal was divided in two. (See Nord-Odal.)
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 10 January 1992. The arms show three gold keys on a red background. They represent the three parishes of Oppstad, Strøm, and Ulleren and the three local bodies of water: Glomma, Oppstadåa, and Storsjøen. The key symbolizes justice, knowledge, and positive ideals. The arms were designed by Harald Hallstensen.
Ethnic and foreign minority
- Øystein Sunde, a Norwegian songwriter and entertainer is from Skarnes
- Peder Sather, emigrated to the United States, became a successful banker and philanthropist for whom the Sather Tower at UC Berkeley in California is named
- Martin Linnes, Norwegian footballer
- "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- "Kommunevåpen for Sør-Odal kommmune" (in Norwegian). Sør-Odal kommmune. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- "Sør-Odal - en kommune med mangfold i kulturtilbudet" (in Norwegian). Sør-Odal kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-29.