Sør-Odal

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Sør-Odal kommune
Municipality
Skarnes bru.jpg
Coat of arms of Sør-Odal kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sør-Odal kommune
Hedmark within
Norway
Sør-Odal within Hedmark
Sør-Odal within Hedmark
Coordinates: 60°14′12″N 11°44′44″E / 60.23667°N 11.74556°E / 60.23667; 11.74556Coordinates: 60°14′12″N 11°44′44″E / 60.23667°N 11.74556°E / 60.23667; 11.74556
Country Norway
County Hedmark
District Odal, Norway
Administrative centre Skarnes
Government
 • Mayor (2016) Knut Hvithammer (Ap)
Area
 • Total 517 km2 (200 sq mi)
 • Land 479 km2 (185 sq mi)
Area rank 203 in Norway
Population (2016)
 • Total approximately 7,800
 • Rank 129 in Norway
 • Density 16/km2 (40/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 3.4 %
Demonym(s) Odøling[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0419
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.sor-odal.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Sør-Odal is a municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Odalen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Skarnes.

The parish of Søndre Odalen was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

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.

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

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.)

Coat-of-arms[edit]

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.[2]

Economy[edit]

The economy is based on a mix of manufacturing, farming, and services. Skarnes has a train connection to Oslo.

Notable residents[edit]

  • 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

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Sør-Odal:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Kommunevåpen for Sør-Odal kommmune" (in Norwegian). Sør-Odal kommmune. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  3. ^ "Sør-Odal - en kommune med mangfold i kulturtilbudet" (in Norwegian). Sør-Odal kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 

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