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Spydeberg kommune
Coat of arms of Spydeberg kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Spydeberg kommune
Østfold within
Spydeberg within Østfold
Spydeberg within Østfold
Coordinates: 59°36′55″N 11°4′35″E / 59.61528°N 11.07639°E / 59.61528; 11.07639Coordinates: 59°36′55″N 11°4′35″E / 59.61528°N 11.07639°E / 59.61528; 11.07639
Administrative centreSpydeberg
 • Total142 km2 (55 sq mi)
 • Land133 km2 (51 sq mi)
Area rank#362 in Norway
 • Total5,186
 • Rank#201 in Norway
 • Density35/km2 (90/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0123
Official language formBokmål

Spydeberg is a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Spydeberg. It is divided into the parishes of Spydeberg, Heli, and Hovin. Spydeberg was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

The village of Spydeberg has approximately 5,500 inhabitants. It is located 45 kilometres (28 mi) southeast of Oslo and is easily reached by a bus and a train line. There are 16 daily buses to Oslo, and about 21 train departures. A lot of the people in Spydeberg commute to Oslo for work.

General information[edit]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Spydeberg farm (Old Norse: Spjótaberg), since the first church was built here. The first element is the plural genitive case of spjót which means "spear" and the last element is berg which means "mountain". The word "spear" is here probably referring to some outstanding points of a nearby mountain.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 30 June 1978. The arms show three canting silver spear points (from the word spyd which comes from the Old Norse word spjót) on a red background. The model for the spear points was unearthed at a burial mound near Mørk in 1905. The three spears represent the three parishes in the municipality. It was designed by Truls Nygaard.[2][3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Spydeberg by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 84
 Lithuania 61
 Syria 48
 Eritrea 44
 Myanmar 44
 Sweden 36
 Denmark 34

Notable residents[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

The municipality of Spydeberg has been quite active in international relations for over 20 years. The town has sister cities in Denmark, Sweden, and Latvia.[5]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  3. ^ "Spydebergs kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Spydeberg kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Spydebergs vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Spydeberg kommune. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2008-12-15.

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