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Stor-Elvdal kommune
Coat of arms of Stor-Elvdal kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Stor-Elvdal kommune
Hedmark within
Stor-Elvdal within Hedmark
Stor-Elvdal within Hedmark
Coordinates: 61°38′6″N 10°52′27″E / 61.63500°N 10.87417°E / 61.63500; 10.87417Coordinates: 61°38′6″N 10°52′27″E / 61.63500°N 10.87417°E / 61.63500; 10.87417
Administrative centreKoppang
 • Mayor (2005)Sigmund Vestad (LL)
 • Total2,166 km2 (836 sq mi)
 • Land2,125 km2 (820 sq mi)
Area rank25 in Norway
 • Total2,819
 • Rank283 in Norway
 • Density1/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Storelvdøl [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0430
Official language formBokmål [2]

Stor-Elvdal is a municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Østerdalen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Koppang.

The parish of Store Elvedalen was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The neighboring municipality of Sollia was merged with Stor-Elvdal on 1 January 1965.

General information[edit]


The Old Norse form of the name was Elfardalr. The first element is the genitive case of elfr which means "river" (here the Glomma river) and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale".[3]

The first element Stor- (meaning "big") was later added to distinguish it from the municipality of Lille Elvedalen (now called Alvdal). (In the late Middle Ages the two districts was distinguished by ytre [meaning "outer"] and øvre [meaning "upper"].)


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1988). The arms show two silver-colored two-man saws on a green background.

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Stor-Elvdal by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
 Netherlands 28
 Germany 28
 Eritrea 26
 Poland 23
 Syria 18


Stor-Elvdal boasts the tallest moose statue in the world, a steel giant moose at the side of the Riksvei 3 highway.

Storelgen ('The giant moose') outside Stor-Elvdal


Stor-Elvdal is bordered on the north by the municipalities of Folldal and Alvdal, on the east by Rendalen, in the south by Åmot and Ringsaker, in the west by Øyer and Ringebu, and in the northwest by Sør-Fron.

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Stor-Elvdal:[5]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Hedmarkens amt (in Norwegian) (3 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 353.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Internasjonal kommune" (in Norwegian). Stor-Elvdal kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-30.

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