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Drammen kommune
Official logo of Drammen kommune
Viken within
Drammen within Viken
Drammen within Viken
Coordinates: 59°37′25″N 10°22′18″E / 59.62361°N 10.37167°E / 59.62361; 10.37167Coordinates: 59°37′25″N 10°22′18″E / 59.62361°N 10.37167°E / 59.62361; 10.37167
Administrative centreSvelvik
 • Mayor (2015)Andreas Muri [no] (H)
 • Total58 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Land56 km2 (22 sq mi)
Area rank419 in Norway
 • Total6,445
 • Rank153 in Norway
 • Density115/km2 (300/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Svelviking [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3005
Official language formBokmål [2]

Svelvik [ˈsvæ̀ɽviːk] is a town and former municipality in Vestfold county, Norway, now a part of Drammen municipality in Viken county.

The town of Svelvik was separated from the rural municipality of Strømm to become a municipality of its own in 1845. The two municipalities were merged back together on 1 January 1964.

General information[edit]


The Old Norse form of the name was Sverðvík. The first element is sverð n 'sword', the last element is vík f 'cove, wick'. A neighbouring farm has the name Sverstad (Norse Sverðstaðir). The word sverð probably refers to the promontory ridge Ryggen ('the back') in Hurum: This ridge lies right opposite Svelvik and Sverstad, and is almost (like a sword) cutting the Drammensfjord in two parts.[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 September 1964. The arms show a gold-colored trident on a red background, as a symbol for the sea.[4][5]


The Svelvik ferry line is the shortest in Norway.

The narrow Svelvikstrømmen sound separates Svelvik from the municipality of Hurum, and the county of Buskerud. This sound is served by a ferry, which has the shortest line in Norway.

The village is quite characteristic, with small winding streets and traditional, white-painted houses. Svelvik has many venues for swimming and sunbathing.


The newspaper Svelviksposten is published in Svelvik.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

Pictures from Svelvik[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1907). Norske gaardnavne: Jarlsberg og Larviks amt (in Norwegian) (6 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri.
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  5. ^ "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Svelvik kommune. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  6. ^ Store norske leksikon: Svelviksposten.

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