Tokke

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Tokke kommune
Municipality
Coat of arms of Tokke kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Tokke kommune
Telemark within
Norway
Tokke within Telemark
Tokke within Telemark
Coordinates: 59°25′2″N 7°58′43″E / 59.41722°N 7.97861°E / 59.41722; 7.97861Coordinates: 59°25′2″N 7°58′43″E / 59.41722°N 7.97861°E / 59.41722; 7.97861
Country Norway
County Telemark
District Vest-Telemark
Administrative centre Dalen
Government
 • Mayor (2015) Jarand Felland (Sp)
Area
 • Total 984 km2 (380 sq mi)
 • Land 905 km2 (349 sq mi)
Area rank 107 in Norway
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,337
 • Rank 310 in Norway
 • Density 2.58/km2 (6.7/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -6.7 %
Demonym(s) Tokkebu[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0833
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.tokke.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Tokke is a municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Vest-Telemark. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Dalen. The municipality of Tokke was created on 1 January 1964 upon the merger of the two older municipalities of Lårdal and Mo. Located in Lårdal, Eidsborg stave church is one of Norway's old stave churches.

Eidsborg stave church

General information[edit]

Name[edit]

The name originally belongs to the river running through the municipality. The Old Norse form of the river name must have been Þotka and it is related to the name of the lake Totak (which it comes from). The river name is probably derived from the Norse word þot meaning "roaring, rushing, or howling".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 6 February 1987. The arms show a black bear on a gold background. The bear in the arms symbolizes the rich nature in the forests in the municipality. The bear plays a major role in many local legends and stories.[2]

Geography[edit]

Tokke borders Vinje, Kviteseid, Seljord, Fyresdal, Valle, and Bykle. The highest peak is Urdenosi which is 1,520 metres (4,990 ft) above sea level.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-18. 

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