Våler, Østfold

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Våler kommune
Våler church
Coat of arms of Våler kommune
Coat of arms
Våler within Østfold
Våler within Østfold
Coordinates: 59°28′21″N 10°55′1″E / 59.47250°N 10.91694°E / 59.47250; 10.91694Coordinates: 59°28′21″N 10°55′1″E / 59.47250°N 10.91694°E / 59.47250; 10.91694
Country Norway
County Østfold
Administrative centre Kirkebygden
 • Mayor (2011) Reidar Kaabbel (Sp)
 • Total 257 km2 (99 sq mi)
 • Land 239 km2 (92 sq mi)
Area rank #298 in Norway
Population (2016)
 • Total 5,335
 • Density 21/km2 (54/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Vålersokning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
ISO 3166 code NO-0137
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.valer-of.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Våler is a municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is Kirkebygden. The parish of Vaaler was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

General information[edit]


The Old Norse form of the name was Válir. This is the plural form of váll which means "a clearing in the woods". Prior to 1921, the name was written "Vaaler".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 20 June 1986. The arms are based on the arms of the local Bolt family, who held several high functions in the 13th and 14th centuries. The arms are already seen in the seal of Agmund Berdorsson Bolt from 1400. The arms show a blue background divided in half vertically. On the left is half of a silver fleur-de-lis and on the right there are two yellow chevrons.[2][3]

Våler Church[edit]

Våler Church (Våler kirke) is a medieval era church. The church was built in Romanesque style between 1150 and 1200. Over the years the church has been rebuilt and remodeled several times. One of the church's bells are probably cast before 1160. The altarpiece was given to the church in 1636. The octagonal font and ceiling above originates from 1697 and is carved in wood. The paintings hanging on the west and north walls of the nave is from around 1790.[4]

Minority population[edit]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Våler by country of origin in 2017[5]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 235
 Lithuania 75
 Sweden 42
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 38
 Vietnam 36


  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. ^ "Kommunevåpenet". Våler kommune. Archived from the original on October 22, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  (in Norwegian)
  4. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Våler kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 

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