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Krødsherad kommune
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Coat of arms of Krødsherad kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Krødsherad kommune
Viken within
Krødsherad within Viken
Krødsherad within Viken
Coordinates: 60°11?42?N 9°39?52?E / 60.19500°N 9.66444°E / 60.19500; 9.66444Coordinates: 60°11?42?N 9°39?52?E / 60.19500°N 9.66444°E / 60.19500; 9.66444
Administrative centreNoresund
 o Mayor (2003)Olav Skinnes (Tverrpolitisk bygdeliste)
 o Total375 km2 (145 sq mi)
 o Land340 km2 (130 sq mi)
Area rank248 in Norway
 o Total2,201
 o Rank327 in Norway
 o Density6/km2 (20/sq mi)
 o Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Krylling [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3046
Official language formNeutral [2]

Krødsherad (Krødsherad kommune) is a municipality in Viken county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Noresund. The municipality of Krødsherad was established when it was separated from the municipality of Sigdal on 1 January 1901.

General information


The Old Norse form of the name was Kroeðisherað. The first element is the genitive case of the name of the lake Krøderen, the last element is herað meaning "district". Prior to 1918, the name was spelled Krødsherred.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 11 September 1981. The arms are supposedly canting arms. In older times, the name, Krødsherad, was commonly misunderstood as the word kross meaning "cross" or the area where two valleys crossed. Thus the saltire cross was taken as a symbol in the arms. New insights, however, derive the name from Krøderen, or a lake with a sharp curve (hooked-lake).[3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Krødsherad by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 59
 Lithuania 38
 Syria 25


The district lies on the Krøderfjord in Hallingdal, and borders on the municipalities of Ringerike, Flå, Sigdal and Modum. The municipality lies only 10 old Norwegian miles from Oslo. Settlement is scattered, with some concentration around the municipality's two principal centers, Noresund situated on the east side of Lake Krøderen and Krøderen at the southern end of Lake Krøderen.


Agriculture is the primary industry with most agricultural land arable and mostly used for grain cultivation. The forestry industry also has historically been important. With the shoreline at Krøderen and the high mountains at Norefjell, the municipality enjoys a spectrum of natural environments from lake to mountain. As a result, there are many vacation homes in the municipality and tourism, especially winter sports in the Norefjell area, is an important contribution element in the economy.

Villa Fridheim
NSB type 24b No. 236 at Krøderen
Olberg Church in Krødsherad


Villa Fridheim

Villa Fridheim, a manor house which houses a folk museum, is one of Norway's largest timber buildings. The style is representative of romantic nationalism. The building was erected in 1890-92 as the country house of Drammen based timber merchant Svend Haug(1832-1891) and his wife Anne Marthea (Thea) Sveaas (1839-1924). The architect was Herman Major Backer (1856-1932), whose other commissions included Skaugum in Asker, Klemetsrud Church in Oslo, Sollihøgda Chapel in Hole and St John's Church in Bergen.[5][6]

The building functioned as a hotel and boarding house between 1914-60. The building was restored and opened as a folktale museum in the summer of 1986. In 1996 the museum opened a section dedicated to the great collectors of Norwegian fairy tales, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe and to noted illustrators Theodor Kittelsen and Christian Skredsvig.[7]


Krøderbanen Museum (Museet Krøderbanen) is a railroad museum headquartered in the former Krøderen Railroad Station at Krøderen. Krøderbanen was opened in 1872 as a narrow gauge line. It was converted to standard gauge in connection with the Bergen Railway opening in 1909 and remained in operation until 1985. Both rolling stock and fixed installations along the line is kept in running condition. Krøderbanen is also a center for the restoration and maintenance of railway equipment.[8]

Norefjell Ski Resort

Norefjell Ski Resort was host to the downhill and giant slalom competitions of the 1952 Winter Olympics. Norefjell is only a 90-minute drive away from Oslo, making the ski resort the closest high mountain area to the Norwegian capital.[9]

Olberg Church

Olberg Church (Olberg kirke) dates from 1859. Jørgen Moe, who was the chaplain from 1853 to 1863, committed himself to having a new church built at Krødsherad. It was constructed based upon designs by architect Gustav Adolph Lammers. The building was built of wood and has 600 seats. The new church was dedicated on October 19, 1859. It is part of the Church of Norway and belongs to Eiker Prosti in the Diocese of Tunsberg. [10][11]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved .
  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 2015.
  5. ^ Geir Tandberg Steigan. "Krødsherad:Villa Fridheim". arc!/ Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Åse Moe Torvanger. "Herman Backer". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Villa Fridheim (Go.Norway)
  8. ^ Velkommen til Kroderbanen (Stiftelsen Krøderbanen)[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Alpine skiing at Norefjell (Innovation Norway) Archived 2010-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Olberg kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Arkitekter:Gustav Adolph Lammers (1802-1878)". Norges Kirker. Retrieved 2017.

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