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Encyclopedia > Districts of Norway
Norway's traditional districts.

Norway is divided into a number of traditional districts. Many districts have deep historical roots, and only partially coincide with today's administrative units of counties and municipalities. The districts are defined by geographical features, often valleys, mountain ranges, fjords, plains, or coastlines, or combinations of the above. Many such regions were petty kingdoms up to the early Viking age. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties (fylker, singular - fylke, Nynorsk: singular and plural fylke; until 1918 known as singular and plural- amt), and 433 municipalities (kommuner - Nynorsk: kommunar). ... Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties (fylker, singular - fylke), and 431 municipalities/communes (kommuner). ... Fljótsdalur in East Iceland, a rather flat valley In geology, a valley (also called a vale or dale) is a depression with predominant extent in one direction. ... For exotic financial options, see Mountain range (options). ... Fjord in Sunnmøre, Norway Geirangerfjord, Norway A fjord (or fiord) is a long, narrow estuary with steep sides, made when a glacial valley is filled by rising sea water levels. ... Petty kingdoms were prominent before the formation of many of todays nation states. ... Viking Age is the term denoting the years from about 800 to 1066 in Scandinavian History[1][2][3]. // The Vikings have been much maligned in European history, due in large part to their violent attacks on Christians in the first centuries of their excursions out of Scandinavia. ...

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Regional identity

A high percentage of Norwegians identify themselves more by the district they live in or come from, than the formal administrative unit(s) whose jurisdiction they fall under. A significant reason for this is that the districts, through their strong geographical limits, have traditionally delineated the region(s) within which one could travel without too much trouble or expenditure of time and money (here we're talking of traveling on foot or skis, by horse/ox-drawn cart or sleigh or dog sled, or by one's own small rowing or sail boat). Thus, dialects and regional commonality in folk culture tended to correspond to those same geographical units, despite any division into administrative districts by authorities. A shaped, twin-tip alpine ski. ... For the cricket meaning, see Sledging (cricket) A sled, sledge or sleigh is a vehicle with runners for sliding instead of wheels for rolling. ... Dog sled A dog sled (or dogsled) is a sled pulled by one or more dogs used to travel over ice and through snow. ... Rowing in the Amstel River by a student rowing club. ... For dialects of programming languages, see Programming language dialect. ... Folk culture refers to the localized lifestyle of a subsistence or otherwise inward looking culture. ...


In modern times the whole country has become more closely connected, based on the following:

  • Communication technologies such as telegraph, newspapers, telephone, radio and TV. In particular Televerket and NRK.
  • The construction of mountain crossings, tunnels through mountains, bridges, undersea tunnels; many of these projects, particularly the larger bridges and the undersea tunnels, were undertaken as late as the 1970s forward.
  • Establishing a coastal express route of combined passenger and cargo ships, like the Hurtigruten, sailing regularly from Bergen to Kirkenes and back again, and stopping by at a host of cities and towns along the western and northern coast.
  • The construction of railroads between distant parts of the country.
  • The opening of dozens of new airports all over the country through the 1960s and 70s.
  • The release of private cars from government rationing and import restrictions from the 1950s onwards.

A concrete display of the Norwegian habit of identifying themselves by district can be seen in the many regional costumes, called bunad, strictly connected to distinct districts across the country. Commonly, even city dwellers proudly mark their rural origins by wearing such a costume, from their ancestral landscape, at weddings, visits with members of the royal family, constitution day (May 17th), and other ceremonial occasions. Televerket was the name of the Swedish and Norwegian government agencies for telecommunications. ... Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) - the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation - is the Norwegian state-owned radio and television public broadcasting company. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... MS Midnatsol Hurtigruten is the name of a Norwegian coastal transport service which is over a hundred years old. ... County Hordaland District Midhordland Municipality NO-1201 Administrative centre Bergen Mayor (2004) Herman Friele (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 215 465 km² 445 km² 0. ... Kirkenes, Norway and Petsamo, Russia Orthographic projection over Kirkenes Norway Kirkenes is the centre of the municipality of Sør-Varanger in Finnmark county, Norway. ... The Norwegian railway system comprises 4,058 km of standard gauge (1. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... Mens bunad from Nord Gudbrandsdalen and womens bunad from Oppdal A bunad is a traditional Norwegian costume, typically of rural origin. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


List of traditional districts

The following list is non-exhaustive and partially overlapping.


The first name is the name in Bokmål, the second Nynorsk. BokmÃ¥l (lit. ... Nynorsk (literally New Norwegian) is one of the two officially sanctioned orthographic standards of the Norwegian language, the other being BokmÃ¥l. ...


Nord-Norge / Nord-Noreg (North Norway)

See also Finnmark, Hålogaland and Troms. Nord-Norge (Norwegian for Northern Norway) is the name of the geographical region of northern Norway, consisting of the three counties Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. ... Nord-Norge or Nord-Noreg (Norwegian for North Norway) is the geographical region of northern Norway, consisting of the three counties Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. ... Helgeland is a landscape in Northern Norway. ... Reine, Lofoten, seen from top of Reinebringen (June, 2003). ... Ofoten is a landscape in Northern Norway, consisting of the municipalities Ballangen, Evenes, Tjeldsund and Narvik. ... Salten is a landscape in Northern Norway, consisting of the municipalities Meløy, Gildeskål, Bodø, Beiarn, Saltdal, Fauske, Sørfold, Steigen and Hamarøy. ... Location of VesterÃ¥len VesterÃ¥len is a district in the county Nordland in Norway, just north of Lofoten. ... County NO-20 Region Nord-Norge Administrative centre Vadsø County mayor   Area  - Total  - Percentage Ranked 1 48,618 km² 15. ... Tromsø, by Peder Balke, 1804–1887. ... County NO-19 Region Nord-Norge Administrative centre Tromsø County mayor   Area  - Total  - Percentage Ranked 4 25,877 km² 8. ...


Sørlandet (Southlands)

Sørlandet is the geographical region (landsdel) of the Skagerrak coast of southern Norway. ... Agder is a historical district of Norway in the southernmost region of Norway, corresponding to the two counties (fylker) Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder. ... Åraksbø in Setesdalen, Norway. ...

Trøndelag

Trøndelag is the name of a geographical region in the middle of Norway, consisting of the two counties Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag. ... Fosen is a peninsula and a traditional district in Sør-Trøndelag in central Norway. ... The Fosna culture was a mostly coastal stone age culture of hunter-gatherers that existed in mid-western Norway from around 8000 BC. The culture is named after the old name of the small city Kristiansund, where one of the major sites was discovered in 1909 (near Kvernberget mountain). ... The Gauldal is a traditional district and valley in the central part of Norway, consisting of the municipalities of Midtre Gauldal and Rennebu (county of Sør-Trøndelag, Norway). ... Innherred (also spelled Innherad) is a traditional district in the central part of Norway, consisting of the municipalities of Levanger, Frosta, Steinkjer, Verdal, Inderøy, Mosvik and Verran. ... Innherred is a landscape in the centre part of Norway, consisting of the municipalities Levanger, Steinkjer, Verdal, Inderøy and Verran. ... Bangsund near Namsos Namdalen is a traditional district in the central part of Norway, consisting of the municipalities Namsos, Grong, Overhalla, Røyrvik, Fosnes, Nærøy, Høylandet, Namdalseid, Flatanger, Leka, Namsskogan and Vikna, all in Nord-Trøndelag county, and in addition Bindal, which lies in Nordland. ... Orkdalen is a landscape in the county of Sør-Trøndelag in Trøndelag, consisting of the municipalities of Agdenes, Hemne, Meldal, Orkdal, Skaun, and Snillfjord. ... Stjørdalen is a landscape in Trøndelag region of Norway, consisting of the municipalities Stjørdal and MerÃ¥ker. ...

Vestlandet (Westlands)

Vestlandet is the region along the Atlantic coast of southern Norway. ... Dalane is a traditional district in the south-western part of Norway, consisting of the municipalities Lund, Sokndal, Eigersund and Bjerkreim. ... From Hardanger, a painting by Hans Gude, 1847 Hardanger is a traditional district in the western part of Norway, dominated by the Hardangerfjord. ... Haugaland is a landscape in the south-western part of Norway, consisting of the municipalities Haugesund, Karmøy, Sveio, Tysvær, Bokn, Vindafjord, Ølen and Etne. ... Sculpture in stone of Arne Garborg, located at his home in Knudaheio Jæren is a coastal landscape stretching some 65 kilometers in the south-western part of Norway. ... Midhordland is a landscape in the western part of Norway, consisting of the mid regions of the county Hordaland. ... Nordfjord is a fjord and a traditional district in the county of Sogn og Fjordane in Western Norway. ... Nordhordland is a landscape in the western part of Norway, consisting of the northern regions of the county Hordaland. ... Nordmøre (lit. ... Romsdal is the name of a valley and traditional district in the Norwegian county Møre og Romsdal. ... Ryfylke is a sheltered fjord landscape in Norway, located north of Stavanger and east of Haugesund. ... Sogn is a landscape in the western part of Norway, surrounding Sognefjorden. ... Sunnfjord is a landscape in Norway located in the county of Sogn og Fjordane. ... Sunnhordland is a landscape in the western part of Norway, consisting of the southern, coastal regions of the county Hordaland, from the mouth of the Hardangerfjord and outwards to the Atlantic Ocean. ... Sunnmøre (South-Møre in Norwegian) is the southernmost traditional district of the western Norwegian county of Møre og Romsdal. ... County District Municipality NO-1235 Administrative centre Vossevangen Mayor (2003) Bjørn Christensen (Ap) Official language form Nynorsk Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 38 1,806 km² 1,732 km² 0. ...

Østlandet / Austlandet (Eastlands)

See also Glåmdal, Viken and Vingulmark. Østlandet Østlandet or Austlandet is the geographical region of the south-eastern part of Norway. ... Østlandet Østlandet (BokmÃ¥l) or Austlandet (Nynorsk) is the geographical region of the south-eastern part of Norway. ... Eiker is a landscape in the county of Buskerud, Norway, consisting of the municipalities Nedre Eiker (Lower) and Øvre Eiker (Upper). ... Follo is one of three regions in the County of Akershus. ... Grenland district, Telemark, Norway. ... Gudbrandsdalen is a valley and traditional district in the Norwegian fylke (county) of Oppland. ... View over Jarenvatnet, a small lake in Gran municipality. ... Hallingdal is a valley and landscape in central, southern Norway, consisting of the municipalities Flå, Nes, Gol, Hemsedal, Ål and Hol. ... [[Image:View-of-Hedemarken-from-Van. ... Land is a district in Oppland, Norway consisting of the municipalities Nordre Land and Søndre Land. ... The Midt-Telemark Region of Norway The Midt-Telemark Region is situated in the heart of the Norwegian county of Telemark. ... Numedal is the Westernmost valley in South-Eastern Norway. ... Odal is a traditional district in the county of Hedmark in eastern Norway. ... County Buskerud District Ringerike Municipality NO-0605 Administrative centre Hønefoss Mayor (2003) Kolbjørn Kværum (Ap) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 47 1,552 km² 1,423 km² 0. ... Romerike is a landscape, and traditionally a province, in what is today south-eastern Norway (north-east of Oslo). ... Solør is a Norwegian landscape consisting of the Glomma valley between Elverum in the north and Kongsvinger in the south. ... Toten is a landscape in the eastern part of Norway, consisting of the municipalities Østre Toten and Vestre Toten. ... View over Begnadalen from Lærskogen, with the large woodland ranging all over to Randsfjorden on the left and Hedalsfjella in the right background Valdres is a landscape in central, southern Norway, situated between Gudbrandsdal and Hallingdal. ... County NO-07 Region Østlandet Administrative centre Tønsberg County mayor   Area  - Total  - Percentage Ranked 18 2,224 km² 0. ... The Vest-Telemark region of Norway The Vest-Telemark Region of Norway comprises the upper and western areas of the county of Telemark. ... Vinger is a traditional district and a former municipality in Hedmark, Norway. ... Østerdalen is a valley and landscape in the eastern part of Norway, consisting of the municipalities Rendalen, Alvdal, Folldal, Tynset, Tolga and Os in the north, Elverum, Engerdal, Stor-Elvdal, Trysil and Ã…mot in the south. ... Østfold is a county in southeastern Norway, bordering Akershus and southwestern Sweden (Västra Götaland County and Värmland), while Vestfold is on the other side of the bay. ... Øst-Telemark is a region in the county of Telemark in Norway. ... GlÃ¥mdal is a district of Hedmark County in eastern Norway. ... Viken (literally the bay) is a landscape defined by Oslofjord in southeastern Norway which terminates at Terra Scania on the coast of West Sweden. ... Vingulmark was the name of a Viking Age petty kingdom around Oslofjorden. ...


See also

This is a list of lists of unofficial regions by country: List of regions of Australia List of regions of Canada List of regions in India List of regions in Japan List of regions of the United States and historic regions of the United States List of traditional regions of... A geopolitical map of Norway, exhibiting its 19 first-order subnational divisions (fylker or counties) with Svalbard and Jan Mayen. ... Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties (fylker, singular - fylke, Nynorsk: singular and plural fylke; until 1918 known as singular and plural- amt), and 433 municipalities (kommuner - Nynorsk: kommunar). ... There are 16 metropolitan regions (Byregioner, City Regions) in Norway. ... Norden has some similiar named subnational entities whilst the translations into english partially differ. ... Administrative division of Denmark in Medieval times. ...

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