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Holmestrand (help·info) is a town and municipality in Vestfold in Vestfold og Telemark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Holmestrand. The town was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The neighboring rural municipality of Botne was merged into the municipality of Holmestrand on 1 January 1964. Sande municipality merged into Holmestrand on January 1, 2020. The municipality of Hof was merged into Holmestrand on January 1, 2018.
Holmestrand within Vestfold og Telemark
|County||Vestfold og Telemark|
|• Mayor (2020)||Elin Gran Weggesrud (AP)|
|• Total||432.36 km2 (166.94 sq mi)|
|• Land||411.82 km2 (159.00 sq mi)|
|• Density||59.98/km2 (155.3/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||3.1%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-3802|
|Official language form||Neutral|
The town lies by the Oslofjord and is built beside the water. It was granted municipal status in 1752, but had been a harbour for exporting of timber/lumber since around 1550. The municipality has developed inland in recent years, after the inclusion of Botne. It borders the Oslo Fjord in the east, Tønsberg in the south, and it shares a short border with Larvik in the south-west. It is bordered by Viken in the west and north.
The coat-of-arms is relatively modern, granted on 14 November 1898. The arms show a silver eagle holding a gold anchor in its left claw and a gold Rod of Asclepius in its right claw all on a red background. The eagle in the arms is derived from the arms of the merchant Johan Heinrich Tordenskiold, who, in 1819, donated all his fortune to build a school in Holmestrand. The eagle also gave its name to the main ship of the merchant, which is shown on the breast-shield, the White Eagle. The anchor symbolises the importance of Holmestrand as a harbour town. The snake on the Rod of Asclepius is the symbol of medicine and symbolises the former health spa in Holmestrand that existed in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Ethnic and foreign minorityEdit
The European route E18 through Vestfold goes to the west around downtown Holmestrand and secondary roads connect the city to this highway.
- Hans Hein Nysom (1767–1831) a Norwegian priest and politician
- Gullik Madsen Røed (1786 in Holmestrand – 1857) soldier and farmer, rep. at Norwegian Constitutional Assembly
- Wincentz Thurmann Ihlen (1826 in Holmestarnd – 1892) an engineer and industrialist
- Morten Müller (1828 at Christianiafjord – 1911) a Norwegian landscape painter
- Jacob Thurmann Ihlen (1833 in Holmestarand – 1903) a barrister and politician
- Harriet Backer (1845 in Holmestrand – 1932) painter of detailed interior scenes
- Agathe Backer Grøndahl (1847 in Holmestrand – 1907) a pianist, music teacher and composer
- Nils Kjær (1870 in Holmestrand – 1924) a playwright, short story writer and theatre critic
- Signe Heide Steen (1881 in Holmestarnd – 1959) a Norwegian actress
- Øivind Lorentzen (1882 in Holmestrand – 1980) a Norwegian shipping magnate
- Ragnhild Sundby (1922 in Hof – 2006) a Norwegian zoologist who specialized in entomology
- Odd Børretzen (1926–2012) author, illustrator, folk singer and artist; lived in Holmestrand
- brothers Ulf Lövaas (born 1947) & Dag Lovaas (born 1953) former motorcycle speedway riders
- Johannes Eick (born 1964 in Eidsfoss) a Norwegian double bass and electric bass guitar player
- Christine Sagen Helgø (born 1968 in Holmestrand) Mayor of Stavanger from 2011 to 2019
- Runhild Gammelsæter (born 1976 in Holmestrand) singer and professional biologist
Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit
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- Lokalpolitikerne visste ingenting om regjeringens Langøya-utredning
- IMDb Database retrieved 05 February 2021
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