Jevnaker

Jevnaker is a municipality in Viken county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Jevnaker with a population of 4,302.

Jevnaker kommune
Storgata Jevnaker.jpg
Coat of arms of Jevnaker kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Jevnaker kommune
Viken within
Norway
Jevnaker within Viken
Jevnaker within Viken
Coordinates: 60°16′16″N 10°24′7″E / 60.27111°N 10.40194°E / 60.27111; 10.40194Coordinates: 60°16′16″N 10°24′7″E / 60.27111°N 10.40194°E / 60.27111; 10.40194
CountryNorway
CountyViken
DistrictHadeland
Administrative centreJevnaker
Government
 • Mayor (2003)Hilde Brørby Fivelsdal (Ap)
Area
 • Total224 km2 (86 sq mi)
 • Land195 km2 (75 sq mi)
Area rank317 in Norway
Population
 (2006)
 • Total6,312
 • Rank159 in Norway
 • Density33/km2 (90/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
8.0%
Demonym(s)Jevnakersokning[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3053
Official language formBokmål[2]
Websitewww.jevnaker.kommune.no

The parish of Jævnaker was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area of Lunner was separated from the municipality of Jevnaker on 1 January 1898 to form a municipality of its own. From 1 January 2020 the municipality belongs to Viken county, it was Oppland before that.

The municipality is (together with Gran and Lunner) a part of the Hadeland traditional region. The Hadeland region has a population of about 30,000. The region spreads over a large area including several villages and towns.

Name and coat-of-armsEdit

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Jevnaker farm (Old Norse: Jafnakr), since the first church was built here. The first element is jafn which means "even" or "flat" and the last element is akr which means "field" or "acre". Prior to 1889, the name was written "Jævnaker". [3]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 24 June 1983. The arms show three silver-colored glasses, since glassblowing has been a long tradition and industry in the municipality (see Hadeland Glassverk). The red colour of the background was also chosen as the colour of the glass when hot.[4][5]

GeographyEdit

 
View from Svarttjernshøgda mountain

Jevnaker is situated at the southern end of the Randsfjorden. The municipality is bordered to the north by the municipality of Gran, to the east by Lunner, and to the southwest by Ringerike (in Buskerud county).

Jevnaker municipality has an area of 224 square kilometres (86 sq mi), measuring 25.5 kilometres (15.8 mi) on a north–south axis and 21 kilometres (13.0 mi) on an east–west axis. The municipality lies in the extreme south of Oppland county.

The highest point is Svarttjernshøgda with a height of 717 metres (2,352 ft).

EconomyEdit

Jevnaker is home to Hadeland Glassverk, an old glassblowing factory with over 600,000 visitors each year, ranking it as the third most popular tourist destination in Norway.

The Kistefos Træsliberi, an industrial museum with a very impressive Art collection, is also located in Jevnaker

 
Hadeland Glassverk Panorama

DemographicsEdit

In 2015, 96 inhabitants had Polish parents and/or were Polish (themselves); 66 had Lithuanian parents and/or were Lithuanian.[6]

Ancestry Number
  Poland 96
  Lithuania 66
  Germany 41[7]
  Russia 35
  Denmark 32
  Bosnia-Herzegovina 30
  Sweden 27

Notable peopleEdit

  • Ulrik Frederik Lange (1808 in Jevnaker – 1878) educator and Mayor of Lillehammer, 1850's & 60's
  • Carl M. Rynning-Tønnesen (1924 in Jevnaker – 2013) police chief of Kristiansand 1979 to 1992
  • Kjell Knudsen (born 1931 in Jevnaker) civil servant and county mayor of Akershus, 1969 to 1975
  • Tor Bomann-Larsen (born 1951 in Jevnaker) a children's writer, non-fiction writer and novelist
  • Jonas Rønning (born 1970 in Jevnaker) a Norwegian comedian, actor and cabaret artist [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (Anden halvdel) (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 118.
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  5. ^ "Kortfattet informasjon" (in Norwegian). Jevnaker kommune. Archived from the original on 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  6. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  8. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 20 February 2021

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