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About this soundLørenskog  is a municipality in Akershus county, Norway. A suburb of Oslo, it is part of the Oslo urban area and the traditional region of Romerike. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lørenskog. Lørenskog was separated from the municipality of Skedsmo on 1 January 1908.

Lørenskog kommune
Coat of arms of Lørenskog kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Lørenskog kommune
Akershus within
Norway
Lørenskog within Akershus
Lørenskog within Akershus
Coordinates: 59°53′56″N 10°57′51″E / 59.89889°N 10.96417°E / 59.89889; 10.96417Coordinates: 59°53′56″N 10°57′51″E / 59.89889°N 10.96417°E / 59.89889; 10.96417
CountryNorway
CountyAkershus
DistrictRomerike
Administrative centreKjenn
Government
 • Mayor (2015)Ragnhild Bergheim (Ap)
Area
 • Total71 km2 (27 sq mi)
 • Land67 km2 (26 sq mi)
Area rank405 in Norway
Population
 (2017)
 • Total37,406
 • Rank22 in Norway
 • Density527/km2 (1,360/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
16.1%
Demonym(s)Lørenskoging
Lørnskæving [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0230
Official language formBokmål [2]
Websitewww.lorenskog.kommune.no

General informationEdit

NameEdit

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old (and no longer existent) Leirheimr farm. The first element is leirr which means "clay" and the last element is heimr which means "homestead" or "farm". Thus: "the farm built on clay ground". The suffix skógr (meaning "wood") was added later, changing the meaning to "the woodlands around the farm Leirheimr". Prior to 1918, the name was spelled "Lørenskogen".

HeraldryEdit

Lørenskog's arms date from modern times. Granted on 26 July 1957, they show a red waterwheel on a gold background. Water-driven sawmills were once an important part of the municipality's economy.[3]

 
Lørenskog Church

Lørenskog ChurchEdit

Lørenskog Church (Lørenskog kirke) is a medieval era church. The building material was brick and quarried limestone. The church dates to ca. 1150. The church is of rectangular plan and has 140 seats. In 1608 the church received a pulpit. The west tower was made of wood and was erected in 1864. In the tower hangs two church bells, the larger made in 1874. Its walls are one meter thick, and the stones are held together with lime mortar. The exterior and interior plaster was repaired during the 1600s and 1700s. In 1956 old plaster was removed and walls re-plastered and painted. The current outward opening door was inserted in 1946. [4][5]

MinoritiesEdit

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Lørenskog by country of origin in 2017[6]
Ancestry Number
  Pakistan 1,359
  Poland 913
  Vietnam 753
  Sri Lanka 744
  Iran 535
  Turkey 390
  Lithuania 362
  Sweden 355
  India 322
  Afghanistan 307
  Iraq 282
  Philippines 255

GeographyEdit

The municipality is located just east of the capital, Oslo, with many main roads going through it. Almost all the inhabitants live in the northern part of Lørenskog. The southern parts consist of forest, while farms and grain fields occupy the space in between. An important train station, Lørenskog Station, is situated in the district. Within Lørenskog, Losby is known for its waterwheel, which is represented in the municipal coat-of-arms of Lørenskog. Losby Golf and Country Club is located within the municipality.

VillageEdit

From 2006-2008, workers renovated the village of Lørenskog (the administrative center of the municipality), also called the "Metro Senter". This renovation includes a considerably larger shopping mall, a bus terminal with buses going in and out of Oslo every 15 minutes, possibly a future subway station, and the new Mailand Upper Secondary School.

EducationEdit

There are seven public elementary schools and four public high schools located in Kjenn, Hammer, Løkenåsen and Fjellsrud. In addition there are two Upper Secondary Schools, namely Lørenskog Upper Secondary School and Mailand Upper Secondary School.

Notable residentsEdit

Sister citiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Lørenskog kommune. Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  4. ^ "Lørenskog kirke". Lørenskog kommune. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Lørenskog kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  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. ^ "Norwegische Gemeinde Lørenskog bei Oslo" (in German). Stadt Garching bei München. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  8. ^ "Ystävyyskuntatoiminta" (in Finnish). Järvenpää city. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  9. ^ "Venskabsbyer" (in Danish). Rødovre kommune. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  10. ^ "Täbys vänorter" (in Swedish). Täby kommun. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-20.

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