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Lier is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lierbyen. The municipality of Lier was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area Åssiden was transferred from Lier to the neighboring municipality of Drammen on 1 July 1951.

Lier kommune
City Hall in Lierbyen
City Hall in Lierbyen
Coat of arms of Lier kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Lier kommune
Buskerud within
Norway
Lier within Buskerud
Lier within Buskerud
Coordinates: 59°47′38″N 10°15′58″E / 59.7937863°N 10.2660000°E / 59.7937863; 10.2660000Coordinates: 59°47′38″N 10°15′58″E / 59.7937863°N 10.2660000°E / 59.7937863; 10.2660000
CountryNorway
CountyBuskerud
DistrictLower Buskerud
Administrative centreLierbyen
Government
 • Mayor (2011)Helene Justad (H)
Area
 • Total301 km2 (116 sq mi)
 • Land281 km2 (108 sq mi)
Area rank277 in Norway
Population
 (24971)
 • Total21,594
 • Rank40 in Norway
 • Density77/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
9.8%
Demonym(s)Liung[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0626
Official language formBokmål
Websitewww.lier.kommune.no

Norway's longest indoor shopping center, Liertoppen, is located in Lierskogen. The newspaper Lierposten is published in Lier.[2]

General informationEdit

NameEdit

The Old Norse form of the name was Líðir. The name is the plural form of líð which means "hillside".

Coat-of-armsEdit

The coat-of-arms is from modern times and was designed by Hallvard Trætteberg. They were granted on 14 August 1970. The arms show five silver-colored apple blossoms on a red background. The area is well known for the production of various types of fruit, berries, vegetables, and flowers, so this was chosen as a symbol of the area's lush scenery and agriculture.[3][4]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Lier by country of origin in 2017[5]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 1,199
  Lithuania 343
  Somalia 310
  India 301
  Pakistan 245
  Iraq 197
  Vietnam 186
  Germany 166
  Sweden 162
  Kosovo 153

GeographyEdit

Lier borders to the municipalities of Asker and Bærum (in Akershus county) and Drammen, Modum, Nedre Eiker, Røyken and Hole (in Buskerud county). It includes the villages of Lierbyen, Sylling, Sjåstad, Nøste, Gullaug, Lierskogen, and Tranby.

Lier is thought of as a "green lung" for Norway's capital, Oslo, with its vast number of fields and apple trees. It is also famous for its agricultural products as strawberries and vegetables.

The Gilhusodden Nature Preserve is home of many different bird species. The area is also used for recreation, especially swimming and sunbathing, with its long, shallow beach.

Notable residentsEdit

AttractionsEdit

 
Frogner Kirke
 
Frogner parsonage
  • Bygdeborgen – village stronghold from the Middle Ages on Fosskollen
  • Frogner Kirke – romanesque parish church built in 1650
  • Gilhusodden – Nature Preserve
  • Gjellebekk skanse – defence bulwark during the Great Northern War which prevented a Swedish invasion of Norway in 1716
  • Lier Bygdetun – Rural Museum including a 40-acre (160,000 m2) farm
  • Hans Christian Heg statue - at Haugestad in the community of Lierbyen
  • St. Hallvard's minne – memorial of St. Hallvard, patron saint of Oslo
  • Sylling cemetery – Ten British RAF Airmen are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Plot

Sister citiesEdit

The following cities are twinned with Lier:[6]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon: Lierposten.
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Liers kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Lier kommune. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Lier kommune. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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