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.
City Hall in Lierbyen
Lier within Buskerud
|• Mayor (2011)||Helene Justad (H)|
|• Total||301 km2 (116 sq mi)|
|• Land||281 km2 (108 sq mi)|
|Area rank||277 in Norway|
|• Rank||40 in Norway|
|• Density||77/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||9.8%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0626|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
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.
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.
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.
- Sæbjørn Buttedahl, actor and sculptor
- Bjørn Eidsvåg, artist and preacher, born in Sauda
- Karin Fossum, author, living in Sylling/Lier
- Thorleif Haug (1894–1934), skier/ski jumper
- Hans Christian Heg, American Civil War officer
- Thorbjørn Jagland, politician, former prime minister,currently Secretary General of the Council of Europe
- Martin Kolberg, secretary of The Norwegian Labour Party
- Gert Nygårdshaug, author
- Sten Stensen, speed skater
- Hallvard Vebjørnsson or St. Hallvard, Oslo's patron saint, was born in Lier
- Ole Ivar Lovaas, pioneering behaviorist, was born in Lier.
- 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
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