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Mjøndalsbrua over Drammenselva connecting Mjøndalen and Krokstadelva

Mjøndalen is the administrative centre of Nedre Eiker municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is situated south of the Drammenselva River opposite of Krokstadelva.[2]

Mjøndalen
Populationca. 8,000

HistoryEdit

Mjøndalen has traditionally been a railway site most known as an industrial sawmill location. Historically Mjøndalen was known for its industry; including paper & pulp production and a substantial cellulose industry. The production of wood products and furniture are also traditional commercial activities. All the paper mills closed in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Sports and mediaEdit

Mjøndalen has a friendly sports rivalry with the neighbouring communities of Solbergelva and Krokstadelva. The rivalry is mostly in sports such as soccer and bandy and cross-country skiing. In bandy, Mjøndalen IF have become Norwegian champions several times.[3] The newspaper Eikerbladet is published in Mjøndalen.

 
Mjøndalen Church

Mjøndalen ChurchEdit

Mjøndalen Church (Mjøndalen Kirke) was opened in 1983. It was built after drawings by architect Elisabeth Breen Fidjestøl. The building was constructed of brick and wood and has 380 seats. The building consists of the church sanctuary and adjacent church hall, offices, chapel and youth department and group rooms. It is part of the Church of Norway and belongs to Eiker Prosti in the Diocese of Tunsberg.[4]

PortåsenEdit

 
Portåsen - childhood home of poet Herman Wildenvey

Portåsen is a museum honouring the life and writing of Herman Wildenvey, a prominent Norwegian poet. Herman Wildenvey lived the first three years of his life in Mjøndalen. At three years of age, he was moved to the Portåsen farm on the edge of the forest above the village.[5]

Today Portåsen, Wildenveys rike is a cultural centre, meeting place and venue for local, regional and national artists. The site includes a newly renovated farmhouse and farm buildings. Stiftelsen Portåsen is the organization which works on the development of Portåsen and which operates in affiliation with Buskerud Museum (Buskerudmuseet), a foundation for the preservation of cultural heritage within Buskerud.[6][7]

Notable residentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://no.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mjøndalen
  2. ^ A Brief History (Nedre Eiker kommune) Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Eliteserien 2005/2006". Norges Bandyforbund. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  4. ^ "Mjøndalen kirke". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Portåsen, Wildenveys rike". Innovation Norway. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Herman Wildenvey (Stiftelsen Portåsen)
  7. ^ Anne-Sofie Hjemdahl. "Buskerudmuseet". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2017.

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