Modum is a municipality in Viken county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Vikersund. The municipality of Modum was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).
Modum within Viken
|• Mayor (2013)||Terje Bråthen (Ap)|
|• Total||515 km2 (199 sq mi)|
|• Land||463 km2 (179 sq mi)|
|Area rank||204 in Norway|
|• Rank||87 in Norway|
|• Density||27/km2 (70/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||3.2%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-3047|
|Official language form||Bokmål |
The area has a long tradition of skiing with several famous skiers. Modum is home to one of the largest ski jumping hills in the world, Vikersundbakken which is situated in Vikersund. The hill record, established in 2011 is a jump of 246.5 metres (809 ft).
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Modum farm (Old Norse: Móðheimr), since the first church was built here. The first element is móða which means "river" (here the Drammenselva river) and the last element is heimr which means "home", "homestead", or "farm". The name of the farm was later changed to Buskerud.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 15 March 1985. The arms show three wavy silver lines “party per bend sinister” on a blue background. They represent the three main rivers in the municipality: Drammenselva, Snarumselva, and Simoa and the colour blue represents Blaafarveværket.
Åmot is the starting point of Kunstnerdalen, which was frequently visited by of several Norwegian 19th and 19th century painters: Christian Krohg, Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude. It also was home to Theodor Kittelsen and Christian Skredsvig. Edvard Munch also painted in Modum. This is also the site of Blaafarveværket whichnow includes a museum and art gallery.
Geithus is the location of two hydroelectric powerplants; Geithusfoss kraftverk and Gravfoss kraftverk.
- Ole Einar Bjørndalen (born 1974), ski biathlete
- Andreas Edvard Disen (1845–1923), landscape painter
- Ole Gunnar Fidjestøl (born 1960), ski jumper
- Arild Formoe (1912–2006), accordion player and orchestra conductor
- Hans Andersen Foss (1851–1929), Norwegian-American author and newspaper editor
- Maurits Hansen (1774–1843), author
- Charles E. Hanson (1855–1932), member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Nils P. Haugen (1849–1931), member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin
- Christopher Hornsrud (1859–1960), Norwegian Prime Minister from January to February 1928
- Thure Erik Lund (born 1959), author
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