Nittedal is a municipality and city in Akershus in Viken county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Romerike. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Rotnes.

Nittedal kommune
Nittedal sentrum.JPG
Coat of arms of Nittedal kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nittedal kommune
Viken within
Nittedal within Viken
Nittedal within Viken
Coordinates: 60°4′23″N 10°52′20″E / 60.07306°N 10.87222°E / 60.07306; 10.87222Coordinates: 60°4′23″N 10°52′20″E / 60.07306°N 10.87222°E / 60.07306; 10.87222
Administrative centreRotnes
 • Mayor (2011)Hilde Thorkildsen (Ap)
 • Total186 km2 (72 sq mi)
 • Land179 km2 (69 sq mi)
Area rank338 in Norway
 (2006 Q2)
 • Total19,722
 • Rank47 in Norway
 • Density108/km2 (280/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Nittedøl or
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3031
Official language formBokmål[2]

The parish of Nitedal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).


The name (Old Norse: Nitjudalr) is an old district name. The first element is the genitive case of the river name Nitja (now Nitelva) and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The meaning of the river name is unknown. Prior to 1918, the name was written "Nittedalen".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 23 January 1987. The arms show the two silver lines running in a bend sinister direction on a green background. They represent the main transportation lines that run through the municipality from Oslo to other parts of the country: the main highway and the railroad, they also can represent skiing tracks, an old winter transportation method. At the same time the two lines symbolize matches, as one of Norway's oldest match factories was founded in Nittedal. The lines also symbolize tree logs, as forestry is of great importance for the local economy.[3][4]


Nittedal town hall.

Nittedal lies directly northeast of Oslo and serves as a suburb to the capital. It is located on both sides of the Nitelva river. The southernmost population centre is Hagan. Further north lie the centres of Slattum, Rotnes, Åneby, Grønvoll, Varingskollen, and Hakadal.


In 1902 the construction of the Gjøvik Line reached the west side of Nittedal, from Oslo and thru the forest.[5]


Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Nittedal by country of origin in 2017[6]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 462
  Sri Lanka 329
  Pakistan 303
  Sweden 241
  Vietnam 197
  Lithuania 178
  Denmark 139
  Germany 103
  India 103
  Philippines 94


Mayor Hilde Thorkildsen has been on sick leave since February 2020[7] and is still on sick leave as of December 2020; in July 2020 media said that she is being charged with corruption; in December media said that she is currently indicted on corruption charges.[8]

Sister citiesEdit

The following cities are twinned with Nittedal:[9]

Notable peopleEdit

Jarle Bernhoft, 2011

This list includes people who were born or have resided in Nittedal:

Hanne Staff, 2010



  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  4. ^ "Nittedals kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Nittedal kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-20.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Etter at Gjøvikbanen i 1902 var ført fra Oslo over skogen til vestsiden av Nittedal, vokste det her opp villabebyggelser, særlig ved Nittedal stasjon."
  6. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Retrieved 25 June 2017.
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  9. ^ "Lenker" (in Norwegian). Nittedal kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-20.[permanent dead link]

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