Open main menu

Nore og Uvdal is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Numedal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Rødberg.

Nore og Uvdal kommune
Rødberg Nore.jpg
Coat of arms of Nore og Uvdal kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nore og Uvdal kommune
Buskerud within
Nore og Uvdal within Buskerud
Nore og Uvdal within Buskerud
Coordinates: 60°18′26″N 8°48′20″E / 60.30722°N 8.80556°E / 60.30722; 8.80556Coordinates: 60°18′26″N 8°48′20″E / 60.30722°N 8.80556°E / 60.30722; 8.80556
Administrative centreRødberg
 • Mayor (2011)Eli Hovd Prestegården (Sp)
 • Total2,501 km2 (966 sq mi)
 • Land2,274 km2 (878 sq mi)
Area rank19 in Norway
 • Total2,695
 • Rank289 in Norway
 • Density1/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Uvdøl [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0633
Official language formNeutral [2]

The area of Nore was separated from the municipality of Rollag in 1858. The municipality of Nore was divided into two municipalities on 1 January 1901: Nore and Uvdal. These two municipalities were merged back together on 1 January 1962, and the new municipality was called Nore og Uvdal.

General informationEdit


The municipalities of Nore and Uvdal were joined together in 1962 into Nore og Uvdal.

The Old Norse form of Nore was Nórar. The name is the plural form of nór which means "narrow sound or strait". The name originally belonged to the vicarage (and church site) at Norefjorden.

The Old Norse form of Uvdal was Uppdalr. The first element is upp meaning "upper" or "high" and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The name originally belonged to the vicarage and old church site. Prior to 1933, the name was spelled "Opdal".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. It was granted on 26 March 1982. The arms are divided diagonally with the colors green on yellow above the line and yellow on green below. The economy of the municipality is based on agriculture and forestry. Hence the upper half of the arms shows a barn for the storage of grains and the lower half a watermill wheel which was used to saw trees.[3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Nore og Uvdal by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 33
  Latvia 26
  Lithuania 22
  Eritrea 21
  Somalia 21



The municipal centre is the village of Rødberg. Nore and Uvdal are the two other villages in the municipality.

Nore og Uvdal is bordered in the north by the municipalities of Hol, Ål, and Nes; in the east by Flå and Sigdal; in the south by Rollag, Tinn, and Vinje (the latter two in Telemark county); and in the west by Eidfjord (in Hordaland county).

The municipality is located at the top of the valley and traditional district of Numedal, with a widely spread area of 2,505 square kilometres (967 sq mi). The municipality’s highest point is the Borgsjåbrot mountain at 1,485 metres (4,872 ft). It is located on the border with Tinn municipality in Telemark county. A large part of the Hardangervidda lies within the municipality's borders.

Lakes in the municipality include Geitsjøen and Hettefjorden.

Langedrag Naturpark


  • Langedrag Naturpark (Langedrag Nature Park) - a resort in the mountain focusing on ecology and animals[5]
  • Uvdal Skisenter - alpine resort located in Uvdal
  • Uvdal Alpinpark - alpine resort located in Uvdal, on the other side of the valley
  • Nore Stave Church - built around 1166 - 1200
  • Uvdal Stave Church - originally constructed just after the year 1168[6]

Sister citiesEdit



  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 2009-01-10.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Langedrag Naturpark". Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Official dating" (in Norwegian). Riksantikvaren (Directorate of Cultural Heritage in Norway). Archived from the original on 2005-04-28.
  7. ^ "Linkkejä" (in Finnish). Juupajoki. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  8. ^ "Vänorter" (in Swedish). Surahammar kommun. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  9. ^ "Linkliste" (in German). Stadt Wahlstedt. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  10. ^ "Skjønne kirke". Nore, Uvdal og Tunhovd menigheter. Retrieved December 1, 2017.

External linksEdit