Oppland [²ɔplɑn] (listen) was a county in Norway until January 1. 2020 with borders to the counties Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Akershus, Oslo and Hedmark. The county administration was in Lillehammer.
Oppland within Norway
|• Governor||Christl Kvam |
|• County mayor||Even Aleksander Hagen |
|• Total||25,192 km2 (9,727 sq mi)|
|• Land||23,787 km2 (9,184 sq mi)|
|Area rank||#5 in Norway, 7.82% of Norway's land area|
|• Rank||12 (4.01% of country)|
|• Density||8/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||0.2 %|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02 (CEST)|
|Official language form||Neutral|
|Income (per capita)||133,600 NOK|
|GDP (per capita)||193,130 NOK (2001)|
|GDP national rank||13 (2.32% of country)|
|Source: Statistics Norway.|
Oppland was, together with Hedmark, one of the only two landlocked counties of Norway. From January 1. 2020 Oppland and Hedmark counties was merged together to become the greater region / county Innlandet.
Innlandet was one of several names proposed for the new administrative region consisting of Hedmark and Oppland. The two counties are slated to be re-merged after having been split in 1781 (then called Hedemarkens amt and Kristians amt, respectively). Historically, the region was commonly known as "Opplandene".
Oppland extends from the lakes Mjøsa and Randsfjorden to the mountains Dovrefjell, Jotunheimen and Rondane. The county is conventionally divided into traditional districts. These are the Gudbrandsdalen, Valdres, Toten, Hadeland and Land.
Oppland includes the towns Lillehammer, Gjøvik, Otta, and Fagernes, and Norway's two highest mountains, Glittertind and Galdhøpiggen, Valdres and the Gudbrand Valley being popular attractions. The Gudbrand Valley surrounds the river Gudbrandsdalslågen, and includes the udes the area extending from Jotunheimen down to Bagn at Begna River. It is a well known place for skiing and winter sports. The main population centres in this area are Beitostølen and Fagernes. Eight of the ten highest mountains in Norway are located in the western part of Oppland.
In 1757 the inner parts of the great Akershus amt were separated, and given the name Oplandenes Amt. This was divided in 1781 into Christians Amt (named after the king Christian VII) and Hedemarkens Amt. The name/form was changed to Kristians Amt in 1877 (after an official spelling reform that changed ch to k - see also Kristiania, Kristiansand and Kristiansund). In 1919 the name Kristians Amt was changed (back) to Opland fylke, and the form Oppland was settled in 1950.
Coat of armsEdit
The coat of arms were granted in 1989, and it shows two Pulsatilla vernalis.
Oppland County (Christians Amt) has a total of 26 municipalities:
|Number of minorities (1st and 2nd gen.)|
in Oppland by country of origin in 2017
- Brandbu (Nes)
- Follebu (Folleboe)
- Fåvang (Fodevang)
- Kvikne (Quiekne)
- Lesja (Læssø)
- Lomen (Røn, Røen)
- Nes (Brandbu)
- Nordre Etnedal
- Nordre Land
- Nordsinni (Hogner)
- Røn (Røen)
- St. Mary
- St. Thomas
- Sødorp (Søthorp)
- Søndre Land
- Tretten (Trøtten)
- Vestre Gausdal
- Vestre Slidre
- Vestre Toten
- Østre Gausdal
- Østre Slidre
- Østre Toten
- Østsinni (Gårder)
- Øye (Øie)
- Segalstad bru
- Vang i Valdres
- Projected population - Statistics Norway[permanent dead link]
- Statistics Norway - Church of Norway.
- Statistics Norway - Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. County. 2006-2010
- Magnus Newth; Ingvill Dybfest Dahl (21 February 2017). "Dette er Norges nye regioner" [These are Norway's new regions]. Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- "Hedmark og Oppland blir ett fylke" [Hedmark and Oppland become one county] (in Norwegian). NRK. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- Formannskapsdistrikt Original spellings of counties and municipalities in parentheses.
- "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". SSB. Retrieved 9 May 2018.