Rælingen

Rælingen is a village and municipality in Viken county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Romerike. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Fjerdingby. Rælingen was separated from the municipality of Fet on 1 July 1929.

Rælingen kommune
The village of Rælingen
The village of Rælingen
Coat of arms of Rælingen kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Rælingen kommune
Viken within
Norway
Rælingen within Viken
Rælingen within Viken
Coordinates: 59°53′21″N 11°4′31″E / 59.88917°N 11.07528°E / 59.88917; 11.07528Coordinates: 59°53′21″N 11°4′31″E / 59.88917°N 11.07528°E / 59.88917; 11.07528
CountryNorway
CountyViken
DistrictRomerike
Administrative centreFjerdingby
Government
 • Mayor (2007)Øivind Sand (Ap)
Area
 • Total72 km2 (28 sq mi)
 • Land56 km2 (22 sq mi)
Area rank404 in Norway
Population
 (2004)
 • Total14,720
 • Rank63 in Norway
 • Density261/km2 (680/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
5.4%
Demonym(s)Ræling [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3027
Official language formNeutral [2]
Websitewww.ralingen.kommune.no

General informationEdit

NameEdit

The name is first mentioned around 1400 ("i Ræling"). It is probably an old district name (the name of the church site is Fjerdingby). The meaning of the name is unknown.

Coat-of-armsEdit

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 30 April 1981. The arms show a yellow pitchfork on a green background. It is a symbol for the local agriculture. A large part of the municipality is lowland, which historically has mainly been used to produce hay. The pitchfork has three prongs representing the three rivers that run through the municipality: Nitelva, Leira, and Glomma.[3][4]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Rælingen by country of origin in 2015[5]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 469
  Pakistan 347
  Vietnam 343
  Iran 323
  Sweden 172
  Iraq 163
  Eritrea 139
  Lithuania 138
  India 108
  Afghanistan 107

GeographyEdit

Located between Fet and Lørenskog, Rælingen includes the northwestern part of lake Øyeren. The northernmost part of the district is built and grown together with the Lillestrøm area.

The most important places in the municipality are Rælingen, Fjerdingby, Løvenstad, and Nordby. Large portions of the municipality are scarcely populated or uninhabited (forests).

Notable peopleEdit

Sister citiesEdit

The following cities are twinned with Rælingen:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  4. ^ "Kommunevåpenet". Rælingen kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-20.[dead link] (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Vennskapskommuner". Rælingen kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-20.[dead link] (in Norwegian)

External linksEdit