About this soundRingebu  is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Gudbrandsdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Vålebru.

Ringebu kommune
Coat of arms of Ringebu kommune
Official logo of Ringebu kommune
Ringebu within Innlandet
Ringebu within Innlandet
Coordinates: 61°32′8″N 10°18′29″E / 61.53556°N 10.30806°E / 61.53556; 10.30806Coordinates: 61°32′8″N 10°18′29″E / 61.53556°N 10.30806°E / 61.53556; 10.30806
Administrative centreRingebu
 • Mayor (2011)Erik Odlo (Sp)
 • Total1,248 km2 (482 sq mi)
 • Land1,221 km2 (471 sq mi)
Area rank78 in Norway
 • Total4,611
 • Rank209 in Norway
 • Density4/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3439
Official language formNeutral[2]

The municipality of Ringebu was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area of Sollia was separated from Ringebu municipality to become a municipality of its own in 1864.

General informationEdit


The Old Norse form of the name was Ringabú or Hringabú. The first element is probably derived from ringr which means "ring" (but in what context is unknown). The last element is which means "rural district".[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted in 1992. The arms show three orange flames on a red background. This represents the three valleys and three parishes of Ringebu, Fåvang, and Venabygd. Fire was chosen to represent mankind's need for heat and light.[4]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Ringebu by country of origin in 2017[5]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 109
  Netherlands 41
  Lithuania 38
  Latvia 38
  Syria 29


Ringebu Stavkyrkje

The stave church at Ringebu, built around the year 1220, is one of fewer than 30 surviving stave churches and is one of the largest.

Some 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of the church lies Hundorp farm, the legendary home of Dale-Gudbrand. Dale-Gudbrand is mentioned in the Heimskringla (English: The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway) by Snorri Sturluson. The account of King Olaf's (A.D. 1015-1021) conversion of Dale-Gudbrand to Christianity is popularly recognized.


Ringebu is bordered to the northwest by Sør-Fron municipality, to the southwest by Gausdal, to the south by Øyer, and by Stor-Elvdal municipality in Hedmark county on the east.

Ringebu town hall.

The administrative center of Ringebu municipality is the village of Vålebru which is located at an elevation of 182 metres (597 ft) above sea level, but 50% of the area within the municipal borders is greater than 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level. From Ringebu, two mountain passes provide road access into the Østerdal; one of these is closed during the winter. Because these mountain areas reliably provide good snow conditions, the area is a popular tourist destination. Kvitfjell ski area in Ringebu was expanded to serve as a downhill venue for the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Sister citiesEdit

The following cities are twinned with Ringebu:[6]

Frederik Petersen, 1815

Notable peopleEdit

  • Frederik Petersen (1759 in Ringebu – 1825) a Norwegian painter of portraits
  • Jehans Nordbu (1768 in Ringebu — ca.1860) a Norwegian-American immigrant to the USA and an early settler in Texas
  • Hans Engen (1912 in Ringebu – 1966) a Norwegian journalist, diplomat and politician, Norwegian ambassador to the United States from 1963 to 1966
  • Emil Nyeng (born 1991) a Norwegian cross-country skier


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 137.
  4. ^ "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Ringebu kommune. Archived from the original on February 28, 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
  5. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Våra vänorter" (in Swedish). Filipstad kommun. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2009-01-04.

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