Sør-Odal is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Odalen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Skarnes.

Sør-Odal kommune
Skarnes bru.jpg
Coat of arms of Sør-Odal kommune
Official logo of Sør-Odal kommune
Sør-Odal within Innlandet
Sør-Odal within Innlandet
Coordinates: 60°14′12″N 11°44′44″E / 60.23667°N 11.74556°E / 60.23667; 11.74556Coordinates: 60°14′12″N 11°44′44″E / 60.23667°N 11.74556°E / 60.23667; 11.74556
DistrictOdal, Norway
Administrative centreSkarnes
 • Mayor (2016)Knut Hvithammer (Ap)
 • Total517 km2 (200 sq mi)
 • Land479 km2 (185 sq mi)
Area rank203 in Norway
 • Totalapproximately 7,800
 • Rank129 in Norway
 • Density16/km2 (40/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3415
Official language formBokmål[2]

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

The municipality is a rural community situated along the river Glåma and around the southern side of the lake Storsjøen. It is bordered by the municipalities of Eidskog in the south, by Kongsvinger in the east, and by Nord-Odal and Grue in the north. The terrain is dominated by rolling hills, lakes, and pine forests.

General informationEdit


The last element is the old district name Odal (Old Norse: Ódalr). The first element of this is ó, a sideform of á which means "river" (here the Glåma river). The last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale".

The first element Sør- (meaning "southern") was added after 1819 when the parish of Odal was divided in two. (See Nord-Odal.)


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 10 January 1992. The arms show three gold keys on a red background. They represent the three parishes of Oppstad, Strøm, and Ulleren and the three local bodies of water: Glomma, Oppstadåa, and Storsjøen. The key symbolizes justice, knowledge, and positive ideals. The arms were designed by Harald Hallstensen.[3]

Ethnic and foreign minorityEdit

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Sør-Odal by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 101
  Sweden 49
  Thailand 46
  Eritrea 45
  Lithuania 37
  Germany 37
  Romania 34
  Denmark 22


The economy is based on a mix of manufacturing, farming, and services. Skarnes has a train connection to Oslo.

Notable residentsEdit

portrait of Hans Glad Block

Sister citiesEdit

The following cities are twinned with Sør-Odal:[5]



  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ "Kommunevåpen for Sør-Odal kommmune" (in Norwegian). Sør-Odal kommmune. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Sør-Odal - en kommune med mangfold i kulturtilbudet" (in Norwegian). Sør-Odal kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-29.

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