Sigdal within Viken
|• Mayor (2015)||Anne Kristine (Tine) Norman (Sp)|
|• Total||842 km2 (325 sq mi)|
|• Land||811 km2 (313 sq mi)|
|Area rank||130 in Norway|
|• Rank||244 in Norway|
|• Density||4/km2 (10/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||−3.9%|
|Demonym(s)||Sigdøl or Sigdøling|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-3045|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
The municipality of Sigdal was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area of Krødsherad was separated from Sigdal on 1 January 1901. The municipality has common borders with the municipalities of Flå, Krødsherad, Modum, Øvre Eiker, Flesberg, Rollag, and Nore og Uvdal.
The Old Norse form of the name was Sigmardalr or Sigmudalr. The first element is the genitive case of a river name Sigm(a) (now called the Simoa) and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The Simoa river runs through Sigdal, flowing in a south-easterly course until it flows into Drammenselva at Åmot in Modum. The meaning of the river name is unknown, but is maybe derived from síga which means to "ooze" or "slide".
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 18 November 1983. The arms show a heraldic image of the mountain that dominates the view around the village, the Andersnatten. The profile of the mountain is yellow with a blue-colored sky above.
Geography and populationEdit
About 72% of the area is covered with forest, 20% is mountain areas, and 4% of the area is cultivated. Agriculture, forestry, and the kitchen-producing enterprise of Sigdal Kjøkken are still important industries.
- Folk Music Center (Folkemusikksenteret) is a cultural heritage museum offering a good image of the building style and traditions of the district. The Folk Music Center is principally responsible for collecting, storing and promoting local folk music and dance.
- Sigdal-Eggedal Museum is a regional museum for Krødsherad, Modum and Sigdal. This museum dedicated to the region's culture and history is arranged particularly authentically.
- Vatnås Church (Vatnås kirke) is a historic church dating from 1660.
- Lauvlia is the former home of Theodor Kittelsen, one of the most popular artists in Norway, who settled near Prestfoss during 1899. Today Lauvlia is a private museum featuring an exhibition of Kittelsen’s original work
- Andersnatten is a well-known mountain and landmark. The mountain has inspired painters visiting or living in Sigdal, notably Theodor Kittelsen and Christian Skredsvig. It is recognized by mountain climbers as a tough challenge.
Protected areas in Sigdal MunicipalityEdit
- Christian Skredsvig (1854 - 1924) Norwegian artist and painter
- Theodor Kittelsen (1857 - 1914) Norwegian artist and painter
- Erik Ramstad (1860 - 1951) Norwegian-American founder of Minot, North Dakota
- Eileif Kolsrud (1873 – 1953) a Norwegian educator and politician, Mayor of Kristiansund
- Gulbrand Hagen (1864 - 1919) Norwegian-American newspaper editor and writer
- Olaf Solumsmoen (1896 - 1972) a Norwegian newspaper editor and politician
- Olaf Knudson (1915 – 1996) politician, deputy mayor of Sigdal in 1950's
- Erling Kroken (1928-2007) a Norwegian ski jumper
- Dag Aabye (born 1941) an endurance runner in British Columbia, "Father of Freeride Skiing"
- Anne-Lise Berntsen (1943-2012) a Norwegian soprano 
- Grete Kummen (born 1952) a cross-country skier, competed at the 1976 Winter Olympics
- Josefine Frida Pettersen (born 1996) actress, played Noora Amalie Sætre in NRK drama series Skam 
The following cities are twinned with Sigdal:
- "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
- "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
- Sigdal (Store norske leksikon)
- "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 July 2017.
- Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Vatnås kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
- IMDb Database retrieved 25 November 2020
- IMDb Database retrieved 25 November 2020
- "Norrænt samstarf" (in Icelandic). Hveragerði. Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- "Vänorter" (in Swedish). Örnsköldsvik kommun. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- Mørch, Andreas & Thormod Skatvedt Sigdal og Eggedal (Sigdal og Eggedal, 1914)
- Mørch, Andreas Frå gamle dagar. Folkeminne frå Sigdal og Eggedal (Norsk Folkeminnelag: 1932)
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- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Buskerud travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Kunstnerdalen, Valley of Artists
- Sigdal & Eggedal Tourist Service
- Sigdal Kommune official webpage (in Norwegian)
- Krødsherad, Sigdal and Modum (in Norwegian)
- Information and news from Sigdal and Eggedal (in Norwegian)