Tokke is a municipality in Telemark in the county of Vestfold og Telemark in Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Vest-Telemark. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Dalen. The municipality of Tokke was created on 1 January 1964 upon the merger of the two older municipalities of Lårdal and Mo. Located in Lårdal, Eidsborg stave church is one of Norway's old stave churches.

Tokke kommune
Coat of arms of Tokke kommune
Official logo of Tokke kommune
Tokke within Vestfold og Telemark
Tokke within Vestfold og Telemark
Coordinates: 59°25′2″N 7°58′43″E / 59.41722°N 7.97861°E / 59.41722; 7.97861Coordinates: 59°25′2″N 7°58′43″E / 59.41722°N 7.97861°E / 59.41722; 7.97861
CountryNorway
CountyVestfold og Telemark
DistrictVest-Telemark
Administrative centreDalen
Government
 • Mayor (2015)Jarand Felland (Sp)
Area
 • Total984 km2 (380 sq mi)
 • Land905 km2 (349 sq mi)
Area rank107 in Norway
Population
 (2010)
 • Total2,337
 • Rank310 in Norway
 • Density2.58/km2 (6.7/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
−6.7%
Demonym(s)Tokkebu[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3824
Official language formNynorsk[2]
Websitewww.tokke.kommune.no
Eidsborg stave church

General informationEdit

NameEdit

The name originally belongs to the river running through the municipality. The Old Norse form of the river name must have been Þotka and it is related to the name of the lake Totak (which it comes from). The river name is probably derived from the Norse word þot meaning "roaring, rushing, or howling".

Coat-of-armsEdit

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 6 February 1987. The arms show a black bear on a gold background. The bear in the arms symbolizes the rich nature in the forests in the municipality. The bear plays a major role in many local legends and stories.[3]

GeographyEdit

Tokke borders Vinje, Kviteseid, Seljord, Fyresdal, Valle, and Bykle. The highest peak is Urdenosi which is 1,520 metres (4,990 ft) above sea level.

Notable residentsEdit

 
Talleiv Huvestad, 1814

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". Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  4. ^ IMDb Database Retrieved 12 November 2020

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