Vestre Toten

Vestre Toten is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Toten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the small town of Raufoss.

Vestre Toten kommune
Coat of arms of Vestre Toten kommune
Official logo of Vestre Toten kommune
Vestre Toten within Innlandet
Vestre Toten within Innlandet
Coordinates: 60°39′10″N 10°35′46″E / 60.65278°N 10.59611°E / 60.65278; 10.59611Coordinates: 60°39′10″N 10°35′46″E / 60.65278°N 10.59611°E / 60.65278; 10.59611
Administrative centreRaufoss
 • Mayor (2011)Leif Waarum[1] (Ap)
 • Total249 km2 (96 sq mi)
 • Land231 km2 (89 sq mi)
Area rank303 in Norway
 • Total12,597
 • Rank86 in Norway
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3443
Official language formBokmål[3]

General informationEdit


The name comes from the Old Norse word Þótn. The meaning of Toten is unknown (maybe "the pleasant district").[4] The meaning of the name Vestre Toten is "(the) western (part of) Toten". (The parish of Toten was divided in 1825.)[5]


The coat of arms were granted on 3 May 1991. The arms show two silver knives on a green background. They are a typical type of knife from the area (the special "Toten-knives"). It symbolizes the long tradition of wood carving. The arms were designed by Inge Rotevatn.[6][7]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Vestre Toten by country of origin in 2017[8]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 139
  Lithuania 104
  Iraq 67
  Thailand 61
  Iran 58
  Eritrea 52
  Turkey 49
  Philippines 44
  Somalia 37
  Syria 36


According to the sagas, Halfdan Hvitbeinn (Whiteleg) was the first Yngling in Norway. He conquered Romerike, part of Hedmark, part of Vestfold, and Toten. He was killed in Toten around the year 740.[9]

In 1021, according to saga, King Olaf (reigned 1015–1028) converted Toten to Christianity. Also, King Håkon IV (reigned 1217–1263) came to Toten around the year 1226 to settle local unrest.[9]

Christian II (1481-1559) was a Danish monarch and King of Denmark, Norway (1513-1523), and Sweden (1520-1521), under the Kalmar Union. Prior to becoming king, Duke Christian was sent to Norway in 1506 by John II (also called Hans), King of Norway (1483 – 1513) to take charge of the kingdom. In 1507, he became aware of a revolt in Hedmark. In early 1508, he took a force there, routing the rebellion. He then rowed across lake Mjøsa to Toten, capturing residents, imprisoning them in the vaulted cellar of the rectory in Østre Toten and torturing them there. As a result, he determined that Bishop Karl of Hamar had been behind the rebellion. With Bishop Karl as his captive, he was able to suppress the unrest.[9]

Toten was a part of Akershus county until 1756, when it was reassigned to Oppland county. Lauritz Weideman, Corporal Peder Balke, and Nels Dyhren from Toten attended the 1814 constitutional convention at Eidsvold.[9]

Vestre Toten was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The areas of Kolbu and Eina were separated from Vestre Toten on 1 January 1908. Eina was, however, merged back into the municipality of Vestre Toten on 1 January 1964 (and Kolbu was merged into Østre Toten at this time also).


Einavatnet with the farmland along the lake

The municipal center is Raufoss. Other smaller towns in the municipality include Eina, Reinsvoll, and Bøverbru.

Vestre Toten borders on Østre Toten to the east, Gjøvik to the north, Gran to the south and Søndre Land to the west.

The highest point is Lauvhøgda with a height of 722 metres (2,369 ft). The Hunnselva river begins in the Einavatnet lake and ends in the Mjøsa at Gjøvik.


Farming and industry are important. Raufoss Aluminum is a major employer in the community. The Gjøvikbanen train line passes through the community.

Notable peopleEdit

Ronni Le Tekrø & TNT, 2012


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  3. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  4. ^ "Toten". Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (Anden halvdel) (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 49.
  6. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  7. ^ "Kommunevåpen". Vestre Toten kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-01.[dead link] (in Norwegian)
  8. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d Stagg, Frank Noel (1956). East Norway and its Frontier. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.

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