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 Eidsvoll (help·info) (sometimes written as Eidsvold) is a municipality in Akershus
county, Norway. It is part of the Romerike traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Sundet.


1 General information

1.1 Name 1.2 Eidsvoll
Church 1.3 Coat-of-arms

2 History 3 Eidsvoll
gallery 4 Geography 5 Notable residents 6 Sister cities 7 References 8 External links

General information[edit] Name[edit] The first element is the genitive case of the word eid (Old Norse: eið) and the last element is voll (Old Norse: vǫllr) which means "meadow" or "field". The meaning of the word eid in this case is "a road passing around a waterfall". People from the districts around the lake (Mjøsa) who were sailing down the river Vorma, and people from Romerike
sailing up the same river, both had to enter this area by passing the Sundfossen waterfall. Because of this, the site became an important meeting place long before the introduction of Christianity. Prior to 1918, the name was spelled "Eidsvold". The town of Eidsvold in Queensland, Australia and Eidsvold Township, Lyon County, Minnesota, United States still use this old spelling.


Church[edit] Eidsvoll Church
Eidsvoll Church
( Eidsvoll
Kirke) is a cruciform church from approx 1200. It is part of the Norwegian Church and belongs to Øvre Romerike deanery in the Diocese of Borg. The Romanesque building is in stone. Eidsvoll
church is repeatedly burned and rebuilt. The old church records were lost in a fire. The altarpiece in Eidsvoll
church is from 1765. It is a wooden structure with three floors, decreasing towards the top, where each floor concludes with gilded pilasters with capitals and rococo decor on each side of a painting. The altarpiece was restored after a fire in 1883, the next restoration occurred in 1915 and a third restoration occurred late 1960s. Access to the church is a well traveled tourist destination is via Rv181 and Fv502 / Rv177. Pilegrimsleden goes through Eidsvoll. Eidsvoll
church is one of the more prominent stops along the path, which was officially opened on 16 June 2002. [2] Coat-of-arms[edit] The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 20 November 1987. The arms show a balance as a symbol of justice. In the early Middle Ages
Middle Ages
a local court was established in Eidsvoll.[3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Eidsvoll
by country of origin in 2017[4]

Ancestry Number

 Poland 559

 Lithuania 236

 Sweden 187

 Pakistan 179

 Afghanistan 137

 Thailand 134

 Philippines 132

 Denmark 104

 Iraq 97

 Russia 96

Memorial statue to the constitutional assembly at Eidsvoll
in 1814

History[edit] The parish of Eidsvold was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The municipality of Feiring was merged with Eidsvoll
on 1 January 1964. Eidsvoll
is mentioned in Old Norse
Old Norse
manuscripts. In the 11th century, it became the site of court and assembly (ting) for eastern parts of Norway, replacing Vang, now a part of Hamar
in Hedmark. Because of its access to the river Vorma
and the lake Mjøsa
has long provided a thoroughfare to northern parts of inland Norway. Historically the main industry of Eidsvoll
was agriculture, though the soil is rich in clay. Eastern parts of Eidsvoll
were for a short time the site of a minor gold rush when gold was found in 1758, and these areas are still known as Gullverket. Eidsvoll Verk
Eidsvoll Verk
was opened to smelt iron ore by King Christian IV of Denmark
in 1624, relying on the excellent water power from the Andelva river. In 1688, it was owned by the director of the Kongsberg Silver Mines, Schlanbusch, and remained in his family until 1781. Carsten Anker came into possession of works in 1794, at which time it was in decay since many of the surrounding forests required for charcoal had been depleted. He restored it and set up the production of stoves and similar iron goods. He also took residence in Eidsvoll
in 1811, rebuilding the manor house which is now the Eidsvollsbygningen, the site where the constitutional assembly met to draft and sign the Constitution of Norway
on 17 May 1814. Eidsvollsbygningen
is today a famous museum. [5] In 1854, Eidsvoll
became the end point for the first railroad line in Norway
from Oslo. This became the transit point for travel with the steamship Skibladner
to Hamar, Gjøvik, and Lillehammer. In addition to the historic Eidsvoll
Church, Eidsvoll
is the site of the Langset Church (Langset kirke) which dates to 1859 and the Feiring Church (Feiring Kirke) which dates to 1875.[6][7] Eidsvoll

at Eidsvoll
Verk, site of the constitutional assembly

Steamer Skibladner, Dampskibsbryggen and Eidsvold Hotel

Winter at Bøn in Eidsvoll

Eidsvoll Church
Eidsvoll Church

Langset Church

Geography[edit] Eidsvoll
municipality is bordered on the north by Østre Toten
Østre Toten
(in Oppland county on the west side of Mjøsa) and by Stange
(on the east side of the lake) and to the east by Nord-Odal
(both in Hedmark county). In the county of Akershus
to the southeast lies Nes, to the south lies Ullensaker, and to the west lies Nannestad
and Hurdal. In addition to being a commuter town for Oslo, it also has agriculture and forestry industries. The main population and commercial centres are Sundet and Råholt. Notable residents[edit]

Ola Skjåk Bræk (1912–1999), minister of industry, born and raised in Eidsvoll Arne Ekeland
Arne Ekeland
(1908–1994), artist, lived and worked in Bøn his entire life Dagmar Lahlum
Dagmar Lahlum
(1922–1999), resistance worker in World War II
World War II
and fiancée of Eddie Chapman
Eddie Chapman
was born here Hans Langseth
Hans Langseth
(1846–1927), world record holder for the longest beard Åsmund Lønning Strømnes (1927–2009), professor of education.[8] Henrik Wergeland
Henrik Wergeland
(1808–1845), poet, eldest son of Professor Nicolai Wergeland (1780–1848), who had been a member of the constitutional assembly in Eidsvoll, was pastor of Eidsvoll. Although not born there, the poet and his sister, Camilla Collett, were brought up in the rectory in Eidsvoll

Sister cities[edit] The following cities are twinned with Eidsvoll:[9]

- Egilsstaðir, Iceland - Skara, Västra Götaland County, Sweden - Sorø, Region Sjælland, Denmark - Suolahti, Länsi-Suomi, Finland


^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.  ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. " Eidsvoll
kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved October 1, 2016.  ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-18.  ^ "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.  ^ 60.300779 North, 11.170519 East ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Langset kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved October 1, 2016.  ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Feiring kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved October 1, 2016.  ^ Volckmar, Nina; Kvalsund, Ragnvald; Ulleberg, Hans Petter (8 January 2010). "Åsmund Lønning Strømnes (obituary)". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). p. 35.  ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Eidsvoll
kommune. Archived from the original on 2011-01-09. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eidsvoll.

Look up Eidsvoll
in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway Akershus
travel guide from Wikivoyage Eidsvollbygningen museum

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