Hedmark [²heːdmɑrk] ( listen) is a county in Norway,
Trøndelag to the north,
Oppland to the west and
the south. The county administration is in Hamar.
Hedmark makes up the northeastern part of Østlandet, the southeastern
part of the country. It has a long border with Sweden, Dalarna County
and Värmland County. The largest lakes are Femunden and Mjøsa, the
largest lake in Norway. Parts of Glomma, Norway's longest river, flow
through Hedmark. Geographically,
Hedmark is traditionally divided
into: Hedemarken, east of Mjøsa, Østerdalen, north of Elverum, and
Glåmdalen, south of Elverum.
Oppland are the only
Norwegian counties with no coastline.
Hedmark also hosted some events
of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.
Tynset are cities in the county.
Hedmark is one of the less urbanized areas in Norway; about half of
the inhabitants live on rural land. The population is mainly
concentrated in the rich agricultural district adjoining
Mjøsa to the
southeast. The county's extensive forests supply much of Norway's
timber; at one time, logs were floated down
Glomma to the coast but
are now transported by truck and train.
Hedmark municipality of
Engerdal has the distinction of marking
the current southernmost border in
Norway of Sápmi, the traditional
region of the Sami people.
The county is divided into three traditional districts. These are
Odalen and Vinger).
Hedmark was originally a part of the large
Akershus amt, but in 1757
Oplandenes amt was separated from it. Some years later, in 1781, this
was divided into Kristians amt (now Oppland) and Hedemarkens amt.
Until 1919, the county was called Hedemarkens amt.
2 Coat of arms
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Old Norse form of the name was Heiðmǫrk. The first element is
heiðnir, the name of an old Germanic tribe and is related to the word
heið, which means moorland. The last element is mǫrk 'woodland,
borderland, march'. (See also
Telemark and Finnmark.)
Coat of arms
The coat of arms is from modern times (1987). It shows three
barkespader (adzes used to remove bark from timber logs).
Every four years the inhabitants of
Hedmark elect 33 representatives
Hedmark Fylkesting, the
Hedmark County Assembly. After the
elections of September 2007 the majority of the seats of the assembly
were held by a three-party coalition consisting of the Labour Party
(14 seats), the Centre Party (5 seats) and the Socialist Left Party (2
seats). Eight parties are represented in the assembly, the remaining 5
being the Progress Party (4 seats), the Conservative Party (4), the
Liberal Party (2), the Christian Democratic Party (1) and the
Pensioners Party (1). The assembly is headed by the county mayor
(Norwegian: Fylkesordfører). As of the 2007 elections the county
mayor is Arnfinn Nergård. He represents the Centre Party. In 2003 a
parliamentary system was established, which means that the county
assembly elects a political administration or council to hold
executive power. This county council reflects the majority of the
county assembly and includes the three parties holding the majority of
the assembly seats, i.e., the Labour Party, the Center Party and the
Socialist Left Party. The council is led by Siv Tørudbakken, a member
of the Labour Party.
Municipalities of Hedmark
Number of minorities (1st and 2nd gen.)
Hedmark by country of origin in 2017
^ Projected population - Statistics Norway
Norway - Church of Norway.
Norway - Members of religious and life stance communities
outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. County.
2006-2010 Archived 2011-11-02 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Hedmark".
Store norske leksikon
Store norske leksikon (in
Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
^ "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 26 June
Media related to
Hedmark at Wikimedia Commons
Hedmark travel guide from Wikivoyage
Counties of Norway
Møre og Romsdal
Sogn og Fjordane
Coordinates: 60°50′00″N 11°40′00″E / 60.83333°N