Nedre Eiker

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Nedre Eiker kommune
Municipality
Solsetra leirsted.jpg
Coat of arms of Nedre Eiker kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nedre Eiker kommune
Buskerud within
Norway
Nedre Eiker within Buskerud
Nedre Eiker within Buskerud
Coordinates: 59°45′53″N 10°2′0″E / 59.76472°N 10.03333°E / 59.76472; 10.03333Coordinates: 59°45′53″N 10°2′0″E / 59.76472°N 10.03333°E / 59.76472; 10.03333
Country Norway
County Buskerud
District Eiker, Lower Buskerud
Administrative centre Mjøndalen
Government
 • Mayor (2018) Bent Inge bye (Ap)
Area
 • Total 122 km2 (47 sq mi)
 • Land 114 km2 (44 sq mi)
Area rank #369 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 21,377
 • Rank #42 in Norway
 • Density 187/km2 (480/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 11.5%
Demonym(s) Eikværing[1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-0625
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.nedre-eiker.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Nedre Eiker is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Eiker. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Mjøndalen. The old municipality of Eiker was divided into Nedre Eiker (lower Eiker) and Øvre Eiker (upper) on 1 July 1885.

General information

Name

The Old Norse form of the name was Eikjar. The name is the plural form of eiki which means "oak wood". The meaning of Nedre Eiker is "(the) lower (part of) Eiker". (The municipality of Eiker was divided in 1885.)

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms was granted on 26 June 1970. The arms show three gold-colored oak leaves on a red background. The arms are canting because the meaning of the name (Eik) comes from the word for oak.[2]

(See also coat-of-arms of Eigersund, Songdalen, Tingvoll and Øvre Eiker)

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Nedre Eiker by country of origin in 2017[3]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 768
 Turkey 488
 Vietnam 410
 Lithuania 290
 Afghanistan 239
 Iraq 230
 India 198
 Iran 170
 Kosovo 143
 Sweden 136

Geography

Drammenselva river
Nedre Eiker bridge
Nedre Eiker Church

The municipality is located in the southern part of Buskerud county. It borders the municipalities of Lier, Drammen, Hof, and Øvre Eiker. The majority of the residents live in the villages of Mjøndalen, Krokstadelva, Solbergelva, and Steinberg.

The Drammenselva river flows through the municipality of Nedre Eiker. It is one of the largest rivers in Norway, with a course running from Tyrifjorden in the north to Drammensfjord in the south.

Churches in Nedre Eiker

  • Mjøndalen Church[4]
  • Nedre Eiker Church[5]
  • Solberg Chapel[6]
  • Tabor Chapel[7]

Notable residents

Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Nedre Eiker:[8]

References

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  3. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Mjøndalen kirke". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Nedre Eiker kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Solberg kapell". Norske Kirkebygg. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tabor kapell". Norske Kirkebygg. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Vennskaps- og samarbeidsavtale" (in Norwegian). Nedre Eiker kommune. Archived from the original on 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2009-01-10.

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