Hedmark fylke
—  County  —
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Coat of arms
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Hedmark within Norway
Country Norway
County Hedmark
Region Østlandet
County ID NO-04
Official language form Neutral
Demonym Hedmarking [1]
Administrative centre Hamar
 • Governor Sigbjørn Johnsen
  (since 1997)
 • County Mayor Arnfinn Nergård
  (since 2007)
Area(#3 in Norway, 8.57% of Norway's land area)
 • Total 27,397 km2 (10,578 sq mi)
 • Land 26,082 km2 (10,070 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 189,586
 • Density 7/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 0.5 %
 • Rank in Norway 11 (4.11% of nation)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Income (per capita) 132,200 NOK
GDP (per capita) 204,205 NOK (2001)
National Rank: 11 (2.52% of nation)
Data from Statistics Norway

Loudspeaker Hedmark  is a county in Norway, bordering Sør-Trøndelag, Oppland, and Akershus. The county administration is in Hamar.

Hedmark makes up the northeastern part of Østlandet, the southeastern part of the country. It includes a long part of the borderline with Sweden: Dalarna County and Värmland County. The largest lakes are Femunden and Mjøsa. It also includes parts of Glomma. Geographically, Hedmark is in the traditional sense divided into the following areas: Hedemarken, east of Mjøsa; Østerdalen, north of Elverum; and Glåmdalen, south of Elverum. Hedmark and Oppland are the only Norwegian counties with no coastline. Hedmark hosted some of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games

In the county are the well-known towns and built-up places Hamar, Kongsvinger, Elverum, and Tynset. Hedmark is one of the less urbanized areas in Norway, as about half of the inhabitants live on rural land. 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; logs were previously floated down Glomma to the coast but are now transported by truck and train.


The county is divided into three traditional districts. These are Hedmarken, [[Østerdalen, and Solør (with Odalen and Vinger).

History Edit

In the early Viking Age, before Harald Fairhair, Hedmark was a petty kingdom. Kings of Hedmark include:

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.

The nameEdit

The Norse form of the name was Heiðmörk. The first element is heiðnir, the name of an old Germanic tribe. The last element is mörk f 'woodland, borderland'. (See also Telemark and Finnmark)

Until 1919 the county was called Hedemarkens amt.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1987). It shows three barkespader (axes/spades to remove the bark from timber logs).


Every four years the inhabitants of Hedmark vote to elect the 33 representatives of the Hedmark Fylkesting, the Hedmark County Assembly. After the elections of September 2007 the majority of the seats of the assembly is 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). A total of 8 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 the executive political 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 lead by Siv Tørudbakken, who represents the Labour Party.

Municipalities Edit


Municipalities of Hedmark

External links Edit

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Hedmark. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.

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