Telemark fylke
—  County  —
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Coat of arms
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Telemark within Norway
Country Norway
County Telemark
Region Østlandet
County ID NO-08
Official language form Neutral
Demonym Teledøl or Telemarking [1]
Administrative centre Skien
 • Governor Kari Nordheim-Larsen
  (since 2006)
 • County Mayor Gunn Marit Helgesen
  (since 2003)
Area(#10 in Norway, 4.55% of Norway's land area)
 • Total 15,299 km2 (5,907 sq mi)
 • Land 13,854 km2 (5,349 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 167,102
 • Density 12/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 1.8 %
 • Rank in Norway 13 (3.63% of nation)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Income (per capita) 139,900 NOK
GDP (per capita) 219,404 NOK (2001)
National Rank: 12 (2.38% of nation)
Data from Statistics Norway

Loudspeaker Telemark  is a county in Norway, bordering Vestfold, Buskerud, Hordaland, Rogaland, and Aust-Agder. The county administration is in Skien.

The county is located in southeastern Norway, extending from Hardangervidda to the Skagerrak coast. The coastline extends from Langesundsfjorden to Gjernestangen at the border to Aust-Agder. Telemark has a very broken and heterogeneous landscape, including many hills and valleys.

The largest population centres are Skien, Porsgrunn, Notodden, Rjukan, and Kragerø. Other important places are , Fyresdal, and Vinje.

The nameEdit

The Norse form of the name was Þelamörk. The first element is the genitive plural case of þelir, the name of an old Germanic tribe. The last element is mörk, 'woodland, borderland'. (See also Hedmark and Finnmark.)

Until 1919 the county was called Bratsberg amt. The amt was named after the farm Bratsberg (Norse Brattsberg), since this was the seat of the amtmann ('governor'). The first element is the genitive case of brattr m 'steep mountain', the last element is berg n 'mountain'. (The name is referring to a steep mountainside behind the farm.)

Telemark lent its name to Telemark skiing, a style invented by Sondre Norheim, and the characteristic Telemark landing of ski jumping.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1970). It shows an old type of battle axe, significant for the county.

History Edit

Some historians used to believe that Telemark had been a petty kingdom in the early Viking Age, prior to the reign of Harald Fairhair. This assertion, however, is unfounded.

The film The Heroes of Telemark is loosely based on the Norwegian heavy water sabotage, a raid on a heavy water plant at Rjukan during World War II. Ray Mears made a documentary titled The Real Heroes of Telemark as a response to the inaccuracies of the film, giving an account more focused on the outdoor skills that were required for the operation (spending months in remote cabins).

Until 1919 the county was known as Bratsberg amt.

Notable people born in Telemark


The county is conventionally divided into traditional districts. These are Grenland, Vest-Telemark, Midt-Telemark, Øst-Telemark, and Vestmar.

Municipalities Edit

Telemark Municipalities

Telemark County has a total of 18 municipalities:

  1. Bamble
  2. Drangedal
  3. Fyresdal
  4. Hjartdal
  5. Kragerø
  6. Kviteseid
  7. Nissedal
  8. Nome
  9. Notodden
  10. Porsgrunn
  11. Sauherad
  12. Seljord
  13. Siljan
  14. Skien
  15. Tinn
  16. Tokke
  17. Vinje

External links Edit


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