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Hedmark fylke
Atnsjøen and Rondane in June 2009
Atnsjøen and Rondane in June 2009
Flag of Hedmark fylke
Coat of arms of Hedmark fylke
Coat of arms
Hedmark within Norway
Hedmark within Norway
County IDNO-04
Administrative centreHamar
 o GovernorSigbjørn Johnsen
 o County mayorArnfinn Nergård
 o Total27,397 km2 (10,578 sq mi)
 o Land26,084 km2 (10,071 sq mi)
Area rank#4 in Norway, 8.57% of Norway's land area
(30 September 2019)
 o Total197,831 Increase
 o Rank11 (3.72% of country)
 o Density7.5/km2 (19/sq mi)
 o Change (10 years)
Increase 4.05 %
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+02 (CEST)
Official language formNeutral
Income (per capita)132,200 NOK
GDP (per capita)204,205 NOK (2001)
GDP national rank11 (2.52% of country)
Data from Statistics Norway
Religion in Hedmark[2][3]
religion percent

Hedmark ([?he:dm?rk] ) is until January 1. 2020 a county in Norway, bordering Trøndelag to the north, Oppland to the west and Akershus to the south. The county administration is in Hamar.

Hedmark and Oppland counties will merge into Innlandet county on January 1. 2020, when Norway's former 19 counties becomes 10 bigger counties / regions

Hedmark makes up the northeastern part of Østlandet, the southeastern part of the country. It has a long border with Sweden to the east (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 the lake Mjøsa), Østerdalen ("East Valley" north of the town Elverum), and Solør / Glåmdalen (south of Elverum) and Odal in the very south. Hedmark and Oppland are the only Norwegian counties with no coastline. Hedmark also hosted some events of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.

Hamar, Kongsvinger, Elverum and 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.

The 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 Hedmarken, Østerdalen and Solør (with 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.


The Old Norse form of the name was Heiðm?rk. 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 m?rk 'woodland, borderland, march'. (See also Telemark and Finnmark.)[4]

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 to 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
Rank Name Inhabitants Area km²
1 Ringsaker kommune Ringsaker 34,151 1,125
2 Hamar kommune Hamar 30,930 339
3 Elverum kommune Elverum 21,123 1,221
4 Stange kommune Stange 20,646 642
5 Kongsvinger kommune Kongsvinger 17,934 965
6 Sør-Odal kommune Sør-Odal 7,884 487
7 Løten kommune Løten 7,615 363
8 Åsnes kommune Åsnes 7,279 1,015
9 Trysil kommune Trysil 6,567 2,957
10 Eidskog kommune Eidskog 6,142 604
11 Tynset kommune Tynset 5,605 1,831
12 Nord-Odal kommune Nord-Odal 5,097 476
13 Grue kommune Grue 4,740 787
14 Åmot kommune Åmot 4,480 1,306
15 Våler kommune Våler 3,680 685
16 Stor-Elvdal kommune Stor-Elvdal 2,490 2,144
17 Alvdal kommune Alvdal 2,424 927
18 Os Hedmark kommune Os 1,936 1,013
19 Rendalen kommune Rendalen 1,827 3,073
20 Folldal kommune Folldal 1,569 1,266
21 Tolga kommune Tolga 1,553 1,101
22 Engderdal kommune Engerdal 1,294 1,921
Total Hedmark fylke Hedmark 196,966 27,388
Number of minorities (1st and 2nd gen.)
in Hedmark by country of origin in 2017
Nationality Population (2017)
 Poland 2,204
 Sweden 1,421
 Somalia 1,125
 Lithuania 1,119
 Eritrea 948
 Germany 746
 Iraq 721
 Thailand 694
 Afghanistan 620
 Syria 608
 Denmark 605
 Vietnam 572
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 539
 Iran 503
 Netherlands 418
 Russia 418
 Kosovo 416
 Philippines 369




  • Alvdal
  • Austmarka (Østmark)
  • Brandval
  • Brøttum
  • Deset
  • Drevsjø (Drevsjøhytte)
  • Eidskog
  • Elverum
  • Engerdal
  • Finnskog
  • Folldal
  • Furnes
  • Gjesås
  • Grue
  • Hamar
  • Helgøy Kapell
  • Hof
  • Innset
  • Kongsvinger
  • Kvikne
  • Lundersæter
  • Løten
  • Mo
  • Nes
  • Nord-Odal
  • Nordre-Osen
  • Opstad
  • Os (Dalsbygda)
  • Ottestad
  • Rendal
  • Rendalen
  • Revholt
  • Ringsaker
  • Romedal
  • Sand
  • Sollia
  • Stange
  • Stavsjø (Ballishol)
  • Stor Elvdal
  • Strand
  • Strøm
  • Sør-Odal
  • Sør Osen
  • Tangen
  • Tolga
  • Trysil
  • Tylldal
  • Tynset
  • Ulleren
  • Vallset (Tomter)
  • Vang
  • Veldre
  • Vestmarka
  • Vingelen
  • Vinger
  • Våler
  • Ytre Rendal
  • Øvre Engerdal
  • Øvre Rendal
  • Åmot
  • Åsnes
  • Odalen Branch (LDS, 1857-1873)
  • Trysil Frimenighet, (1859-1891)


Former Municipalities


  1. ^ Projected population - Statistics Norway
  2. ^ Statistics Norway - Church of Norway.
  3. ^ Statistics 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
  4. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Hedmark". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "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 2017.

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