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Sigdal kommune

Coordinates: 60°3′9″N 9°36′4″E / 60.05250°N 9.60111°E / 60.05250; 9.60111Coordinates: 60°3′9″N 9°36′4″E / 60.05250°N 9.60111°E / 60.05250; 9.60111{{#coordinates:60|3|9|N|9|36|4|E|region:NO_type:city |primary |name=

Country Norway
County Buskerud
Administrative centre Prestfoss
 • Mayor (2007) Kari Kolbræk Ask (Sp)
 • Total 842 km2 (325 sq mi)
 • Land 811 km2 (313 sq mi)
Area rank 130 in Norway
Population (2004)
 • Total 3,530
 • Rank 244 in Norway
 • Density 4/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -3.9 %
Demonym Sigdøl or Sigdøling[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0621
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Sigdal is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Prestfoss.[2]

The municipality of Sigdal was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The area of Krødsherad was separated from Sigdal on 1 January 1901. The municipality has common borders with the municipalities of Flå, Krødsherad, Modum, Øvre Eiker, Flesberg, Rollag, and Nore og Uvdal.


The Old Norse form of the name was Sigmardalr or Sigmudalr. The first element is the genitive case of a river name Sigm(a) (now called the Simoa) and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The Simoa river runs through Sigdal, flowing in a south-easterly course until it flows into Drammenselva at Åmot in Modum. The meaning of the river name is unknown, but is maybe derived from síga which means to "ooze" or "slide".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 18 November 1983. The arms show a heraldic image of the mountain that dominates the view around the village, the Andersnatten. The profile of the mountain is yellow with a blue-colored sky above.[3]

Geography and population

Most of the citizens live in the village of Eggedal or the administrative centre of Prestfoss. Sigdal is densely populated, dominated by mountains and valleys.

About 72% of the area is covered with forest, 20% is mountain areas, and 4% of the area is cultivated. Agriculture, forestry, and the kitchen-producing enterprise of Sigdal Kjøkken are still important industries.

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Holmen Church in Sigdal

Local Attractions

  • Folk Music Center (Folkemusikksenteret) is a cultural heritage museum offering a good image of the building style and traditions of the district. The Folk Music Center is principally responsible for collecting, storing and promoting local folk music and dance.
  • Sigdal-Eggedal Museum is a regional museum for Krødsherad, Modum and Sigdal. This museum dedicated to the region's culture and history is arranged particularly authentically.
  • Holmen Church in Sigdal dates to 1855.
  • Lauvlia is the former home of Theodor Kittelsen, one of the most popular artists in Norway, who settled near Prestfoss during 1899. Today Lauvlia is a private museum featuring an exhibition of Kittelsen’s original work
  • Andersnatten is a well-known mountain and landmark. The mountain has inspired painters visiting or living in Sigdal, notably Theodor Kittelsen and Christian Skredsvig. It is recognized by mountain climbers as a tough challenge.
File:Trillemarka langseterfjell.jpg
Trillemarka nature reserve

Protected areas in Sigdal Municipality

  • Heimseteråsen nature reserve, established on 13 December 2002, 2,515 acres
  • Solevatn nature reserve, established 20 June 1986, 538 acres
  • Trillemarka nature reserve, established on 13 December 2002, 43,285 acres
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Map of Sigdal

Notable residents

Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Sigdal:

See also


  1. "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. Sigdal (Store norske leksikon)
  3. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  4. "Norrænt samstarf" (in íslenska). Hveragerði. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  5. "Vänorter" (in svenska). Örnsköldsvik kommun. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 

Other sources

  • Mørch, Andreas & Thormod Skatvedt Sigdal og Eggedal (Sigdal og Eggedal, 1914)
  • Mørch, Andreas Frå gamle dagar. Folkeminne frå Sigdal og Eggedal (Norsk Folkeminnelag: 1932)

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