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Øvre Eiker

Øvre Eiker kommune
View of the village of Vestfossen
View of the village of Vestfossen
Coat of arms of Øvre Eiker kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Øvre Eiker kommune
Buskerud within
Øvre Eiker within Buskerud
Øvre Eiker within Buskerud
Coordinates: 59°46′19″N 9°50′10″E / 59.77194°N 9.83611°E / 59.77194; 9.83611
DistrictEiker, Lower Buskerud
Administrative centreHokksund
 • Mayor (2009)Ann Sire Fjerdingstad (H)
 • Total457 km2 (176 sq mi)
 • Land418 km2 (161 sq mi)
Area rank223 in Norway
 • Total15,633
 • Rank62 in Norway
 • Density37/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0624
Official language formBokmål

Øvre 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 Hokksund. The old municipality of Eiker was divided into Øvre Eiker (upper Eiker) and Nedre Eiker (lower) on 1 July 1885.

General information


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


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 24 October 1981. The arms show three silver oak leaves and two acorns on a blue background. The oak is a canting element, since Eik means oak in the Norwegian language.[2]

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

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Øvre Eiker by country of origin in 2017[3]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 611
 Lithuania 267
 Afghanistan 110
 Germany 101
 Iceland 96
 Denmark 87
 Thailand 84
 Eritrea 75
 Iraq 70
 Turkey 67
Øvre Eiker Townhall at Hokksund
Nøstetangen Museum in Hokksund


The municipality is located in the southern part of Buskerud county and is bordered by the municipalities of Kongsberg, Flesberg, Sigdal, Modum, Lier, Nedre Eiker, and Hof.

The administrative center of Hokksund is the largest town in this municipality, with about 8,000 inhabitants. The remaining 7,000 inhabitants live in the villages of Vestfossen, Skotselv, Ormåsen, and Darbu.


Hakavik Power Station, startpoint of 55 kV single phase AC grid for traction current.

Notable residents

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Øvre Eiker:



  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". Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Venskabsbyer" (in Danish). Kerteminde kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  5. ^ "Ystävyyskunnat" (in Finnish). Lempäälä. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  6. ^ "Föreningen Norden" (in Swedish). Ulricehamn kommun. Retrieved 2009-01-10.

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