Nedre Eiker kommune
Nedre Eiker within Buskerud
|District||Eiker, Lower Buskerud|
|• Mayor (2018)||Bent Inge bye (Ap)|
|• Total||122 km2 (47 sq mi)|
|• Land||114 km2 (44 sq mi)|
|Area rank||369 in Norway|
|• Rank||42 in Norway|
|• Density||187/km2 (480/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||11.5%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0625|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Nedre 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 Mjøndalen. The old municipality of Eiker was divided into Nedre Eiker (lower Eiker) and Øvre Eiker (upper) on 1 July 1885.
The Old Norse form of the name was Eikjar. The name is the plural form of eiki which means "oak wood". The meaning of Nedre Eiker is "(the) lower (part of) Eiker". (The municipality of Eiker was divided in 1885.)
The coat-of-arms was granted on 26 June 1970. The arms show three gold-colored oak leaves on a red background. The arms are canting because the meaning of the name (Eik) comes from the word for oak.
The municipality is located in the southern part of Buskerud county. It borders the municipalities of Lier, Drammen, Hof, and Øvre Eiker. The majority of the residents live in the villages of Mjøndalen, Krokstadelva, Solbergelva, and Steinberg.
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