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Skedsmo kommune
Bild från Lillestrom 2.JPG
Coat of arms of Skedsmo kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Skedsmo kommune
Akershus within
Skedsmo within Akershus
Skedsmo within Akershus
Coordinates: 59°58′58″N 11°2′47″E / 59.98278°N 11.04639°E / 59.98278; 11.04639
Administrative centreLillestrøm
 • Mayor (2006)Anita Orlund (Ap)
 • Total77 km2 (30 sq mi)
 • Land75 km2 (29 sq mi)
Area rank398 in Norway
 • Total50,724
 • Rank14 in Norway
 • Density615/km2 (1,590/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0231
Official language formBokmål

Skedsmo is a municipality in Akershus county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Romerike. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Lillestrøm. About one third of the municipal population lives in Lillestrøm. Other important towns are Skedsmokorset, Skjetten and Strømmen. A smaller settlement adjoining Lillestrøm is Kjeller.

The local newspaper is Romerikes Blad (circulation 39,139 in 2004). The paper comes out daily.

General information


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Skedsmo farm (Old Norse: Skeiðsmór), since the first church was built here. The first element is the genitive case of skeið which means "running track for horse racing" and the last element is mór which means "heath" or "moor".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 October 1974. The arms show three silver horse heads with waving manes on a red background. The arms are canting from the old Norse word skeiðismór which means a field used for horse racing, hence the waving manes of the horses. The arms were designed by Finn Fagerli from Lillestrøm.[2][3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Skedsmo by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
 Pakistan 1,417
 Vietnam 1,350
 Poland 1,069
 Iraq 889
 Sri Lanka 803
 Iran 722
 Afghanistan 611
 Sweden 475
 Lithuania 453
 Turkey 409
 India 351
 Syria 347
 Russia 293
 Eritrea 283
 Denmark 251


Skedsmo was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Lørenskog and Lillestrøm was separated from Skedsmo as municipalities of their own on 1 January 1908. Lillestrøm was, however, merged back into the municipality of Skedsmo on 1 January 1962.

In this area, the tribe of Raumas fought against King Olav Haraldsson, patron saint of Norway, in 1028. The area has become an important part of Norway's industrial history. Strømmens Værksted built the country's first trains, at Kjeller airplanes were constructed up to World War II, the sawmills at Lillestrøm processed lumber from the great forests, and a number of other entreprises have been important.

Notable residents


The head office of Accident Investigation Board Norway is located in Lillestrøm, Skedsmo.[5] and led by Grete Myhre.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Skedsmo:[6]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  3. ^ "Om Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Skedsmo kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Contact us." Accident Investigation Board Norway. Retrieved on January 13, 2011. "Visiting address: Sophie Radichsvei 17 N-2003 Lillestrøm."
  6. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Skedsmo kommune. Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2008-12-20.

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