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Asker

Asker kommune
Municipality
Coat of arms of Asker kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Asker kommune
Akershus within
Norway
Asker within Akershus
Asker within Akershus
Coordinates:
Country Norway
County Akershus
District Viken, Norway
Administrative centre Asker
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Lene Conradi (H)
Area
 • Total 101 km2 (39 sq mi)
 • Land 97 km2 (37 sq mi)
Area rank 385 in Norway
Population (2014)
 • Total 59,037
 • Rank 11 in Norway
 • Density 585/km2 (1,520/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 15.7 %
Demonym(s) Askerbøring[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0220
Official language form Bokmål
Website .no.kommune.askerwww
Data from Statistics Norway

Asker is a municipality in Akershus county, Norway. It is part of the Viken traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Asker. The municipality is a suburb of Oslo, the national capital. Asker was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

Contents

  • Introduction 1
    • Name 1.1
    • Coat-of-arms 1.2
    • Place of the Millenium 1.3
  • Geography 2
  • Ethnic and foreign minority 3
  • Culture 4
  • Politics 5
  • History 6
    • The Maud 6.1
  • Notable residents – 'Askerbøringer' 7
  • Sister cities 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Introduction

Name

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Asker farm, since the first church was built here. The name (Old Norse: Askar) is the plural form of ask which means "ash tree".

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 7 October 1975. The arms show a green background with three silver-colored tree trunks (Norwegian: askekaller) and are thus canting arms. The trees are ashes, which were cropped every year to provide food for the animals. The trees thus developed after many years a very typical shape, which was characteristic for the area.[3][4]

Place of the Millenium

In 1998, just before the millennium, the 'Askerbøringer' (the inhabitants of Asker) elected the beautiful area of Semsvannet including the mountain ridge Skaugumsåsen – to be their Place of the Millenium.

Geography

Its main parts are Asker, Gullhella, Høn, Hvalstad, Billingstad, Nesøya, Nesbru, and Heggedal. Asker is a notably coastal place with many beautiful beaches, but it is also a place of hills and woods. The district is known for many important businesses. It is also known for gardening. The Skaugum estate, where Crown Prince Haakon of Norway lives with his family, is situated here. The first IKEA store outside of Sweden opened in Asker in 1963 .

Ethnic and foreign minority

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Asker by country of origin in 2015[5]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 1,811
 Sweden 799
 Somalia 515
 Denmark 452
 Pakistan 444
 Lithuania 407
 Iran 405
 India 396
 Germany 364
 United Kingdom 346
 Philippines 318
 Iraq 290
 Russia 254
 Afghanistan 230
 Vietnam 202

Culture

Although Asker is principally a rural municipality, the expansion of Oslo has resulted in its becoming an affluent suburb. Thus numerous celebrities now reside in the area. According to SSB (Statistics Norway), Asker ranks as the 2nd wealthiest municipality in Norway based on median household income.

Asker is also the home of the Frisk Tigers, who won the Norwegian Hockey championship in 1975, 1979, and 2002. Asker Skiklubb is the largest sports club in Norway. It has a long history dating back to 1889. Many of Asker's famous people have been successful individuals associated with the sports club.

Asker, more notably Blakstad, was a stronghold for the Baglers, who contended with the Birkebeiners during a civil war during the Viking period.

The city is the home of Asker svømmeklubb. Asker women's football club has been home to many international players including four who played in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China.

Politics

Asker is politically dominated by the conservatives, and the mayor is Lene Conradi who is a member of the Conservative Party of Norway (Høyre).

History

The Maud

In 1916 (or 1917) the Maud, which had been built in local shipyards, was launched into Oslofjord. The ship which had been constructed and built especially for Roald Amundsen and was to sail through the Northeast Passage. After being seized by creditors in Seattle, Washington, United States, she was sold to the Hudson's Bay Company as a supply vessel. After being renamed the Baymaud she sailed to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada where, in 1930, she sprung a leak and sank. In 1990, the ship was sold by the Hudson's Bay Company to the town with the expectation that she would be returned to Asker. Although a Cultural Properties Export permit was issued, the price tag to repair and move the ship was 230 million kroner ($43,200,000) and the permit expired.[6][7][8]

Notable residents – 'Askerbøringer'

Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Asker:[9]

References

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Projected population – Statistics Norway
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Askers kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Asker kommune. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Underwater Treasure of Cambridge Bay". Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Saving the Maud". Nunavut News/North Monday. 20 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Cambridge Bay at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre". 
  9. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Asker kommune. Archived from the original on 8 August 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  10. ^ "Sister cities of Jakobstad". jakobstad.fi. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

External links

  • Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
  • Akershus travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Asker municipality's official website (Norwegian)
  • / Asker sentrum
  • Asker Museum (Norwegian)
  • Asker public library
  • Asker skiklubb (Norwegian)
  • Visit Asker – official website and visitors guide for Asker
  • Frisk Asker Tigers (Norwegian)
  • Budstikka (local newspaper for Asker and Bærum) (Norwegian)
  • Asker videregående skole (School for Upper Secondary Education) (Norwegian)
  • The Open University in Asker (Folkeuniversitetet) (Norwegian)
  • Church of Asker (Norwegian)
  • Asker Svømmeklubb (Norwegian)
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