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Drammen kommune

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Drammen within Viken
Coordinates: 59°44′16″N10°12′18″E / 59.73778°N 10.20500°E / 59.73778; 10.20500 Coordinates: 59°44′16″N10°12′18″E / 59.73778°N 10.20500°E / 59.73778; 10.20500
Country Norway
County Viken
District Buskerud
Administrative centreDrammen
  Mayor (2019)Monica Myrvold Berg (Ap)
  Total137 km2 (53 sq mi)
  Land135 km2 (52 sq mi)
Area rank366 in Norway
 (30 September 2020)
  Total101,738 Increase2.svg
  Rank6 in Norway
  Change (10 years)
Demonym(s) Drammenser [1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-3005
Official language form Bokmål [2]
Website www.drammen.kommune.no

Drammen is a city and municipality in Viken, Norway. The port and river city of Drammen is centrally located in the eastern and most populated part of Norway. Drammen municipality also includes smaller towns and villages such as Konnerud, Svelvik, Mjøndalen and Skoger.



Drammen is located west of the Oslofjord and is situated approximately 44 km South-west of Oslo. There are more than 68,000 inhabitants in the municipality, but the city is the regional capital of an area with more than 150,000 inhabitants. Drammen and the surrounding communities are growing more than ever before. The city makes good use of the river and inland waterway called Drammensfjord, both for recreation, activities and housing. No city in the country has received as many awards for environmental and urban development as Drammen: 6 national and 2 international prizes since 2003. [3] [4]

Name and coat of arms

The Old Norse form of the city's name was Drafn, and this was originally the name of the inner part of Drammensfjord. The fjord is, however, probably named after the river Drammenselva (Norse Drǫfn), and this again is derived from drǫfn f 'wave'. [5] The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 17 November 1960. The arms are blue with a gray/silver column on top of a foundation of rocks. A key and a Viking sword are crossed in the middle forming an x. It is based upon the old seal dating from 1723 for Bragernes, one of the central parts of Drammen. The motto for Bragernes (in Latin) was In Fide Et Justitia Fortitudo (English: in faith and justice is strength), and the items in the seal are referring to this: key = faith, sword = justice, column on rocks = strength. [6]


On January 1, 2020, the municipalities of Svelvik, Nedre Eiker and Drammen merged to form «The New Drammen Municipality». The new municipality, which is now called Drammen, is located in Viken County and is Norway’s seventh largest with over 100,000 residents. The main seat of the Greater Municipality is located in the city of Drammen. Drammen city has 69.000 inhabitans, but serves as a regional centre for an area with a population of about 160.000. The city is the country’s record champion in environment and urban development, 21 prices since 2003 with 16 national and 5 international.


After the merger of the municipalities Drammen, Nedre Eiker and Svelvik in 2020, the municipality was then divided into ten municipal regions:


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Map of the urban area of Drammen
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Map of Drammensfjorden


Rock carvings at Åskollen and Austad are 6000 to 7000 years old, and are the first signs of human activity in the area. The largest rock carving at Åskollen depicts a moose.

Drammen originally consisted of three small seaports: Bragernes (on the northern side of the Drammenselva river) and Strømsø and Tangen (both on the southern side of the river). For trade purposes, small seaports were placed under market towns. Despite their geographical proximity, Bragernes was placed under Christiania and Strømsø under Tønsberg. For this reason, cooperation between the adjacent seaport towns was almost impossible.

In 1662, a merger was proposed to unite Strømsø and Bragernes to form a market town with the name Frederiksstrøm. The proposal was rejected by Frederick III of Denmark. Bragernes received limited market town rights in 1715, and merged with Strømsø to gain status as a single city on 19 June 1811. [8]

Its geographical location made the city favorable for seafaring, shipbuilding, log driving, timber trade. During the 19th century, paper and pulp industries were developed. Large parts of the city were ruined in the great fire of 12–13 July 1866, [9] which led to the reconstruction of the city centre, including the characteristic town square and Bragernes church. The Drammen Line (Drammenbanen ) opened in 1872 providing rail service between Drammen and Oslo. [10] [11]

In 1909, Drammen got the first trolleybus system in Scandinavia, the Drammen trolleybus. The lines ran until 1967. For many years the centre of Drammen suffered from heavy traffic. In 1970, Drammen Bridge with two lanes on European route E18 was built (expanded to four lanes in 2006) and in 1999 the opening of the Bragernes tunnel (Bragernestunnelen) diverted additional traffic away from the centre of the city. [12]

In recent years, the city centre has seen the introduction of new housing, shopping facilities, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as a public pathway along the Drammenselva river. [13]

In 2011, Drammen observed its 200th anniversary with many citywide jubilee celebrations. [14] Drammen's district heating system was upgraded to use water-sourced heat pumps, drawing on local fjord water, to support population growth in the city. [15]


Drammen is one of the larger cities in Norway, and lies about 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the capital of Norway, Oslo. The city centre lies at the end of a valley, on both sides of the Drammenselva river, and where the river meets the Drammensfjord. The Holmen island in Drammen is also the main harbor for car and fruit import in Norway.

As of 1 January 2007, the population of the urban area of Drammen is 93,006. Drammen is the sixth largest urban area of Norway and occupies territory in five municipalities: Drammen (with about 61% of the population), Nedre Eiker (23%), Øvre Eiker (8%), Lier (5%), and Røyken (3%). [16]

The Øvre Sund area, situated along Drammenselva, will be regulated by the municipality in order to restore this area's character. The buildings there are from the 18th and 19th century, and contribute, as well as the river and the brewery, to give the city a special identity. [17] In 2008 Drammen won the prestigious prize for the best city development in Europe. [18]


Drammen has a humid continental climate (Dfb). The Drammen-Berskog weather station has been operating since 2004. An earlier weather station named Drammen-Marienlyst (3 m) operated from 1966-2003. The all-time high 35 °C (95 °F) was recorded August 3th 1982, and is a tie with the national high for the month. The all-time low −28 °C (−18 °F) was recorded in January 1987.

Climate data for Drammen 1991-2020 (8 m, avg high/low 2010–2019, extremes 1966-2020 includes earlier station)
Record high °C (°F)13.8
Average high °C (°F)−1.6
Daily mean °C (°F)−3.3
Average low °C (°F)−7.6
Record low °C (°F)−28
Average precipitation mm (inches)59.4
Source 1: eklima.no (extremes) = eklima> [19]
Source 2: yr.no (mean, precipitaiton) [20]


3,322 persons were Polish immigrants as of 2020, or were Norwegian-born with both parents having a background as Polish immigrants.

Minorities (1st and 2nd generation) by country of origin in 2020 [21]
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3,322
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 2,677
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 1,629
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 1,317
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1,230
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 1,140
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia 1,041
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 1,013
Flag of India.svg  India 951
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 899
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 871
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia & Herzegovina 816
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 669
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea 646
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 639


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Aass Brewery
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Øvre sund bridge
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Drammens museum
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Drammen Theater

Aass Brewery

Aass Brewery is the oldest surviving brewery in Norway, and has won acclaim for both its beer and its well-conserved building. Founded in 1834, the brewery's primary products are soft drinks, beer and aquavit. [22]


Drammen Museum

The Drammen Museum of Art and Cultural History includes Marienlyst, a manor house from ca. 1770, museum building from 1930 with the museum's administration, permanent exhibitions and collections, and Lyche pavilion from 1990 with the gallery, temporary exhibitions and museum café, Halling yard, with 5 old buildings, the oldest from 1760s. The museum also includes the two largest preserved like farms in Drammen, Gulskogen Manor and Austad farm. [26]

Drammen Spiral

The Drammen Spiral is a road tunnel that allows access to the Skansen Ridge, 180 m (591 ft) above the town. It opened in 1961 on the site of a former quarry. [27]

Drammen Theater

Drammen Theater in Bragernes was built in 1869 and was designed by architect Emil Victor Langlet. The theater was the first modern theater in the country. It was designed in a complex Renaissance style with symmetrical facades and round arched windows. After Drammen Theater suffered total destruction by fire in December 1993, a new theater was rebuilt on the model of the original house. It was finished during February 1997. [28]


Drammensbadet is a public swimming and training facility located in Marienlyst, Drammen. It was one of the largest in Norway when it opened 1 September 2008. They have five indoor and four outdoor pools. [29]

Bragernes Torg (town square)

Bragernes Torg is the largest town square in Norway and one of the largest in the Nordics [30] [ circular reference ]

Sport clubs

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Bandy field

Notable residents

Public service & business

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Betzy Kjelsberg, 1935
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Thorbjørn Jagland, 2016

The Arts

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Peter Nicolai Arbo, 1874
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Katharina Nuttall, 2010


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Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, 2007

Twin towns – sister cities

Drammen is twinned with: [38]

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