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Gjøvik kommune
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Central Gjøvik
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Innlandet within
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Gjøvik within Innlandet
Coordinates: 60°47′33″N10°41′42″E / 60.79250°N 10.69500°E / 60.79250; 10.69500 Coordinates: 60°47′33″N10°41′42″E / 60.79250°N 10.69500°E / 60.79250; 10.69500
Country Norway
County Innlandet
District Vest-Oppland
Administrative centreGjøvik
  Mayor (2014)Bjørn Iddberg
  Total672 km2 (259 sq mi)
  Land630 km2 (240 sq mi)
Area rank165 in Norway
  Rank28 in Norway
  Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
  Change (10 years)
Demonym(s) Gjøvikenser
Gjøvikensar [1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-3407
Official language form Bokmål [2]
Website www.gjovik.kommune.no

Loudspeaker.svg Gjøvik   is a town and a municipality in Innlandet (formerly Oppland) [3] county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Gjøvik.


In 1861, the village of Gjøvik in the municipality of Vardal was granted town status and was separated from Vardal to form a separate municipality. On 1 January 1964, the neighboring rural municipalities of Biri, Snertingdal, and Vardal were all merged into the municipality of Gjøvik.


The town is named after the old Gjøvik farm (Old Norse: Djúpvík), consisting of the elements djúpr "deep" and vík "inlet". [4]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms were granted on 2 September 1960. The arms show a white swan ( Cygnus cygnus ).

The former coat of arms, adopted in 1922, was a linden tree, with the statement Vis et voluntas (meaning "Force and will") on the lower part of the shield. The following design was a so-called "potpourri" vase, the most significant design of the glassworks that was the funding industry of the town. [5]


Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Gjøvik by country of origin in 2017 [6]
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 439
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia 283
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 243
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia-Herzegovina 197
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 194
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 178
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea 171
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 156
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 143
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 125
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 114
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 106


Along with Hamar, Lillehammer, Brumunddal and Moelv, Gjøvik is one of the many towns bordering Norway's biggest lake, Mjøsa. The town administration of Gjøvik also covers the suburb area Hunndalen and the rural districts of Biri, Snertingdal, and Vardal. The municipal population is 28,807 (2010). About 16,000 people live in the urban area proper.

Gjøvik is bordered on the north by Lillehammer municipality, in the south by Østre Toten and Vestre Toten, and in the west by Søndre Land and Nordre Land. Across Lake Mjøsa to the east lies Ringsaker municipality in Hedmark.

The highest point is Ringsrudåsen with a height of 842 metres (2,762 ft).


Gjøvik owes much of its early growth to the local glassworks, which were established there by Caspar Kauffeldt in 1807. In the early 19th century, there was considerable immigration there from Valdres and Western Norway, aiding Gjøvik's growth. It was granted a town charter in 1861. Later, O. Mustad & Son became one of the world's largest manufacturers of fish hooks. [7] [ page needed ]

Today Hoff Potetindustrier, Hunton Fiber and Natre Vinduer are some of the industrial companies operating from Gjøvik. The town is also a port for the former traffic ship, Skibladner , which is now a tourist ship.

The local paper is the Oppland Arbeiderblad . It was formerly a Labour Party newspaper. Defunct newspapers include Oplændingen and Velgeren (Labour Democrat/Liberal), Samhold (Liberal, later Agrarian) and Ny Dag (Communist).

Gjøvik has two notable hotels, the Grand hotel and the Strand hotel.

There have been three notable concerts held in Gjøvik's history, which starred Toto, Robbie Williams and Bryan Adams (June 2011).

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Gjøvik Church

Gjøvik Church

Gjøvik Church (Gjøvik kirke) was designed by architect Jacob Wilhelm Nordan. The wooden structure was built between 1881-82. Both the church buildings and fixtures are designed in Gothic Revival architecture. The exterior of the church has contrasting colors on wall surfaces and bearing structures. The altarpiece was painted by artist, Asta Nørregaard. The churchyard has a monument dedicated to the memory of Lutheran missionary, Paul Olaf Bodding. The church was restored during 1927, 1960, 2004-2005 and in 2009. [8] [9]


Notable people from Gjøvik

Baltazar Mathias Keilhau, 1857 Baltazar Mathias Keilhau.jpg
Baltazar Mathias Keilhau, 1857
Paul Olaf Bodding, 1925 Portrait of Paul Olaf Bodding (1865-1938).jpg
Paul Olaf Bodding, 1925

Public Service & public thinking

The Arts

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Per Elvestuen, 2015


Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, 2019 20190227 FIS NWSC Seefeld Medal Ceremony Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg 850 5297 (cropped).jpg
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, 2019

Twin towns – sister cities

Gjøvik is twinned with: [12]

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A panorama of Gjøvik

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