Gjøvik within Innlandet
|• Mayor (2014)||Bjørn Iddberg|
|• Total||672 km2 (259 sq mi)|
|• Land||630 km2 (240 sq mi)|
|Area rank||165 in Norway|
|• Rank||28 in Norway|
|• Density||44/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||2.8%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-3407|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Gjøvik (help·info) is a town and a municipality in Innlandet (formerly Oppland) 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".
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.
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. [ 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).
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.
Gjøvik is twinned with:
Lillehammer is a town and municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Gudbrandsdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Lillehammer. As of 2018, the population of the town of Lillehammer was 28,034. The city centre is a late nineteenth-century concentration of wooden houses, which enjoys a picturesque location overlooking the northern part of lake Mjøsa and the river Lågen, surrounded by mountains. Lillehammer hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics and 2016 Winter Youth Olympics. Before Oslo's withdrawal from consideration, it was included as part of a bid to host events in the 2022 Winter Olympics if Oslo were to win the rights to hold the Games.
Oppland[ˈɔ̂plɑn](listen) was until 1 January 2020 a county in Norway bordering to the counties of Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Akershus, Oslo and Hedmark. The county administration was located in Lillehammer.
Eidsvoll (help·info) is a municipality in Akershus in Viken county, Norway. It is part of the Romerike traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Sundet.
Ringsaker (help·info) is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hedmarken. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Brumunddal.
Østre Toten is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Toten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lena.
Vestre Toten is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Toten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the small town of Raufoss.
Nordre Land is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Land. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Dokka.
PS Skibladner is the only paddle steamer operating in Norway, it sails on lake Mjøsa.
Mjøsa is Norway's largest lake, as well as one of the deepest lakes in Norway and in Europe. It is the fourth-deepest lake in Norway. It is located in the southern part of Norway, about 100 km north of Oslo. Its main tributary is Gudbrandsdalslågen in the north; the only distributary is Vorma in the south. Inflows would theoretically need 5.6 years to fill the lake. With an average depth of 153 meters, most of the lake's volume is under sea level. Average outflow is 316 m3/s or 9959 million m3. Mjøsa contains about 56 km3 of water compared to 15 km3 of Røssvatnet, the second largest volume of lakes in Norway.
Lena is the administrative centre of Østre Toten municipality, Innlandet county, Norway.
Eina is a village in Vestre Toten municipality, Innlandet county, Norway. The population is 677. The village is one of the destinations on the Gjøvik Line, between Jaren and Raufoss. Eina is located a mere 12 km south of Raufoss, and has its center just north of Einavatnet. From Einavatnet comes the river Hunnselva which travels north to Mjøsa. Some 1,500 people inhabit the area surrounding the lake, not including Eina.
Paul Olaf Bodding was a Norwegian missionary, linguist and folklorist.
Biri is a village in the municipality of Gjøvik, Innlandet county, Norway. It was formerly classified as a municipality.
Snertingdal is a former municipality in Oppland county, Norway.
Vardal is a former municipality in Oppland county, Norway.
The Market towns of Hedmark and Oppland counties was an electoral district for parliamentary elections in Norway. It comprised the market towns of Hamar and Kongsvinger in Hedmark county and Lillehammer and Gjøvik in Oppland county.
Hans Hansen Schikkelstad was a Norwegian farmer, businessperson and politician. He was the founder of the business which became O. Mustad & Søn.
Knut Villy Korsæth is a Norwegian former educator, sports official and politician for the Labour Party. Mainly working as a school director during his professional life, he was also involved in politics and sports administration where he lived. His highest office was that of County Governor, and he was also a member of the board of the Norwegian Confederation of Sports.
Hunndalen is a commercial and residential area of Gjøvik municipality, Innlandet County. The area is considered to be one of districts of Gjøvik and is approximately three kilometers west of downtown Gjøvik.
Innlandet is a county in Norway. It was created on 1 January 2020 with the merger of the old counties of Oppland and Hedmark. The new county has an area of 52,113 square kilometres (20,121 sq mi), making it the second largest county in Norway after Troms og Finnmark county. The county has widespread cell coverage and is known for its holiday cottages. Innlandet has a film festival in which young people make nearly 1,000 short films annually. More than half of the world's glacial archeological finds have been found in Innlandet county. These objects are often related to hunting and trapping, including a 6000 year old arrow shaft.
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