Modum

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Modum kommune
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Modum komm.svg
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NO 3047 Modum.svg
Modum within Viken
Coordinates: 59°57′27″N9°58′58″E / 59.95750°N 9.98278°E / 59.95750; 9.98278 Coordinates: 59°57′27″N9°58′58″E / 59.95750°N 9.98278°E / 59.95750; 9.98278
Country Norway
County Viken
District Ringerike
Administrative centre Vikersund
Government
  Mayor (2019)Sunni Grøndahl Aamodt (Sp)
Area
  Total515 km2 (199 sq mi)
  Land463 km2 (179 sq mi)
  Rank#204 in Norway
Population
 (2004)
  Total12,594
  Rank#87 in Norway
  Density27/km2 (70/sq mi)
  Change (10 years)
Increase2.svg +3.2%
Demonym(s) Moing/Moding [1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-3047
Official language form Bokmål [2]
Website www.modum.kommune.no
Modum City Hall at Vikersund Modum radhus.jpg
Modum City Hall at Vikersund

Modum is a municipality in Buskerud in Viken county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Vikersund. The municipality of Modum was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

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The area has a long tradition of skiing with several famous skiers. Modum is home to one of the largest ski jumping hills in the world, Vikersundbakken which is situated in Heggen, outside Geithus. The hill record, established in 2017 is a jump of 253.5 metres (832 ft).

General information

Name

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Modum farm (Old Norse: Móðheimr), since the first church was built here. The first element is móða which means "river" (here the Drammenselva river) and the last element is heimr which means "home", "homestead", or "farm". The name of the farm was later changed to Buskerud .

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 15 March 1985. The arms show three wavy silver lines “party per bend sinister” on a blue background. They represent the three main rivers in the municipality: Drammenselva, Snarumselva, and Simoa and the colour blue represents Blaafarveværket. [3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Modum by country of origin in 2017 [4]
AncestryNumber
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 316
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 98
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 87
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 78
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia 76
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea 71
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 71
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 70
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 52
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 48

Geography

The municipality is bordered in the north by Krødsherad and Ringerike, in the east by Hole and Lier, in the south by Øvre Eiker, and in the west by Sigdal.

Communities

The municipality has three main villages: Åmot, Geithus, and Vikersund.

Åmot is the starting point of Kunstnerdalen, which was frequently visited by of several Norwegian 19th and 19th century painters: Christian Krohg, Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude. It also was home to Theodor Kittelsen and Christian Skredsvig. Edvard Munch also painted in Modum. This is also the site of Blaafarveværket whichnow includes a museum and art gallery. [5]

Geithus is the location of two hydroelectric powerplants; Geithusfoss kraftverk and Gravfoss kraftverk. [6]

Vikersund is the municipality administrative center of Modum and the site of the Modum City Hall. It is also the site of Vikersundbakken.

Notable residents

Public service & business

Christopher Hornsrud, ca.1930 Christopher Hornsrud.jpg
Christopher Hornsrud, ca.1930
Maurits Hansen Maurits Hansen.jpg
Maurits Hansen

The Arts

1934 baseball card of Arndt "Art" Jorgens ArtJorgensGoudeycard.jpg
1934 baseball card of Arndt "Art" Jorgens

Sport

Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Modum: [7]

Related Research Articles

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Krødsherad Municipality in Viken, Norway

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Eiker

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Vikersund Place

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Skotselv Village in Østlandet, Norway

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Drammenselva

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Drolsum is a small village in Modum municipality in Buskerud, Norway.

Mjøndalen Place

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Vikersundbakken Ski flying hill in Norway

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Geithus

Geithus is a village in Modum municipality of Buskerud, Norway. It is situated between the villages of Åmot and Vikersund.

Vestfossen

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Simoa

Simoa is the name of a river which flows through the municipalities of Sigdal and Modum in Buskerud County, Norway.

Nicolai Schejtli

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Snarumselva is a river in Buskerud county, Norway. It flows north to south from Krøderen, a lake in Krødsherad municipality, to Geithus, a village in Modum municipality, where it joins the Drammenselva river. The total length of Snarumselva is about 50 km (31 mi) and the total altitude loss is about 100 m (330 ft).

Buskerud District Court is a district court located Buskerud, Norway. This court is based at four different courthouses which are located in Drammen, Hokksund, Kongsberg, and Nesbyen. The court serves the western part of Buskerud which includes cases from 16 municipalities. The court in Drammen accepts cases from the municipalities of Drammen and Lier. The court in Hokksund accepts cases from the municipalities of Øvre Eiker, Modum, Sigdal, and Krødsherad. The court in Kongsberg accepts cases from the municipalities of Flesberg, Kongsberg, Nore og Uvdal, and Rollag. The court in Nesbyen accepts cases from the municipalities of Flå, Hemsedal, Hol, Gol, Nesbyen, and Ål. The court is subordinate to the Borgarting Court of Appeal.

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