Vestre Slidre

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Vestre Slidre kommune
Kvaale Vestre Slidre.jpg
Vestre Slidre komm.svg
Coat of arms
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Innlandet within
Norway
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Vestre Slidre within Innlandet
Coordinates: 61°3′38″N8°55′2″E / 61.06056°N 8.91722°E / 61.06056; 8.91722 Coordinates: 61°3′38″N8°55′2″E / 61.06056°N 8.91722°E / 61.06056; 8.91722
Country Norway
County Innlandet
District Valdres
Administrative centre Slidre
Government
  Mayor (2011)Lars Kvissel (V/LL)
Area
  Total463 km2 (179 sq mi)
  Land421 km2 (163 sq mi)
Area rank217 in Norway
Population
 (2004)
  Total2,304
  Rank317 in Norway
  Density5/km2 (10/sq mi)
  Change (10 years)
-9.7%
Demonym(s) Vestreslidring [1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-3452
Official language form Nynorsk [2]
Website www.vestre-slidre.kommune.no

Vestre Slidre is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Slidre. The old municipality of Slidre was divided into Vestre Slidre and Øystre Slidre in 1849.

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General information

Name

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Slidre farm (Old Norse: Slíðrar), since the first church was built here. The name is probably derived from slíðr which means "sheath" (which is probably referring to a long depression near the church). The meaning of the name Vestre Slidre is "(the) western (part of) Slidre" (since the parish and municipality of Slidre was divided in 1849.) [3]

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms was made official in 1987, but it originally was a seal belonging to a medieval nobleman from the district.

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Vestre Slidre by country of origin in 2017 [4]
AncestryNumber
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 29
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 23
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea 18

History

High above Slidre there is an ancient burial ground called the Garberg site. At this site, there is a runestone which reads I Godguest wrote the runes. This stone is known as the Einang stone.

Vestre Sildre figures prominently in the Norse Sagas:

Churches

Geography

View over Lomen from the Garberg site, with Vang slightly to the left and Jotunheimen in the background. Down by the lake and to the right is Lomen. Vestre Slidre.JPG
View over Lomen from the Garberg site, with Vang slightly to the left and Jotunheimen in the background. Down by the lake and to the right is Lomen.

Vestre Slidre is bordered to the northwest by the municipality of Vang, to the northeast by Øystre Slidre, to the east by Nord-Aurdal, and to the southwest by Hemsedal.

Vestre Slidre is part of the Valdres region in south-central Norway. It is situated between Gudbrandsdal and Hallingdal.

Notable residents

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References

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  2. "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (Anden halvdel) (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 285. Archived from the original on 25 December 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  4. "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". ssb.no. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
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