Viken (county)

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Viken fylke
Viken vapen.svg
Coat of arms
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Viken within Norway
Country Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
County Viken
Region Eastern Norway
County ID NO-30
Administrative centres Oslo (county municipality)
Drammen (county council and functions of the county municipality)
Sarpsborg (functions of the county municipality)
Moss (county governor)
  Total24,592.59 km2 (9,495.25 sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)

Viken [1] is a county in Eastern Norway that was established on 1 January 2020 by the merger of Akershus, Buskerud and Østfold with the addition of three other municipalities.


Both its creation and its name are subjects of strong controversy and Viken is opposed by the counties concerned; the elected regional assembly and county executive of Viken have declared the disestablishment of Viken in 2021 as the main political goal of Viken, while refusing to do anything to merge the counties in practice. The governing platform of Viken describes Viken as "an ill-considered construction". In practice, the existing counties will continue to function with separate county administrations based on their existing infrastructure, in anticipation of their formal reestablishment. [2] The county seat is Oslo, which has been the seat of Akershus county since the Middle Ages. All of Viken is located within the historical Akershus, which included most of Eastern Norway.


In 2017 the Storting voted to merge the counties Akershus, Buskerud and Østfold by force; in addition the Storting voted to include Svelvik municipality from Vestfold, and Jevnaker and Lunner municipalities from Oppland. [3]

Viken county is opposed by the former counties concerned and is highly controversial, with the most common complaint being the inclusion of inland mountain areas like Ål and Hemsedal that lack a cultural connection to the Oslofjord area. [4] On 1 October 2019, the newly elected governing majority parties in the planned county declared their intention of seeking to dissolve Viken and to reestablish the counties of Akershus, Buskerud and Østfold. [5] The current official governing platform of Viken county states that "Viken is an ill-considered construction. The Storting has merged Akershus, Buskerud and Østfold against their will", and declares that the disestablishment of Viken is the main political goal of the current county administration. For the same reason, the county council decided that it will not do anything to merge the counties in practice or establish a common county administration; instead the existing counties will continue to function at their current locations in anticipation of their formal reestablishment. [2]

Viken county takes its name from the historic region of Viken, which during the Viking Age loosely referred to the areas around the Oslofjord, but which became synonymous with Bohuslän (now in Sweden) during the middle ages. In Norway the use of the name Viken was only revived by the Nazi party Nasjonal Samling during the second world war in order to draw parallels to the Viking age; Nasjonal Samling referred to Vestfold and Buskerud as Vest-Viken and Akershus (including most of modern Oslo) and Østfold as Øst-Viken. [6] The new Viken county does not include large parts of the historical Viken, including the region's historical centre Bohuslän, most of Vestfold, or Oslo. [7] Viken County decided that the interim county capital will be Oslo.

Former Director of Oslo Museum Lars Roede described Viken as "an extreme monstrosity that flies in the face of geography and history", "reminiscent of manipulated electoral districts in the United States" and as deeply unpopular in the affected regions. Roede also criticized "the amateurish logos and unhistorical names". Roede termed Viken an example of "Sannermandering," named after the responsible minister Jan Tore Sanner and modelled after the term Gerrymandering. [7]

Coat of arms

The county coat of arms adopted in 2020 was based on a citizen's proposal, meaning that it bears no resemblance to older heraldic arms from the area. Historian Lars Roede criticized the coat of arms as an "amateurish logo"; Roede wrote that the coat of arms "does not adhere to the requirements of good heraldry," would have been rejected by heraldic experts in the National Archives, "looks like three flying saucers under [a] cap" and is "a logo, not a heraldic coat of arms". [7]


Viken County has a total of 51 municipalities: [8] [9]

No.Municipality No.NamePopulation
as at
1 January 2020 [10]
CreatedFormer Municipality No.Former County
13001 Halden 31,373January 1, 20200101 Halden Østfold
23002 Moss 49,273January 1, 20200104 Moss
0136 Rygge
33003 Sarpsborg 56,732January 1, 20200105 Sarpsborg
43004 Fredrikstad 82,385January 1, 20200106 Fredrikstad
53005 Drammen 101,386January 1, 20200602 Drammen
0625 Nedre Eiker
0711 Svelvik Vestfold
63006 Kongsberg 27,723January 1, 20200604 Kongsberg Buskerud
73007 Ringerike 30,641January 1, 20200605 Ringerike
83011 Hvaler 4,668January 1, 20200111 Hvaler Østfold
93012 Aremark 1,325January 1, 20200118 Aremark
103013 Marker 3,595January 1, 20200119 Marker
113014 Indre Østfold 44,792January 1, 20200122 Trøgstad
0123 Spydeberg
0124 Askim
0125 Eidsberg
0138 Hobøl
123015 Skiptvet 3,805January 1, 20200127 Skiptvet
133016 Rakkestad 8,255January 1, 20200128 Rakkestad
143017 Råde 7,508January 1, 20200135 Råde
153018 Våler 5,736January 1, 20200137 Våler
163019 Vestby 18,042January 1, 20200211 Vestby Akershus
173020 Nordre Follo 59,288January 1, 20200213 Ski
0217 Oppegård
183021 Ås 20,439January 1, 20200214 Ås
193022 Frogn 15,877January 1, 20200215 Frogn
203023 Nesodden 19,616January 1, 20200216 Nesodden
213024 Bærum 127,731January 1, 20200219 Bærum
223025 Asker 94,441January 1, 20200220 Asker
0627 Røyken
0628 Hurum
233026 Aurskog-Høland 17,390January 1, 20200121 Rømskog Østfold
0222 Aurskog-Høland Akershus
243027 Rælingen 18,530January 1, 20200228 Rælingen
253028 Enebakk 11,110January 1, 20200229 Enebakk
263029 Lørenskog 41,460January 1, 20200230 Lørenskog
273030 Lillestrøm 85,983January 1, 20200226 Sørum
0227 Fet
0231 Skedsmo
283031 Nittedal 24,249January 1, 20200233 Nittedal
293032 Gjerdrum 6,890January 1, 20200234 Gjerdrum
303033 Ullensaker 39,625January 1, 20200235 Ullensaker
313034 Nes 23,092January 1, 20200236 Nes
323035 Eidsvoll 25,436January 1, 20200237 Eidsvoll
333036 Nannestad 14,139January 1, 20200238 Nannestad
343037 Hurdal 2,854January 1, 20200239 Hurdal
353038 Hole 6,799January 1, 20200612 Hole Buskerud
363039 Flå 1,050January 1, 20200615 Flå
373040 Nesbyen 3,273January 1, 20200616 Nes
383041 Gol 4,608January 1, 20200617 Gol
393042 Hemsedal 2,486January 1, 20200618 Hemsedal
403043 Ål 4,674January 1, 20200619 Ål
413044 Hol 4,441January 1, 20200620 Hol
423045 Sigdal 3,467January 1, 20200621 Sigdal
433046 Krødsherad 2,212January 1, 20200622 Krødsherad
443047 Modum 14,115January 1, 20200623 Modum
453048 Øvre Eiker 19,423January 1, 20200624 Øvre Eiker
463049 Lier 26,811January 1, 20200626 Lier
473050 Flesberg 2,688January 1, 20200631 Flesberg
483051 Rollag 1,390January 1, 20200632 Rollag
493052 Nore og Uvdal 2,439January 1, 20200633 Nore og Uvdal
503053 Jevnaker 6,852January 1, 20200532 Jevnaker Oppland
513054 Lunner 9,048January 1, 20200533 Lunner

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