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Eidsvoll kommune
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County Akershus
Landscape Romerike
Municipality NO-0237
Administrative centre Sundet
Mayor (2005) Arild Sandahl (Ap)
Official language form Bokmål
 - Total
 - Land
 - Percentage
Ranked 222
457 km²
385 km²
0.14 %
 - Total (2004)
 - Percentage
 - Change (10 years)
 - Density
Ranked 52
0.40 %
9.4 %
Coordinates Template:Coor dm

Data from Statistics Norway (http://www.ssb.no/english/municipalities/0237)

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The center of Eidsvoll - Sundet - and the old bridge

Eidsvoll is a municipality in the county of Akershus, Norway. In addition to being a bedroom community to Oslo, it also has agriculture and forestry industries. The main population and commercial centers are Sundet and Råholt.


Eidsvoll municipality is bordered on the north by Toten and Stange, in the east by Nord-Odal, in Hedmark county. In the adjacent county of Akershus to the southeast lies Nes , to the south lies Ullensaker, and to the west lie Nannestad and Hurdal.


Eidsvoll is mentioned in Viking manuscripts. In the 11th century it became the site of court and assembly (ting) for eastern parts of Norway, replacing Vang in Hedmark. Because of its access to the river Vorma and the lake Mjøsa is has long been provided a thoroughfare to northern parts of inland Norway. Eastern parts of Eidsvoll were for a short time the site of a minor gold rush when gold was found in 1758, and these areas are still known as Gullverket, (the Gold works).

Eidsvoll Verk was opened to smelt iron ore by Christian IV of Denmarkin 1624, relying on the excellent water power from the Andelva river. In 1688 it was owned by the director of the Kongsberg silver mine, Schlanbusch, and remained in his family until 1781. Carsten Anker came into possession of works in 1794, at which time it was in decay since many of the surrounding forests required for charcoal had been depleted. He restored it and set up the production of stoves and similar iron goods. He also took residence in Eidsvoll in 1811, rebuilding the house which is now the Eidsvollbygningen.

Until recently, the main industry of Eidsvoll was agriculture, though the soil is rich in clay.

Eidsvoll was the site where the constitutional assembly met to draft and sign the Norwegian Constitution on May 17 1814. The building (Eidsvollbygningen) in which the meetings were held is today a famous museum.

In 1854, Eidsvoll became the end point for the first train line in Norway from Oslo. This became the transit point for travel with the steamship Skibladner to Hamar, Gjøvik, and Lillehammer.

Henrik Wergeland was the eldest son of Professor Nikolai Wergeland (17801848), who had been a member of the constitutional assembly and was pastor of Eidsvold. Although not born there, the poet and his sister Camilla Collett were brought up in the rectory there.

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Akershus coat of arms

Asker | Aurskog-Høland | Bærum | Eidsvoll | Enebakk | Fet | Frogn | Gjerdrum | Hurdal | Lørenskog | Nannestad | Nes | Nesodden | Nittedal | Oppegård | Rælingen | Skedsmo | Ski | Sørum | Ullensaker | Vestby | Ås


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