Hof, Vestfold


Hof is a former municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. It merged into Holmestrand on Jan. 1, 2018. The administrative centre of the former municipality was the village of Hof. The municipality of Hof was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Hof had 3,031 inhabitants as of 1 January 2002.

Hof kommune
Pinsetreffet på Eidsfoss-vsm.jpg
Coat of arms of Hof kommune
Official logo of Hof kommune
Hof within Vestfold
Hof within Vestfold
Coordinates: 59°33′56″N 10°2′10″E / 59.56556°N 10.03611°E / 59.56556; 10.03611Coordinates: 59°33′56″N 10°2′10″E / 59.56556°N 10.03611°E / 59.56556; 10.03611
Administrative centreHof
 • Mayor (2015–2018)Mette Måge Olsen (Ap)
 • Total163 km2 (63 sq mi)
 • Land148 km2 (57 sq mi)
 • Rank#353 in Norway
 • Total3,058
 • Rank#270 in Norway
 • Density20/km2 (50/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Increase +11.2%
Official language
 • Norwegian formBokmål
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0714
WebsiteOfficial website
Data from Statistics Norway

General informationEdit


The municipality (originally the parish) was named after the old Hof farm (Old Norse: Hof), since the first church was built here. The name is identical with the word hof which means "pagan temple (for the Norse Gods)".[2]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 17 July 1992. The arms show three gold-colored water lily leaves on a red background. This was chosen to represent the many small lakes in the municipality. There are three to represent the three church parishes in the municipality. It was designed by Geir Helgen from Buskerud.[3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Hof by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 77
  Lithuania 57
  Germany 28
  Denmark 13
  Netherlands 12


The former municipality of Hof covered 164 square kilometres (63 sq mi), of which 140 square kilometres (54 sq mi) was land, 17.9 square kilometres (6.9 sq mi) was farmland and 125.1 square kilometres (48.3 sq mi) was forests. It consists of the three parishes of Hof, Eidsfoss, and Sundbyfoss. The highest point in Vestfold, Skibergfjell, is located in the northern part of Hof municipality, close to Eidsfoss. Skibergfjell is 632 metres (2,073 ft).


Hof is a typical agricultural and forestry community and its largest industry is a lumber mill. Hof lies in the climate zone best suited for agriculture in Norway. Therefore, wheat is one of the most important agricultural products of the municipality. However, between 1998 and 2008, 40% of the municipality's farms have become inactive, and the agriculture employment rate has dropped to 5,3%. Within the next 10 to 20 years an increased utilization of the municipality's forests is expected (stated August 2008).[5]

Hof is known for its great hunting and fishing resources. 120,000 acres (490 km2) of forest are open for hunting. The hunting is commercialized. About 75 landowners are united in a land owner union (Hof Utmarkslag), and hunters must purchase permits from them (mainly small game hunting).[6]

Annual rates of felled game (2007):[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1907). Norske gaardnavne: Jarlsberg og Larviks amt (in Norwegian) (6 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 53.
  3. ^ "Kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Hof kommune. Archived from the original on 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  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.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2009-11-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Jakt - Hof Kommune". www.hof.kommune.no. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
  7. ^ "Jakt - Hof Kommune". www.hof.kommune.no. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Hof, Vestfold at Wikimedia Commons
  •   The dictionary definition of Hof at Wiktionary
  • Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
  •   Vestfold travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Hofnett (in Norwegian)
  • Eidsfoss (in Norwegian)
  • Visiteidsfoss (in Norwegian)
  • Hofposten (in Norwegian)
  • Vestfoldnett (in Norwegian)
  • Eikeren (in Norwegian)