Nedre Eiker


Nedre Eiker was a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Eiker. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Mjøndalen. The old municipality of Eiker was divided into Nedre Eiker (lower Eiker) and Øvre Eiker (upper) on 1 July 1885.

Nedre Eiker kommune
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Coat of arms of Nedre Eiker kommune
Official logo of Nedre Eiker kommune
Nedre Eiker within Buskerud
Nedre Eiker within Buskerud
Coordinates: 59°45′53″N 10°2′0″E / 59.76472°N 10.03333°E / 59.76472; 10.03333Coordinates: 59°45′53″N 10°2′0″E / 59.76472°N 10.03333°E / 59.76472; 10.03333
DistrictEiker, Lower Buskerud
Administrative centreMjøndalen
 • Mayor (2018)Bent Inge bye (Ap)
 • Total122 km2 (47 sq mi)
 • Land114 km2 (44 sq mi)
 • Rank#369 in Norway
 • Total21,377
 • Rank#42 in Norway
 • Density187/km2 (480/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Increase +11.5%
Official language
 • Norwegian formBokmål
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0625
WebsiteOfficial website
Data from Statistics Norway

General informationEdit


The Old Norse form of the name was Eikjar. The name is the plural form of eiki which means "oak wood". The meaning of Nedre Eiker is "(the) lower (part of) Eiker". (The municipality of Eiker was divided in 1885.)


The coat-of-arms was granted on 26 June 1970. The arms show three gold-colored oak leaves on a red background. The arms are canting because the meaning of the name (Eik) comes from the word for oak.[3]

(See also coat-of-arms of Eigersund, Songdalen, Tingvoll and Øvre Eiker)

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Nedre Eiker by country of origin in 2017[4]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 768
  Turkey 488
  Vietnam 410
  Lithuania 290
  Afghanistan 239
  Iraq 230
  India 198
  Iran 170
  Kosovo 143
  Sweden 136


Drammenselva river
Nedre Eiker bridge
Nedre Eiker Church

The municipality is located in the southern part of Buskerud county. It borders the municipalities of Lier, Drammen, Hof, and Øvre Eiker. The majority of the residents live in the villages of Mjøndalen, Krokstadelva, Solbergelva, and Steinberg.

The Drammenselva river flows through the municipality of Nedre Eiker. It is one of the largest rivers in Norway, with a course running from Tyrifjorden in the north to Drammensfjord in the south.

Churches in Nedre EikerEdit

  • Mjøndalen Church[citation needed]
  • Nedre Eiker Church[5]
  • Solberg Chapel[6]
  • Tabor Chapel[7]

Notable residentsEdit

Sister citiesEdit

The following cities are twinned with Nedre Eiker:[8]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  5. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Nedre Eiker kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Solberg kapell". Norske Kirkebygg. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tabor kapell". Norske Kirkebygg. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Vennskaps- og samarbeidsavtale" (in Norwegian). Nedre Eiker kommune. Archived from the original on 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2009-01-10.

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