Skiptvet is a municipality in Viken county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Meieribyen. Skiptvet was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

Skiptvet kommune
Skiptvet church
Skiptvet church
Coat of arms of Skiptvet kommune
Official logo of Skiptvet kommune
Skiptvet within Viken
Skiptvet within Viken
Coordinates: 59°28′50″N 11°8′40″E / 59.48056°N 11.14444°E / 59.48056; 11.14444Coordinates: 59°28′50″N 11°8′40″E / 59.48056°N 11.14444°E / 59.48056; 11.14444
Administrative centreMeieribyen
 • Mayor (2007)Svein Olav Agnalt (Ap)
 • Total101 km2 (39 sq mi)
 • Land93 km2 (36 sq mi)
 • Rank#384 in Norway
 • Total3,336
 • Rank#251 in Norway
 • Density36/km2 (90/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Increase +8.7%
Official language
 • Norwegian formBokmål
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3015
WebsiteOfficial website
Data from Statistics Norway

General informationEdit


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Skiptvet farm (Old Norse: Skipþveit and/or Skygþveit) because the first church was built here. The meaning of the first element(s) is not known, and the last element is þveit 'clearing in the woods'. Prior to 1889, the name was written Skibtvet.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 27 November 1981. The arms show a silver dragon on a red background. The dragon is derived from a local legend, in which a dragon went to sleep in the local churchyard every morning. In the evening the dragon went back to the forest, where it had its lair. A tarn near the church is still called Dragehullet meaning "the dragon's pit".[3]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Skiptvet by country of origin in 2015[4]
Ancestry Number
  Poland 124
  Syria 32
  Lithuania 27
  Latvia 27
  Sweden 23

Notable peopleEdit


  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 2008-12-15.
  4. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Retrieved 29 June 2015.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Skiptvet at Wikimedia Commons
  •   Østfold travel guide from Wikivoyage
  •   The dictionary definition of Skiptvet at Wiktionary
  • Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway