Svelvik [ˈsvæ̀ɽviːk] is a town in Drammen municipality, Viken county. It is also a former municipality, which was a part of former Vestfold county.

Coordinates: 59°37′25″N 10°22′18″E / 59.62361°N 10.37167°E / 59.62361; 10.37167Coordinates: 59°37′25″N 10°22′18″E / 59.62361°N 10.37167°E / 59.62361; 10.37167
 • Total58 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Land56 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Rank419
 • Total6,445
 • Rank153
 • Density115/km2 (300/sq mi)

The town of Svelvik was separated from the rural municipality of Strømm to become a municipality of its own in 1845. The two municipalities were merged back together on 1 January 1964.

General informationEdit


The Old Norse form of the name was Sverðvík. The first element is sverð n 'sword', the last element is vík f 'cove, wick'. A neighbouring farm has the name Sverstad (Norse Sverðstaðir). The word sverð probably refers to the promontory ridge Ryggen ('the back') in Hurum: This ridge lies right opposite Svelvik and Sverstad, and is almost (like a sword) cutting the Drammensfjord in two parts.[1]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 September 1964. The arms show a gold-colored trident on a red background, as a symbol for the sea.[2][3]


The Svelvik ferry line is the shortest in Norway.

The narrow Svelvikstrømmen sound separates Svelvik from the municipality of Asker, and the county of Viken. This sound is served by a ferry, which has the shortest line in Norway.

The village is quite characteristic, with small winding streets and traditional, white-painted houses. Svelvik has many venues for swimming and sunbathing.


The newspaper Svelviksposten is published in Svelvik.[4]

Notable residentsEdit

Gallery of SvelvikEdit


  1. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1907). Norske gaardnavne: Jarlsberg og Larviks amt (in Norwegian) (6 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri.
  2. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  3. ^ "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Svelvik kommune. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon: Svelviksposten.

External linksEdit

  • Svelvik kommune
  • Detailed statistics for Svelvik kommune[permanent dead link]
  • Local news from Svelviksposten
  • Photographs of Svelvik 1904-1938
  • Culture in Svelvik map[permanent dead link] from
  • Historical archives of the current Svelvik kommune at Arkivportalen [no]
  • Historical archives of the former Svelvik kommune at Arkivportalen [no]
  • Historical archives of the former Strømm kommune at Arkivportalen [no]
  •   Media related to Svelvik (former municipality) at Wikimedia Commons
  •   The dictionary definition of Svelvik at Wiktionary
  • Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
  •   Vestfold travel guide from Wikivoyage