Svelvik

Summary

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

Svelvik
Svelvik.jpg
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
Area
 • Total58 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Land56 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Rank419
Population
 (2004)
 • 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

NameEdit

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]

Coat-of-armsEdit

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]

GeographyEdit

 
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.

MediaEdit

The newspaper Svelviksposten is published in Svelvik.[4]

Notable residentsEdit

Gallery of SvelvikEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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
  • Svelvikportalen.no
  • 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 Kulturnett.no
  • 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