Coordinates: 59°36′11″N 10°31′5″E / 59.60306°N 10.51806°E / 59.60306; 10.51806
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Hurum Municipality
Hurum kommune
Flag of Hurum Municipality
Coat of arms of Hurum Municipality
Official logo of Hurum Municipality
Hurum within Buskerud
Hurum within Buskerud
Coordinates: 59°36′11″N 10°31′5″E / 59.60306°N 10.51806°E / 59.60306; 10.51806
DistrictLower Buskerud
Administrative centreSætre
 • Mayor (2011)Monica Vee Bratli (H)
 • Total163 km2 (63 sq mi)
 • Land156 km2 (60 sq mi)
 • Rank#354 in Norway
 • Total9 365
 • Rank#120 in Norway
 • Density56/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Increase +11.5%
DemonymHuring or Høring[1]
Official language
 • Norwegian formBokmål
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0628[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Hurum was a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. As of 1 January 2020 Hurum has merged with the municipalities of Røyken and Asker to form the new Asker Municipality located in the newly formed Viken county. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village Sætre. The municipality of Hurum was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The small village of Holmsbu was granted town status in 1847, but it did not become a municipality of its own. It lost its town status on 1 January 1964.

Hurum was once suggested as the location for the new national airport of Norway. The plan was, however, abandoned, due to fears of too much fog in Hurum, and the main airport is now situated at Gardermoen in Akershus.



The Old Norse form of the name was Húðrimar. The meaning of the first element (Húð) is unknown and the last element is the plural form of rimi which means "ridge".[citation needed]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 2 February 1979. The arms show two blue wavy lines on a silver background. This was chosen because the municipality is on a peninsula between two fjords: Oslofjord and Drammensfjord. At the same time the arms are based on the arms of the Huitfeldt family, who played a major role in the local history. The family used a single bend as arms.[4]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Hurum by country of origin in 2017[5]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 230
 Lithuania 146
 Germany 89
 Sweden 65
 Denmark 62
 Syria 40
 Somalia 39
 UK 36


Hurum was the site of the Hurum air disaster on 20 November 1949.[6]

Monument to Admiral Ivar Huitfeldt


The municipality borders Røyken to the north. To the west the coastline is located close to the eastern coast of Vestfold with Svelvik. It is connected to the eastern side of the Oslofjord via Oslofjordtunnel, one of the longest undersea tunnels of its kind in Northern Europe. The tunnel is 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi) long and connects Hurumhalvøya to Akershus county.

Hurum is located on the southern part of Hurumhalvøya, which is the peninsula between the Oslofjord and Drammensfjord. The administrative centre is the village of Sætre, which together with Tofte are one of the two most populated villages in Hurum.

Churches in Hurum[edit]

Hurum Church[edit]

Hurum Church

Hurum Church (Hurum kirke) is the parish church for Hurum. This is a medieval era church dating from ca. 1150. The edifice is constructed of stone and has 150 seats. The original church was ravaged by fire the night after Christmas Day 1686. The following year the church received a new roof and turret. In 1849 the church was extensively rebuilt. The interior has undergone a number of changes in the course of time. The cemetery is surrounded by stone wall and has a chapel from 1938. Naval hero and native son, Ivar Huitfeldt (1665-1710) was buried in the church yard. The pulpit was received as a gift from his wife, Kirsten Røyem Huitfeldt (1671–1750).[13][14]

Merging and dissolution[edit]

On 9 May 2016, a referendum on the status of the municipality was held, with a majority of voters voting to merge Hurum with Røyken and Asker to create a new and larger Asker. Subsequently, on 21 June the same year, a majority of municipal councillors voted in favor of applying for the merger, which was subsequently accepted by the local councils of both Røyken and Asker. It was determined that the municipalities would officially merge on 1 January 2020.[15] During the 2019 Norwegian local elections, voters in the three municipalities voted on who they wanted to govern the new municipality rather than their three original municipalities, the newly elected councillors took their seats on the same day as the municipalities merged.[16]

Fred. Olsen, ca.1900

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Bolstad, Erik; Thorsnæs, Geir, eds. (26 January 2023). "Kommunenummer". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget.
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  6. ^ "70 years on, Oslo Children's Disaster commemorated". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  7. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Filtvet kapell". Norges Kirker. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  8. ^ Unspecified. "Filtvet Kirke". Hurum kirkelige fellesråd. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  9. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Holmsbu kapell". Norges Kirker. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  10. ^ Unspecified. "Holmsbu Kirke". Hurum kirkelige fellesråd. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  11. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Kongsdelene kapell". Norges Kirker. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  12. ^ Unspecified. "Kongsdelene Kirke". Hurum kirkelige fellesråd. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Huitfeldt, Ivar, 1665-1710". Dansk biografisk Lexikon. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  14. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Hurum kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  15. ^ Unspecified. "HURUM I FREMTIDEN - KOMMUNEREFORM". Hurum Kommune. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  16. ^ Unspecified. "Valgresultat 2019". Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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