|Lunner kommune, Sandsvegen 1, N-2740 Roa, Norway|
Tlf : +47 61 32 40 00, fax +47 61 32 40 09
Tourist information: Hadeland Glassverk Tlf : +47 61 33 11 43
Public officer of cultural affairs for Lunner and Gran Municipalities:
Mr. Svein Olav Karlsen, e-mail: email@example.com
Lunner municipality is the southernmost of all municipalities in the Oppland County and makes up the region of Hadeland, together with Gran and Jevnaker (see enclosed map). It shares administrative boundaries with the municipalities of Oslo, Nittedal, Nannestad, Ringerike, Jevnaker and Gran.
Today, Norway is divided into 435 municipalities and 19 counties.
The municipalities vary in size from under 1,000 to nearly half a million inhabitants.
In this context, our municipality of Lunner in many ways represents the middle or average, with 8,500 inhabitants.
However, we grow at higher speed than most other municipalities; Lunner will develop more and more as a suburb to the capital city of Oslo. At the moment we are planning for an annual growth of 2 percent in number of inhabitants
The travelling distance to Oslo is 55 km, to Gjøvik 67 km and to the national airport of Gardermoen approx. 35 km.
A new highway tunnel from Lunner was opened autumn in 2003
and reduced the travelling time from Lunner to the airport.
The railway to Gjøvik and to Bergen runs through our community, with a joint railway station at Roa.
Farming and forestry
9 % of the total land area is farmland, and 70 % are productive forests. For Norway at large only 3 % of the landmasses are cultivated and 22 % is reckoned productive forest. Farming and forestry have been the backbone of the local economy in Lunner. Today, there are approx. 160 holdings of active farms.
The farmers also have commercial interest in Lunner almenning, that is a local co-operative society.
They own 11,000 ha of productive forests together, which is called "common land".
The society runs a large sawmill, producing building materials.
Much of their produce is exported to the European market.
Finland suffered heavily from famine during the 17th century. Food shortage started Finnish migration westwards, through Sweden to Norway during the 17th century: Finnish immigrants, settling down mainly in the forests, practised slash-and-burn or shifting cultivation and sowed rye in the ash.
There remain several locations holding typical Finnish names, thus remembering us about the history of Finnish migration: "The Finnish lake" (Finntjern, Finnvatn), "the Finnish Field" (Finnejordet at Gagnumsetra), "the Sauna Island" (Badstuøya in Gjerdingen), as well as Mylla, Panka, Hakloa, Mago, Mutta, Finnlaus. In 1638 our common Danish-Norwegian King recorded a total number of 28 Finnish families with 173 individuals, most probably to collect tax.
|In the old days, mining was an important commercial activity for centuries in Lunner. |
It started in 1538. You can visit former lead and zinc mines at Grua and Nyseter. The local mining museum offers guided tours, with helmets and torches, safety included.
Today, there are two crushing plants, Hadeland pukkverk and Lunner pukkverk, making crushed stone or gravel for building and construction purposes.
Other industries and employers
There is furthermore a large number of car dealers and repair workshops in Lunner. And we have a number of private and public social institutions for children and youth.
The single largest employer in Lunner is the municipal authorities, themselves. The municipal organization alone employs 600-700 employees, fulltime or part-time, equal to 450 full-time jobs. So the municipality is by far the largest enterprise of all in Lunner. Half of all employees work in the schools or the kindergartens.
Nevertheless, more than half of the working population in Lunner is finding employment outside the municipality. Most of them get up early in the morning, rushing for the morning train to Oslo. It is an ambition of our local government that more private enterprises should settle in Lunner, providing local jobs in the future.
Sport and leisure time activities
The local cultural community is indeed rich. There are sports clubs and sports centres in all our school districts. At Roa you find the larger sports hall where our famous handball team practices several times a week.
Another popular sport in Lunner is motorbike racing, taking place in the southernmost corner of Lunner, Stryken.
Furthermore, we have an amateur theatre group performing. Lunner also has got two marching bands, bands that recruit brass musicians from the primary schools. The rock music community in Lunner has pulled forces together to establish a yearly alternative to Woodstock, called Kloppstock, taking place at Kloppa in Harestua.
Some 2.000 - 4,000 young and old enthusiasts gather.
|Lunner offers unique opportunities for out-door recreational activities. Summertime is a time for leisurely pursuits; angling, or picking berries, or wandering along the ancient trails that wind their ways through the length and breadth of Marka. Here it is possible to be at one with nature, far removed from the madding crowd. Autumn is the season of hunting: roe deer, moose, rodents and bird being the most popular game. Later the onset of winter, a network of ski trails unveils for you the wonders and beauty of snow-covered landscapes. |
Education in Lunner
Today, Lunner has 3 primary schools (grade 1-7), two lower secondary schools (grade 8-10) and one higher secondary school (junior college). The college is administered by the county authorities, not the local government. There are also six public kindergardens in Lunner.
Publisert: 16-02-2004 14:41