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Stange kommune
Stange sentrum.jpg
Coat of arms of Stange kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Stange kommune
Innlandet within
Stange within Innlandet
Stange within Innlandet
Coordinates: 60°42′57″N 11°11′25″E / 60.71583°N 11.19028°E / 60.71583; 11.19028Coordinates: 60°42′57″N 11°11′25″E / 60.71583°N 11.19028°E / 60.71583; 11.19028
Administrative centreStangebyen
 • Mayor (2007)Nils A. Røhne (Ap)
 • Total724 km2 (280 sq mi)
 • Land641 km2 (247 sq mi)
Area rank151 in Norway
 • Total18,288
 • Rank53 in Norway
 • Density29/km2 (80/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3413
Official language formBokmål[2]

About this soundStange  is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hedmarken. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Stangebyen.

Stange church
Romedal church
Just a few kilometers away, the craggy, forested side of Stange

General information[edit]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Stange farm (Old Norse: Stangir), since the first church was built there. The name is the plural form of stǫng which means "bar, pole, rod". (The farm is lying on a long hill, and this is probably the background for the name.)


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 20 June 1986. The arms show a silver-colored medieval plough called an ard on a green background. It symbolizes this historic importance of agriculture in the area; originally the growing of grains and then later growing potatoes. The arms were designed by Arne Løvstad.[3][4]


The newspaper Stangeavisa has been published in Stange since 2004.[5]

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Stange by country of origin in 2017[6]
Ancestry Number
 Poland 243
 Eritrea 182
 Germany 134
 Sweden 99
 Afghanistan 97
 Somalia 92
 Lithuania 91
 Kosovo 79
 Vietnam 68
 Thailand 66


Archeological finds indicate agricultural settlements in the area well before the Viking Age. Since the shortest route from the south to Hamar went through the area, there have also been trade and hospitality there since time immemorial. Stange has its own historical association that publishes articles, short research topics, as well as authoritative works on the area's history.

Stange church is located here and it is one of the oldest medieval churches in Norway. It is mentioned in 1225 in Håkon Håkonsen's saga.

The Atlungstad Distillery was established in Stange in 1855.

The municipality of Stange was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The neighboring municipality of Romedal was merged with Stange on 1 January 1964.


The municipality is situated on the east side of the lake Mjøsa. It borders the municipalities of Hamar on the north; Løten, Våler, and Åsnes to the east; Nord-Odal to the south; and Eidsvoll to the west.

Stange consists of several areas that were previously distinct, including Vallset, Romedal, Espa, Åsbygda, Tangen, and Stange itself. The municipality can be roughly divided into two areas: the northern area, with rich and fertile agricultural land; and a southern area with craggy, forested area (the Stange Commons). As a result, the northern section is dominated by large, prosperous farms; the southern part by small, marginal farms.

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Stange:[7]


  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 2008-12-29.
  4. ^ "Beskrivelse av Stanges kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Stange kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon: Stangeavisa.
  6. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Stange kommune. Retrieved 2008-12-29.

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