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coat of arms map
Coat of arms of the municipality of Drammen
Drammen (Norway)
Basic data
Commune number : 3005
Province  (county) : Viken
Administrative headquarters: Drammen
Coordinates : 59 ° 44 '  N , 10 ° 10'  E Coordinates: 59 ° 44 '  N , 10 ° 10'  E
Height : 1 moh.
Surface: 317.68 km²
Residents: 101,386  (Feb 27, 2020)
Population density : 319 inhabitants per km²
Language form : neutral
Postal code : 3004-3048
Railway connection: Vestfoldbanen
Mayor : Monica Myrvold Berg  ( Ap ) (2019)
Location in the province of Viken
Location of the municipality in the province of Viken

Drammen is a town and municipality in the province ( Fylke ) Viken , until the end of 2019 Buskerud , in Norway . It is located 41 kilometers southwest of Oslo at the mouth of the salmon-rich Drammen River in the Drammen Fjord , a tributary of the Oslofjord . The municipality borders on the municipality of Lier in the northeast, Asker in the southeast, Holmestrand in the south and Modum and Øvre Eiker in the west . Drammen is part of the Oslo metropolitan area, one of the fastest growing areas in Norway.

On January 1, 2020, the two municipalities of Nedre Eiker and Svelvik were incorporated.

coat of arms

The coat of arms shows a silver column in blue , in front of which a silver sword and a key form the shape of a St. Andrew's cross , the key bit turned to the right outside. In the sign foot silver are balls displayed.


The area has been inhabited for around 6,000 years. Rock carvings from this period are evidence of this. Permanent settlement did not take place until the 14th century. The basis for this was the port, which was suitable for the export of wood. During this time two settlements emerged on the banks of the Drammen river, on the south side of Strømsø and on the north side of Bragernes . Both places were merged in 1811 to form the city of Drammen. In Bragernes 1778-1779 was the residence of the Danish governor Frederik Gyldenløve and his wife, the German Countess Augusta von Altenburg. The residence seat, the Mechlenburg-Palais, fell victim to the flames in 1866 during the great city fire. A total of 388 houses, including the Bragernes Church, were destroyed by the fire in the Bragernes district. In a directory from 1840, 15 brandy factories, 17 breweries and 9 tobacco factories are registered in Drammen. Aass Bryggeri , the oldest brewery in Norway, founded in 1840, still exists today . She brews according to the German purity law of 1516.


View of the city center of Drammen

The city is an industrial center with wood processing, metallurgical industry, shipbuilding and salmon fishing. The main purpose of the port is to import vehicles. Zinc , nickel and cobalt are mined in the area around Drammen . The Drammen heat pump supplies a large part of the city center with district heating. Part of the energy is taken from the Drammen fjord.


The Bragernes Church

Worth seeing are the 200 meter high Spiralen mountain with a 1650 meter long tunnel blasted into the mountain in the shape of a corkscrew , the district museum , the theater from 1870 as well as the town hall and the church, both from 1871.


The city's sporting flagship is the handball club Drammen HK , which won the Norwegian Championship in 1997 and 2007 and was the first Norwegian team to win a European Cup. The club plays its home games in the Drammen hall .

The city's currently most successful football club, Strømsgodset IF , plays with its first team in the Tippeligaen , the country's top division. He became Norwegian champion in 2013.

Since 2003, sprint races of the cross-country skiing world cup have been held regularly in Drammen . The Gjerpenkollen consists of several ski jumps . The events are large folk festivals and attract 20,000–40,000 spectators.

A few kilometers away from Drammen, in Tranby i Lier, located by the NMK Drammen powered Rallycross - racetrack Lyngås Motorbane , on the 1,980 to 2,004 each year, up to 20,000 spectators Norway's scoring run to FIA Rallycross Championship took place.

Town twinning

Drammen has four Nordic twin cities:


Well-known people born in Drammen include the biathlete and Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen and the two former Norwegian Prime Ministers Thorbjørn Jagland and Lars Korvald .

Web links

Commons : Drammen  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistisk sentralbyrå - Befolkning
  2. Navn på nye kommuner. February 19, 2019, accessed October 1, 2019 (Norwegian).
  3. ^ Website Drammen , accessed on May 23, 2017