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Asker

Asker

[ask, ahsk]

Asker is a municipality in the county of Akershus, Norway and a suburb of Oslo.

Asker was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

Geography

Its main parts are Asker, Gullhella, Vollen, Vettre, Blakstad, Borgen, Drengsrud, Dikemark, Vardåsen, Engelsrud, Holmen, Høn, Hvalstad, Billingstad, Nesøya, Nesbru and Heggedal. Asker is a notably coastal place with many beautiful beaches, but it is also a place of hills and woods. The district is known for many important businesses. It is also known for gardening. The Skaugum estate, where Crown Prince Haakon of Norway lives with his family, is situated here. The first IKEA store outside of Sweden opened in Asker in 1963 .

Culture

Although Asker is principally a rural municipality, the expansion of Oslo has resulted in its becoming an affluent suburb. Thus numerous celebrities now reside in the area.

Asker is also the home of the Frisk Asker Tigers, who won the Norwegian Hockey championship in 1975, 1979 and 2002. Asker Skiklubb is the largest sports club in Norway. It has a long history dating back to 1889. Many of Asker's famous people have been successful individuals associated with the sports club.

Asker, more notably Blakstad, was a stronghold for the Baglers, who contended with the Birkebeiners during a civil war during the Viking period.

The city is the home of Asker svømmeklubb. Asker women's football club has been home to many international players including four who played in the 2007 World Cup in China.

The name

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old farm Asker, since the first church was built here. The name (Norse Askar) is the plural form of ask 'ashtree'.

The Maud

In 1916 (or 1917) the Maud, which had been built in local shipyards, was launched into Oslofjord. The ship which had been constructed and built especially for Roald Amundsen and was to sail through the Northeast Passage. After being seized by creditors in Seattle, Washington, United States she was sold to the Hudson's Bay Company as a supply vessel. After being renamed the Baymaud she sailed to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada where, in 1930, she sprung a leak and sank. In 1990 the ship was sold by the Hudson's Bay Company to the town with the expectation that she would be returned to Asker. Although a Cultural Properties Export permit was issued, the price tag to repair and move the ship was 230 million kroner ($43,200,000) and the permit expired.

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1975). It shows three ashtrees.

Politics

Asker is politically dominated by the conservatives, and the mayor is Lene Conradi from Høyre (Conservatives)

Famous residents

Twinnings

References

External links

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