Ålen

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Ålen herad
Former municipality
Ålen herad is located in Sør-Trøndelag
Ålen herad
Ålen herad
Ålen within Sør-Trøndelag
Ålen herad is located in Norway
Ålen herad
Ålen herad
Ålen herad (Norway)
Coordinates: 62°50′31″N 11°18′05″E / 62.8419°N 11.3013°E / 62.8419; 11.3013Coordinates: 62°50′31″N 11°18′05″E / 62.8419°N 11.3013°E / 62.8419; 11.3013
Country Norway
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Gauldalen
Established 1855
Disestablished 1972
Administrative centre Renbygda
Area
 • Total 718 km2 (277 sq mi)
  *Area at municipal dissolution.
Population (1972)
 • Total 1,944
 • Density 2.7/km2 (7.0/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ålbygg[1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-1644
Official language form Unknown
Preceded by Holtaalen in 1855
Succeeded by Holtålen in 1972

Ålen is a former municipality in the old Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. The 718-square-kilometre (277 sq mi) former municipality existed from 1855 until 1972. It encompassed the southeastern half of what is now the municipality of Holtålen in Trøndelag county. The administrative centre was the village of Renbygda (also known as Ålen) where Ålen Church is located.[2]

History[edit]

The parish of Ålen (historically spelled Aalen) was established as a civil municipality in 1855 when it was split off from the municipality of Holtaalen. Initially, Ålen had a population of 1,487. (The now smaller Holtaalen municipality later changed its name to Haltdalen in 1937.) In 1875, an uninhabited part of Ålen was moved to the neighboring municipality of Røros. On 1 January 1972, the municipality of Ålen was merged with the neighboring municipality of Haltdalen to make a new municipality called Holtålen, bringing back to use a name from an earlier municipality. Prior to the merger Ålen municipality had a population of 1,944. On 21 April 1989, a small unpopulated part of the neighboring municipality of Røros was transferred to Holtålen.[3]

Name[edit]

The name of the municipality (and the parish) is Ålen which comes from the Old Norse word áll, meaning eel, which likely refers to the winding valley in which the main village centre is located.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Haugen, Morten, ed. (2014-11-28). "Ålen – tidligere kommune". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-01-16. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.