Vestre Slidre

Vestre Slidre kommune
Kvaale Vestre Slidre.jpg
Coat of arms of Vestre Slidre kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Vestre Slidre kommune
Oppland within
Vestre Slidre within Oppland
Vestre Slidre within Oppland
Coordinates: 61°3′38″N 8°55′2″E / 61.06056°N 8.91722°E / 61.06056; 8.91722Coordinates: 61°3′38″N 8°55′2″E / 61.06056°N 8.91722°E / 61.06056; 8.91722
Administrative centreSlidre
 • Mayor (2011)Lars Kvissel (V/LL)
 • Total463 km2 (179 sq mi)
 • Land421 km2 (163 sq mi)
Area rank217 in Norway
 • Total2,304
 • Rank317 in Norway
 • Density5/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-0543
Official language formNynorsk

Vestre Slidre is a municipality in Oppland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Slidre. The old municipality of Slidre was divided into Vestre Slidre and Øystre Slidre in 1849.

General information[edit]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Slidre farm (Old Norse: Slíðrar), since the first church was built here. The name is probably derived from slíðr which means "sheath" (which is probably referring to a long depression near the church). The meaning of the name Vestre Slidre is "(the) western (part of) Slidre" (since the parish and municipality of Slidre was divided in 1849.)[2]


The coat-of-arms was made official in 1987, but it originally was a seal belonging to a medieval nobleman from the district.

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Vestre Slidre by country of origin in 2017[3]
Ancestry Number
 Lithuania 29
 Netherlands 23
 Eritrea 18


High above Slidre there is an ancient burial ground called the Garberg site. At this site, there is a runestone which reads I Godguest wrote the runes. This stone is known as the Einang stone.

Vestre Sildre figures prominently in the Norse Sagas:

  • Harald Fairhair was, according to the Sagas, the first king (872 – 930) of Norway. In 866, he made the first of a series of conquests over a number of petty kingdoms. One of the encounters leading to the overall conquest was with Skallagrim Kveldulvssøn in Vestre Slidre. In 872, after winning the Battle of Hafrsfjord near Stavanger, he found himself king of the whole country.[4]
  • In the Heimskringla attributed to Snorri Sturluson, it is recorded that in 1023 Saint Olav came unannounced from Sogn as part of his campaign to Christianize Norway. At Slidre he caught the peasants unawares, and secured all their boats. As a condition for having their boats restored, they accepted Christianity.[4]


  • The ruins of Mo church (Mo kirkeruin) are located on the west side of Slidrefjord. The medieval church of stone was built ca. 1215 and was probably out of use after the Reformation. The ruins were excavated and restored in the period 1972–1977.[5]
  • Slidredomen, a medieval stone-built church, was once the main church for Valdres. The church is built around 1170. The Church is entirely made of stone. Its treasures formerly included a chalice presented by Bishop Salomon of Oslo (1322–1352), the only Bishop in Norway to survive the Black Death. Slidredomen is also known to have had a local bishop.[4]
  • Lomen Stave Church is located in the small village of Lomen. It was built circa 1170. The exterior of the present Lomen church is post-Reformation, and only the wall and roof timbers remain from the original building.[4]
  • Høre Stave Church (the Dano-Norwegian spelling of the word Høre was Hurum), was almost entirely rebuilt and extended. Only the south door, with dragons and other carvings, still exists.[4]


View over Lomen from the Garberg site, with Vang slightly to the left and Jotunheimen in the background. Down by the lake and to the right is Lomen.

Vestre Slidre is bordered to the northwest by the municipality of Vang, to the northeast by Øystre Slidre, to the east by Nord-Aurdal, and to the southwest by Hemsedal.

Vestre Slidre is part of the Valdres region in south-central Norway. It is situated between Gudbrandsdal and Hallingdal.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (Anden halvdel) (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 285. Archived from the original on 25 December 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by immigration category, country background and percentages of the population". Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Stagg, Frank Noel (1956). East Norway and its Frontier. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.
  5. ^ "Mo kirkeruin, Vestre Slidre, Oppland". Riksantikvaren. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.

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