Bø, Telemark

For other places with the same name, see Bø (disambiguation).
Bø kommune

Coat of arms

Telemark within

Bø within Telemark
Coordinates: 59°27′26″N 9°1′53″E / 59.45722°N 9.03139°E / 59.45722; 9.03139Coordinates: 59°27′26″N 9°1′53″E / 59.45722°N 9.03139°E / 59.45722; 9.03139
Country Norway
County Telemark
District Midt-Telemark
Administrative centre Bø i Telemark
  Mayor (2011) Olav Kasland (V)
  Total 263 km2 (102 sq mi)
  Land 258 km2 (100 sq mi)
Area rank 292 in Norway
Population (1.1.2015)
  Total 5,977
  Rank 188 in Norway
  Density 20/km2 (50/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) 8.5 %
Demonym(s) Bøhering[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0821
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.bo.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

is a municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Midt-Telemark. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Bø i Telemark ("Bø in Telemark"). Bø has been a parish since ancient times and became a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) in 1838. The area of Lunde was separated from Bø in 1867 to become a separate municipality. Bø has a population of 5,977 (2015).

Bø's economy is mainly based on agriculture, forestry, tourism, education and public administration. Bø was formerly the seat of Telemark University College and is now home to one of the principal campuses of the larger University College of Southeast Norway, and has the character of a university town. Bø is well known for its cultural traditions within traditional music and artisanship, and its central position within Norwegian national romanticism with e.g. its Bunad traditions. Bø has several times been called "the most beautiful place on earth" in modern literature, e.g. in Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson's story, En glad Gut ("A Happy Boy").

General information


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old farm (Old Norse: Bœr), since the first church was built here. The name is identical with the word bœr which means "homestead" or "farm".[2]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were adopted on 19 February 1988. The arms show three gold-colored fiddles on a red background. Bø is historically known for its musical tradition, as well as the production of fiddles (similar to the hardingfele). The fiddle was thus chosen as an appropriate symbol for the municipality.[3][4]

See also: Coat-of-arms of Granvin


In 1923 the county of Telemark decided to start a secondary school in Bø, the equivalent of today's middle school or "ungdomsskole", called Telemark Realskole. At this time secondary schools mostly existed in the larger towns and cities, and most youngsters ended their schooling after 7 years. It was the county's intention to expand this school to a high school as soon as practically possible. This happened in 1947, and the school's name was Telemark Offentlige Landsgymnas. The existence of this school made it possible to establish Telemark College (Distriktshøgskulen i Telemark), which evolved into Telemark University College.


Bø is famous for its waterpark Sommarland (the largest of its kind in Norway). Another popular sight in Bø is the Gygrestol rock formation. There is also Kroa i Bø, one of the oldest and most respected music scenes in Norway. The club won the award for "Concert promoter of the Year 2005" and is based on voluntary work from students of the Telemark University College.

Bø Old Church
Bø Church

Bø Old Church

Bo Church (Bø kyrkje) dates from ca. 1100. The church is in stone and has 200 seats. It was built in the Romanesque style, with long church plan and choir to the east. The sanctuary, choir loft and the apse are from the Middle Ages, whereas the narthex was built to the 1600s. [5]

Bø Church

Bø New Church (Bø kyrkje) dates from 1875. The church is wooden and has 450 seats. The church was built in Neo-Gothic style. There are wood carvings on the altarpiece, pulpit, lectern and west gallery. [6]

Notable residents

Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Bø:[7]


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Rygh, Oluf (1914). Norske gaardnavne: Bratsbergs amt (Dokumentasjonsprosjektet) (in Norwegian) (7 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 197.
  3. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  4. "Kommunevåpen og ordførarkjede" (in Norwegian). Bø kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  5. "Bø gamle kyrkje, Bø i Telemark". Den norske kirke. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  6. "Bø kyrkje, Bø i Telemark". Den norske kirke. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  7. "Vennskapskommunar" (in Norwegian). Bø kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
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