Bø and Sauherad municipalities were created in 1837 when the formannskapsdistrikt laws came into effect. Lunde municipality was split from Bø in 1867, but merged with Holla in 1964 to form Nome municipality. When asked whether Bø, Sauherad and Nome should merge to form one municipality comprising all of Midt-Telemark, the percentage who were positive to such a merger were 64% in Sauherad, 59% in Bø and 48% in Nome.
- Statistics Norway (2006). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality. 1 January 2006".
- Dag Jukvam / Statistics Norway (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian).
- Bolkesjø and Sanda / Telemarksforsking-Bø (20 May 2005). "Hva mener folk i Midt-Telemark om en sammenslåing av Bø, Nome og Sauherad?" (in Norwegian).