Notodden kommune

Coat of arms

Telemark within

Notodden within Telemark
Coordinates: 59°37′46″N 9°11′29″E / 59.62944°N 9.19139°E / 59.62944; 9.19139Coordinates: 59°37′46″N 9°11′29″E / 59.62944°N 9.19139°E / 59.62944; 9.19139
Country Norway
County Telemark
District Aust-Telemark
Administrative centre Notodden
  Mayor (2015) Gry Bløchlinger (Ap)
  Total 914 km2 (353 sq mi)
  Land 852 km2 (329 sq mi)
Area rank 120 in Norway
Population (2005)
  Total 12,359
  Rank 90 in Norway
  Density 14/km2 (40/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) 0.5 %
Demonym(s) Notodding[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0807
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List

The old ammonia factory at Notodden industrial site

Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 1486
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2015 (29th Session)

 Notodden  is a city and municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Øst-Telemark. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Notodden.

Notodden was separated from the municipality of Heddal in 1913 to become a separate city and municipality. On 1 January 1964, the rural municipalities of Heddal and Gransherad were merged into Notodden to form a new enlarged municipality.

Notodden is on the shore of Heddalsvatnet lake, and the Tinn River runs through the town into the lake. Norway's biggest stave church, Heddal stave church, can be seen a few kilometres from the city centre.

Notodden Airport, Tuven, is located west of the city centre. Norsk Hydro was founded in this town. Notodden is well known for the annual Notodden Blues Festival, which is considered one of the best blues festivals in Europe. It also has a well-known metal festival called Motstøy Festivalen.

The football club Notodden FK is headquartered here.


The first element of the name is not which means "to fish using a seine" and the last element is the finite form of odde meaning "headland". Thus the general meaning of the name is "the fishing place".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 11 August 1939. The arms show a silver-colored river and four lightning strikes. One of the first hydroelectric power stations in Norway was established in the late 19th century at the Tinnfoss waterfall on the Tinn River.[2]

Twin towns

In 2008, Notodden city council decided to end the twin city agreements with Ilisalmi, Nyköping and Stelle. At the same time Suwałki was approved as a new twin city.[3][4]

The following cities are twinned with Notodden:

Former twin cities of Notodden:

Notable residents

Notodden is the hometown of organist Kåre Nordstoga, the internationally known author Hans Herbjørnsrud who was born in Heddal, and the Hardanger fiddlemaker Olav Gunnarsson Helland (1875–1939) who many consider the finest of the twentieth century. Composer Klaus Egge, born 1906 in Gransherad, also lived in Notodden.

Olympic gold medalist Ådne Søndrål was born in Notodden.

American blues musician Seasick Steve, who is achieving fame in the United Kingdom, currently resides in Notodden. Norwegian blues musician Margit Bakken and painter and author Tor-Arne Moen also live in Notodden.

One of the most influential Norwegian black metal bands, Emperor, came from Notodden, as does Mortiis, Peccatum, Star of ash, Leprous and Zyklon. Emperor's singer, Ihsahn, still resides in Notodden.


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  3. "Ny vennskapsby" (in Norwegian). Telen. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
  4. "Vennskapsbyer" (in Norwegian). Notodden kommune. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
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