This article is about the former municipality in Norway. For the American diplomat, see Scott Rauland.
Rauland herred
Former Municipality
Adm. Center Rauland
Created from Vinje, Lårdal, Seljord and Tinn in 1859
Incorporated into Vinje in 1964

Rauland is a former municipality in Telemark County, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Vest-Telemark.

It was created in 1860 from the districts of Rauland in Vinje and Øyfjell in Lårdal as a border adjustment. The new municipality had a population of 988. On 1 January 1964, Rauland was incorporated into Vinje. Prior to the merger Rauland had a population of 1,656.

Rauland is known for hiking, recreation and skiing. Telemark University College has a campus in Rauland. Well-known snowboarding celebrity, Terje Håkonsen, started his career in Rauland.

Notable residents

The name

The municipality (originally a parish) is named after the old farm, Rauland (Norse Rauðaland), since the first church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of rauði m 'bog-iron', the last element is land n 'land, farm'. (The many marshlands in the parish are filled with bog-iron, and for centuries its production was an important local resource.)

Coordinates: 59°44′N 8°00′E / 59.733°N 8.000°E / 59.733; 8.000

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