Svelvik kommune

Coat of arms

Vestfold within

Svelvik within Vestfold
Coordinates: 59°37′25″N 10°22′18″E / 59.62361°N 10.37167°E / 59.62361; 10.37167Coordinates: 59°37′25″N 10°22′18″E / 59.62361°N 10.37167°E / 59.62361; 10.37167
Country Norway
County Vestfold
Administrative centre Svelvik
  Mayor (2015) Andreas Muri (H)
  Total 58 km2 (22 sq mi)
  Land 56 km2 (22 sq mi)
Area rank 419 in Norway
Population (2004)
  Total 6,445
  Rank 153 in Norway
  Density 115/km2 (300/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) 8.1 %
Demonym(s) Svelviking[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0711
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Svelvik [ˈsvæɽviːk] is a town and municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Svelvik.

The town of Svelvik was separated from the rural municipality of Strømm to become a municipality of its own in 1845. The two municipalities were merged back together on 1 January 1964.

General information


The Old Norse form of the name was Sverðvík. The first element is sverð n 'sword', the last element is vík f 'cove, wick'. A neighbouring farm has the name Sverstad (Norse Sverðstaðir). The word sverð probably refers to the promontory ridge Ryggen ('the back') in Hurum: This ridge lies right opposite Svelvik and Sverstad, and is almost (like a sword) cutting the Drammensfjord in two parts.[2]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 September 1964. The arms show a gold-colored trident on a red background, as a symbol for the sea.[3][4]


The Svelvik ferry line is the shortest in Norway.

The narrow Svelvikstrømmen sound separates Svelvik from the municipality of Hurum, and the county of Buskerud. This sound is served by a ferry, which has the shortest line in Norway.

The village is quite characteristic, with small winding streets and traditional, white-painted houses. Svelvik is a summer paradise with many possibilities for swimming and sunbathing.

Notable residents

Pictures from Svelvik


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Rygh, Oluf (1907). Norske gaardnavne: Jarlsberg og Larviks amt (in Norwegian) (6 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri.
  3. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  4. "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Svelvik kommune. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
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