Vestre Slidre

Vestre Slidre kommune

Coat of arms

Oppland within

Vestre Slidre within Oppland
Coordinates: 61°3′38″N 8°55′2″E / 61.06056°N 8.91722°E / 61.06056; 8.91722Coordinates: 61°3′38″N 8°55′2″E / 61.06056°N 8.91722°E / 61.06056; 8.91722
Country Norway
County Oppland
District Valdres
Administrative centre Slidre
  Mayor (2011) Lars Kvissel (Sp)
  Total 463 km2 (179 sq mi)
  Land 421 km2 (163 sq mi)
Area rank 217 in Norway
Population (2004)
  Total 2,304
  Rank 317 in Norway
  Density 5/km2 (10/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -9.7 %
Demonym(s) Vestreslidring[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-0543
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway

Vestre Slidre is a municipality in Oppland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Valdres. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Slidre. The old municipality of Slidre was divided into Vestre Slidre and Øystre Slidre in 1849.

Map of Vestre Slidre

General information


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Slidre farm (Old Norse: Slíðrar), since the first church was built here. The name is probably derived from slíðr which means "sheath" (which is probably referring to a long depression near the church). The meaning of the name Vestre Slidre is "(the) western (part of) Slidre" (since the parish and municipality of Slidre was divided in 1849.)[2]

See also: Øystre Slidre


The coat-of-arms was made official in 1987, but it originally was a seal belonging to a medieval nobleman from the district.


High above Slidre there is an ancient burial ground called the Garberg site. At this site, there is a runestone which reads I Godguest wrote the runes. This stone is known as the Einang stone.

Vestre Sildre figures prominently in the Norse Sagas:



View over Lomen from the Garberg site, with Vang slightly to the left and Jotunheimen in the background. Down by the lake and to the right is Lomen.

Vestre Slidre is bordered to the northwest by the municipality of Vang, to the northeast by Øystre Slidre, to the east by Nord-Aurdal, and to the southwest by Hemsedal.

Vestre Slidre is part of the Valdres region in south-central Norway. It is situated between Gudbrandsdal and Hallingdal.

Notable residents


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Kristians amt (Anden halvdel) (in Norwegian) (4 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 285.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Stagg, Frank Noel (1956). East Norway and its Frontier. George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.
  4. "Mo kirkeruin, Vestre Slidre, Oppland". Riksantikvaren. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
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