Asker

Asker

57 606 ( March 31, 2013 )

Asker is a municipality in Akershus in Norway, and a western suburb of Oslo, right on the Oslo Fjord. It is located in the Diocese of Oslo. Asker borders the municipalities Bærum, Røyken and Lier.

Localities ( Delområder )

Asker consists of 16 villages ( population as of 1 January 2005):

  • Nesøya: 3414
  • Nesbru: 3612
  • Billingstad: 2349
  • Hvalstad: 2002
  • Skaugum: 2047
  • Sem: 982
  • Syverstad: 1872
  • Fusdal: 4054
  • Asker (Center ): 2363
  • Drengsrud: 4061
  • Vettre: 5357
  • Borgen: 4841
  • Blakstad: 3224
  • Full: 3167
  • Heggedal: 4716
  • Solberg: 2698

Economy

The company TGS - NOPEC Geophysical Systems is headquartered in Asker.

Traffic

Asker has a station on the Drammenbane. Here, the tunnel opened in 1973 Lieråsen, Norway 's second largest with 10.7 km railway tunnel begins.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Johan Anker, yacht designer, Olympic sailing in 1912 and 1928
  • Simen Agdestein, chess player
  • Tor Fretheim, writer
  • Arne Garborg writer
  • Simen Grimsrud, ski jumpers
  • Ragnhild Gylver, writer
  • Haakon of Norway, Crown Prince
  • Halvard Hanevold, biathlete
  • Morten Harket, musician, singer and composer
  • Stine Lise Hattestad, freestyle mountain climber
  • Vigdis Hjorth, writer
  • Helge Lund, Manager
  • Ida Njåtun, speed skater
  • Kjell Inge Røkke, Businessman
  • Espen Rud, jazz drummer
  • Tom Stiansen, skiers, slalom world champion
  • Otto Valstad, painter and art collector
  • Tilla Valstad, writer
  • Andreas Wiig Ygre, snowboarders
  • Torbjørn Yggeseth, ski jumpers

The pop singer Wenche Myhre lives in Nesøya in the municipality of Asker.

Twinning

Asker is twinned with the following cities:

  • Gardabær Iceland, Iceland
  • Jakobstad Finland, Finland
  • Sweden Eslöv, Sweden
  • Birkerød Denmark, Denmark
  • Faroe Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Sports

Sporty figurehead of the municipality is the women's soccer club Asker FK ( Asker SK). The club has been six times Norwegian champion and five times cup winners. After relegation, the team plays since 2007 in the Toppserien, the top division. 2009, the first team was disbanded and incorporated into the club Stabæk IF, the foundation continues to appear as Asker FK.

The men's team appears under the name Asker Fotball in 2011 and plays for the first time in the second-rate Adecco Ligaen.

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