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Lillehammer (small Hamar ) is a city in Norway. It is located 180 km north of Oslo, on the north shore of Lake Mjøsa in mountain valley Gudbrandsdalen. It was by hosting the XVII. 1994 Winter Olympics known worldwide. The city was subsequently also the venue for a number of other major sporting events such as the European Handball Championship 2008.

  • 5.1 Sons and daughters of the town
  • 5.2 Connected to Lillehammer


The first mention of Lillehammer is found in the saga of Håkon Håkonsson, after which the Birkebeiner had not tarried in the winter 1204/1205 there before they were pulled over the mountains to Østerdalen. At this feat today remember the national sporting events Birkebeinerløypet ( terrain cross-country from Storåsen to Lillehammer, 21.3 km, annually in September, for the first time in 1998 ), Birkebeinerrennet ( terrain cross-country skiing between Rena and Lillehammer, 54 km in the classical style, year in March, the first time 1932) and Birkebeinerrittet ( cycling terrain of Rena to Mål, 88 km, in August each year, for the first time in 2000 ). In addition, a parchment, in which a Thing of 1390 in " Lithlæ Hamars kirku garde" is mentioned there.


Coat of arms

Blazon (Coat of Arms description): " Above the blue and silver diagonally left shared a split with golden boots, red skirt and stockings on silver skis running historically dressed warrior with red spruce headgear, a silbergespitzte red spear in his right hand and left a triangular shield in white and red, each with a round mark in confused colors, cautious. On the shield the three towers golden mural crown. "


Lillehammer has concluded with the following cities twinning:

  • Denmark - Hørsholm, Denmark
  • Sweden - Leksand, Sweden
  • Finland - Oulainen, Finland
  • Germany - Oberhof, Germany ( March 1, 1993)
  • United States - Hayward, United States ( since 1977)
  • France - Autrans, France (since 1973)
  • Japan - Shiozawa, Japan ( since 1972)

Friendly relationship there is further to:

  • Germany - Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Japan - Minakami, Japan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


In addition to the Olympic centers (among the Lysgårds hill ) and the Norwegian Olympic Museum, there are a number of other attractions:

  • The Storgata is the pedestrian zone of the city, known for its colorful wooden houses
  • The Lillehammer Art Museum was established as the official art contribution to the XVII. Winter Olympics 1994 ( design by architects Snøhetta )
  • Maihaugen with 185 buildings, the largest open air museum in Norway
  • In the immediate vicinity of the city there are several ski resorts, including Hafjell, Nordseter and Sjusjøen
  • Norwegian Olympic Museum
  • Norwegian Road Museum ( Norwegian called Norsk Vegmuseum ) in the northern district of Fåberg
  • Hunderfossen Family Park is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Norway and has a fairy-tale castle, a high ropes course, the fairy-tale grotto Ivo Caprino and a race track

The municipality Lillehammer is 477 km ² in size, has a north- south length of 25.6 km and an east- west distance of 37.9 km. Besides the city of Lillehammer are with Fåberg and Jørstadmoen and look for other larger settlements in the municipality Lillehammer. The highest elevation in this municipality is in Neverfjell with a height of 1089 meters.

View of Lillehammer to the ski hills

Lillehammer Art Museum


The Norwegian private radio station P4 Radio Hele Norge has its main office in Lillehammer.

The Norwegian- American television series Lilyhammer plays in Lillehammer. It has been running since April 2013 in Germany on TNT Serie and is about the American Mafioso Frank Tagliano / Giovanni "Johnny" Henriksen comes in the witness protection program of the FBI to Lillehammer, and it soon gets back into criminal activity.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Anne Stine Ingstad, (1918-1997), archaeologist
  • Magnus Moan (* 1983), Nordic combined
  • Brit Pettersen (* 1961), cross-country skier
  • Ståle Storløkken (born 1969 ), jazz musician
  • Jacob Young (born 1970 ), jazz musician
  • Mikko Kokslien (* 1985), Nordic combined
  • Edvald Boasson Hagen (* 1987), cyclist
  • Oscar Svendsen (* 1994), cyclist

Connected to Lillehammer

  • Sigrid Undset (1882-1949), Norwegian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928, lived from 1919 until her death in Lillehammer.