Grue, Norway

Grue, Norway

governor=Herdis Bragelien (Ap)
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Grue is a municipality in the county of Hedmark, Norway.

Grue was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Brandval was separated from Grue in 1867.

Grue is situated around the river Glomma and the geography is dominated largely by forests and some agricultural areas around Glomma. Kirkenær (population 1200) is the administrative center of Grue. Grue is bordered on the south by the municipality of Kongsvinger, on the north by the municipality of Åsnes, and on the west by Nord-Odal. To the east it borders Sweden.

Grue was the early center for the Finnish migration which today populates the Finnskogen, a belt about 32 km (20 miles) wide and running continuously along the frontier in the districts of Brandval, Grue, Hof, Åsnes, and Våler. Their first population center in Norway was located around the lake of Røgden.

The name

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old farm Grue (Norse "Grof(a)"), since the first church was built there. The name is identical with the word "grof(a)" f 'depression, hollow'.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1992). The flamelike line represent the clearance of farms in the woods by the use of fire - and it also is a remembrance of the gruesome church fire of 1822.


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