Varteig is a former municipality in
It was created by a split from Tune in 1861. At that time Varteig had a population of 1,405.
1 January 1992a small part of the district Furuholmen, with 12 inhabitants, was moved to Rakkestadmunicipality. The rest of Varteig was incorporated into Sarpsborgalong with Tune and Skjeberg.
Varteig is probably best known as the homeplace of
Inga of Varteig, mother of Håkon Håkonson, king of Norway from 1217 to 1263.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old farm of Varteig (
Norse"Varteigr"), since the first church was built on its ground. The meaning of the first element is unknown, the last element is "teigr" m 'strip of field'.
*cite paper | author=Dag Jukvam / Statistics Norway | title=Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen | date=1999 | url=http://www.ssb.no/emner/00/90/rapp_9913/rapp_9913.pdfl
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