Information in English

The county of Hedmark covers an area of 27 397 square kilometres and has almost 200 000 inhabitants.
Sist oppdatert 14.02.2018


While the term county (fylke) denotes the geographical area, the County Council (fylkeskommune) is the democratically elected body, that provides a wide range of public welfare services.

The Hedmark County Council consists of 33 representatives elected by the inhabitants of Hedmark every fourth year. The County Council is led by the Chairman.

The County Council elects a county government; The County Executive Board, consisting of four members as a collegium.

The County Executive Board has the responsibility for the daily governing of the county on behalf of the County Council, and directs the County Administration.

Only the majority of the parties is represented in the Executive Board, and the minority in the County Council is therefore placed in a clearly oppositional role where it is important to make its alternate policy visible, and not least to supervise and control the work of the Executive Board.


The County Director is Hedmark County Council's highest administrative officer and has the day-to-day responsibility for the overall management of the county.

The county administration is organized into departments. The administration is preparing cases to be settled in the County Council and for the County Executive Board, and is responsible for planning and implementation of county duties.

The departments of Hedmark County Council are:

  • Department of innovation and business development
  • Department of culture
  • Department of infrastructure, planning and environment
  • Department of education
  • Department of international relations

Tourist information

Skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking and shopping are a few of the activities you can do in our county.

For more information check out this link: Visit Hedmark


The county is situated in the eastern part of Norway, bordering the counties of Sør-Trøndelag, Oppland and Akershus. Hedmark also borders to Sweden.

The county administration is in Hamar, situated 120 kilometres from the Norwegian capital Oslo and one hour’s drive from Norway’s main airport Gardermoen.

Hamar, Kongsvinger, Elverum, Brumunddal and Moelv are the towns of Hedmark.

Hedmark is one of the largest regions in Norway and features a wide-ranging array of beautiful nature and rural areas, interspersed with charming towns. The largest lakes are Femunden and Mjøsa, and the river Glomma runs through Hedmark.

Geographically, Hedmark is in the traditional sense divided in the following areas: Hedmarken, east of Mjøsa, Østerdalen, north of Elverum, and Glåmdalen, south of Elverum. The nature varies from beautiful snow-covered mountains in the north, to green forests and wilderness in the east, and productive farmland in the south.  

Hedmark and Oppland are the only Norwegian counties with no coastline.

  • Longest river: Glomma (619,9 km)
  • Largest lake: Mjøsa (365 km²)
  • Highest mountain: Rondslottet (2178 meter above the ocean)

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