Place:Folldal, Hedmark, Norway


Alt namesNedre Foldalensource: Family History Library Catalog
Øvre Foldalensource: Family History Library Catalog
Coordinates62.134204°N 9.990177°E
Located inHedmark, Norway
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Folldal is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Østerdalen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Folldal. The municipality was established in 1914 when it was separated from Alvdal Municipality.

Folldal is bordered on the north by Oppdal and Tynset municipalities, in the east by Alvdal municipality, in the south by Stor-Elvdal, Sør-Fron and Sel municipalities, and in the west by Dovre municipality. Mining at the Folldal mines was the main industry for Folldal's residents from the 18th century until the last mine related operation in 1993.

The municipality is the 79th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Folldal is the 301st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,518. The municipality's population density is and its population has decreased by 8.6% over the previous 10-year period.


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Mining has been important to Folldal's development from the 18th century to the present. The Folldal works was founded in 1748. Folldal's main copper mine, , also opened in 1748. The mine employed up to 550 people. Until 1878, ore was transported by horse-drawn vehicles to the Lovise smelter located in neighboring Alvdal municipality. From 1878 to 1906 there was a lull in operations. Operations were restarted in 1906 when ore was transported by a long cable car (Northern Europe's longest) to the smelter. The main mine played out and was closed in 1941. Smelting continued using ore from several other deposits in the area until 1968. Then the mining and ore dressing moved to Tverrfjellet at Hjerkinn, in neighboring Dovre municipality, approximately from Folldal. The business was closed in 1993.

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