Place:Holmestrand, Vestfold, Norway

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NameHolmestrand
TypeMunicipality
Coordinates59.483°N 10.3°E
Located inVestfold, Norway
Also located inJarlsberg, Norway     ( - 1821)
Contained Places
Former municipality
Botne
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is a town and municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Holmestrand. The town was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The neighboring rural municipality of Botne was merged into the municipality of Holmestrand on 1 January 1964. Sande municipality will be merged into Holmestrand on January 1, 2020. The municipality of Hof was merged into Holmestrand on January 1, 2018.

The town lies by the Oslofjord and is built beside the water. It was granted municipal status in 1752, but had been a harbour for exporting of timber/lumber since around 1550. The municipality has developed inland in recent years, after the inclusion of Botne. It borders Sande and the Oslo Fjord in the east, Re in the south, and it has a short border to Larvik in the south-west. It is bordered by Buskerud County in the west and north.

Holmestrand is home to Vestfold County’s largest lake, Eikeren. It is also Vestfjellet, which is the highest peak in the county.

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