Situated in the county of Telemark, 112 kilometers south-west of Oslo, Notodden municipality is home to nearly 12 700 people. In 2015, Notodden was inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list as part of the Rjukan - Notodden industrial heritage.
Notodden has a dense urban environment with everything you need in the way of cafés, art galleries and cultural activities. The town is situated on the shore of Heddalsvannet and has, to the delight of both visitors and residents, its own town beach at Nesøya.
Notodden's monument building, Bok & Blueshuset, was officially opened in 2013. Bok & Blueshuset is the center for the main cultural activities in Notodden. Here you will find a movie theater, public library, cultural school, café, live stage, blues museum and much more. Notodden is also the home of the iconic national treasure Heddal Stave Church; the largest and one of the most beautiful of the 28 stave churches in Norway.
Today, Notodden is best known for hosting Europe's best blues experience. The first weekend in August every year Notodden Blues Festival serves up the best in Norwegian and international blues. The festival attracts thousands of people to Notodden every year.
The fall semester of 2018, the University of South-Eastern Norway will be the first university outside of the US to offer the "Class of Blues" . Courses will be held in collaboration with Little Steven's Blues School at Campus Notodden.
We hope you will find the information on this page useful and that it may inspire you to visit Notodden.
Welcome to Notodden!
We are pleased that you have chosen Notodden as your new home and we are confident that you will contribute to the development of our town.
This page serves as a guide to our community and local services that may be of use to you. In addition to this resource, we have created a new resident package, which provides introduction - and free tickets to - a broad spectre of activities available to you as a resident.
Welcome from the Mayor
As the Mayor of Notodden Municipality, it is a great honor to welcome you to our community.
Notodden is home to approximately 12.700 residents; a municipality in which both culture, sports, business and municipal services are in growth and development. In addition to spectacular nature, hiking and recreational activities, we have a number of cultural activities to offer our residents.
It was in Notodden that the industrial revolution in Norway started. Notodden was established as an industrial town when Norsk Hydro was founded here in 1905. The Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage was inscribed to UNESCO's World Heritage list on July 5th 2015. This is a status that we are very proud of and would like to further develop in collaboration with our residents.
As the mayor of Notodden Municipality, I want you to have a pleasant experience moving to our community. We have therefore created a "new resident package" that contains information about Notodden, as well as free tickets to a variety of leisure activities. You will receive a personal welcome letter after you have registered your new address at Skatteetaten.
You may bring your welcome letter to the Municipality Service Center, where the staff is ready to provide you with further information and your resident package.
I hope you will settle comfortably in our community.
New Resident Package
The New Resident Package is a warm welcome to you, as a new resident in Notodden. When you have notified Skatteetaten about your new address in Notodden, you will receive a welcome letter from the Mayor. To collect the New Resident Package, we kindly ask you to bring the welcome letter to the Municipiality Service Center in Teatergata 3.
Vi FRITID offers video presentations of Notodden's various organizations and leisure activities in 8 different languages. To view the various video presentations please visit Vi FRITID.
Information about Norway
- The website "Ny i Norge" is an information service for immigrants – rights, duties, practical advice, tips and information about the Norwegian society.
Tax, moving and change of address
Skatteetaten (Norwegian tax administration) handles formalities related to moving to Norway. They can assist with:
Notification of moving
Change of name
Tax deduction cards
Inheritance and gifts
Employers' contribution (social security)
More information can be found on Skatteetatens website.
How to learn Norwegian?
To promote integration, immigrants and refugees are provided with basic training in Norwegian and social studies. This knowledge is crucial in order be able to take part in working life and the social community in general.
To get started, please contact: Notodden mangfolds- og læringssenter.
You will find a tourist information office at both the Municipality Service Center and at Bok & Blueshuset. Our staff is ready to help, whether you would like city sightseeing, a World Heritage Tour, a guided tour of Heddal Stave Church or you have any other inquiries. Tourist information is also available online at VisitNotodden.
If you are looking for information on the Rjukan - Notodden World Heritage Site, the staff at Telemarksgalleriet and Lysbuen Museum are also ready to provide you with information.
The Municipality Service Center
Phone: +47 35 01 50 00
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 08.00 am - 03.00 pm
Saturday - Sunday closed
Bok & Blueshuset (The House of Books and Blues)
Phone: +47 35 01 56 00
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 08.00 pm
Saturday - Sunday 02.00 pm - 08.00 pm
Web page: Bok & Blueshuset
Telemarksgalleriet and Lysbuen Museum
O. H. Holtasgate 27, 3678 Notodden
Phone: +47 35 01 00 80
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 12.00 pm - 04.00 pm
Saturday- Sunday 12.00pm - 05.00 pm
Web page: Norsk industriarbeidermuseum.
Whether you are looking for something to do this evening or are planning a cultural break in Notodden, these event calendars will provide you with information on a wide variety of happenings to choose from.
The Culture Program provides you with an overview of events at Bok & Blueshuset and Notodden Theater. The Culture Program is distributed per mail to all households every Spring and Fall semesters.
Anyone can register events at Telen's Culture Calendar. Here you will find an overview of activities that have been registered for the Notodden-area.
Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum provides information about activities at Heddal bygdetun, Lysbuen industrimuseum and Telemarksgalleriet.
The municipality and town of Notodden was founded in 1913. The rural municipalities of Heddal, Gransherad (with Bolkesjø) were merged with Notodden to form a new enlarged municipality in 1964.
From early on, Notodden was a junction for travelers and a trade center, where forestry and agriculture were dominant. As the region’s waterways facilitated both transportation and hydro-electric power production, several minor industries were established in Notodden by the end of the 19th century.
Norsk Hydro, one of the cornerstones of Norwegian industry, was founded and set up at Notodden in 1905. The background for setting up the company at Notodden and Rjukan was the development of the "Birkeland-Eyde process"; the invention of a light-arc furnace for the production of calcium nitrate, which led to the first successful attempt to produce large-scale mineral fertilizer. This invention was a response to the western world’s growing demand for agricultural production.
Norsk Hydro and Tinfos Jernverk built hydroelectric power plants, transmission lines, factories and transportation systems to supply the enormous amounts of electric power needed to make fertilizer and the first electrically produced pig-iron in Norway.
Construction of the town itself began at the beginning of the 20th century and many of the townhouses display distinct elements of art nouveau. Both Hydro and Tinfos were strongly involved in housing development. Today the Rjukan-Notodden complex is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List and several residential areas and townhouses are important elements in this heritage, along with the Hydro industrial park and the Tinfos cultural environment.
Notodden remained an industrial town from the early 1900s until the late 1980s, when Tinfos terminated its ferro-alloy production and Hydro’s industrial activity was scaled down. Within a few decades, nearly 2000 local industrial jobs disappeared. Notodden entered a new era, in which it became important to develop new activity and renewed optimism. It was in this time period, in 1988, that the first blues festival was held at Notodden.
Today, Notodden is host to Notodden Blues Festival, the biggest in Scandinavia and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Notodden is also gradually attracting and developing a new and more diversified industrial basis in offshore and defense technology as well as in trading.
Norway has three levels of government. The Central Government and Parliament at national level, the County Authorities (fylkeskommune) at regional level, and the Municipalities at a local level.
The Municipalities are responsible for a variety of services like day care facilities, child welfare, primary and secondary schools, public libraries, primary health care, care for the elderly and disabled, municipal roads, water supply, sewerage, garbage collection and disposal, organization of land use within the municipality e.g. the laying out of land for industrial or commercial use, or housing.
The Municipal Service Center
If you have questions about public services the Municipality Service Center would very much like to help you, whatever you need to know. In several matters, the service hosts are able to answer your questions straight away. In other matters, they will get you in touch with a case handler or an office that is able to help you. The Service Center is located in the Municipal Building at Teatergata 3.
Monday to Friday 8.00 am-3.00 pm
You are welcome to call the Service Center:
Phone: 35 01 50 00
- The Mayor (“ordfører”) of Notodden Municipality is Ms. Gry Fuglestveit, representing The Labor Party.
- The Municipal Council consists of 41 representatives.
- The Chief Municipal Executive (“rådmann”) is Mr. Jan Erik Søhol.
- The Municipality of Notodden employs approximately 1300 people.
Coat of Arms
The coat of arms "Fossekraft", designed by teacher Jens Høibøi, is from modern times. It was granted to Notodden municipality in August 1939. The arms show a silver-colored river that emits four lightning strikes.
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Wait until the one you are talking to has confirmed that he or she has all necessary information, before you turn off the phone
If you need a doctor in the evening, night or weekends, contact:
Emergency room 116117