Voss
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is a municipality
Municipalities of Norway
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 in Hordaland
Hordaland
is a county in Norway, bordering Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Telemark and Rogaland. Hordaland is the third largest county after Akershus and Oslo by population. The county administration is located in Bergen...

 county
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, Norway
Norway
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. It is part of the traditional district
Districts of Norway
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 of Voss. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Vossevangen
Vossevangen
Vossevangen is the centre of Voss municipality in Hordaland, Norway. The population is about 5500. It's located in the center of Voss at the north-east edge of Vangsvatnet....

.

Voss was established as a municipality on January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt
Formannskapsdistrikt
Formannskapsdistrikt was the name for a Norwegian local self-government districts put into force in 1838. This system of municipality was created in a bill approved by the Storting and signed into law by King Carl Johan on 14 January 1837...

). Vossestrand
Vossestrand
Vossestrand is a former municipality in Hordaland county, Norway.It was created by a split from Voss on January 1, 1868. At that time, Vossestrand had a population of 2,010.On 1 January 1964 the entire municipality was reunited with Voss....

 was separated from Voss on January 1, 1868 and Evanger
Evanger
Evanger is a village and a former municipality in Vaksdal municipality, Hordaland county, Norway.-History:The village of Evanger is located in the western part of Voss, in the eastern end of the lake Evangervatnet. It was designated to be a municipality by a split from Voss on January 1, 1885. At...

 was separated from Voss on January 1, 1885. All of Vossestrand and the main part of Evanger, were merged back into the municipality of Voss on January 1, 1964.

The main centre of population is the town Voss or Vossevangen
Vossevangen
Vossevangen is the centre of Voss municipality in Hordaland, Norway. The population is about 5500. It's located in the center of Voss at the north-east edge of Vangsvatnet....

.
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is a municipality
Municipalities of Norway
Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties , and 430 municipalities...

 in Hordaland
Hordaland
is a county in Norway, bordering Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Telemark and Rogaland. Hordaland is the third largest county after Akershus and Oslo by population. The county administration is located in Bergen...

 county
Counties of Norway
Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties . The counties form the primary first-level subdivisions of Norway and are further divided into 430 municipalities...

, Norway
Norway
Norway , officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and Bouvet Island. Norway has a total area of and a population of about 4.9 million...

. It is part of the traditional district
Districts of Norway
The country Norway is historically divided into a number of districts. Many districts have deep historical roots, and only partially coincide with today's administrative units of counties and municipalities. The districts are defined by geographical features, often valleys, mountain ranges, fjords,...

 of Voss. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Vossevangen
Vossevangen
Vossevangen is the centre of Voss municipality in Hordaland, Norway. The population is about 5500. It's located in the center of Voss at the north-east edge of Vangsvatnet....

.

Voss was established as a municipality on January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt
Formannskapsdistrikt
Formannskapsdistrikt was the name for a Norwegian local self-government districts put into force in 1838. This system of municipality was created in a bill approved by the Storting and signed into law by King Carl Johan on 14 January 1837...

). Vossestrand
Vossestrand
Vossestrand is a former municipality in Hordaland county, Norway.It was created by a split from Voss on January 1, 1868. At that time, Vossestrand had a population of 2,010.On 1 January 1964 the entire municipality was reunited with Voss....

 was separated from Voss on January 1, 1868 and Evanger
Evanger
Evanger is a village and a former municipality in Vaksdal municipality, Hordaland county, Norway.-History:The village of Evanger is located in the western part of Voss, in the eastern end of the lake Evangervatnet. It was designated to be a municipality by a split from Voss on January 1, 1885. At...

 was separated from Voss on January 1, 1885. All of Vossestrand and the main part of Evanger, were merged back into the municipality of Voss on January 1, 1964.

The main centre of population is the town Voss or Vossevangen
Vossevangen
Vossevangen is the centre of Voss municipality in Hordaland, Norway. The population is about 5500. It's located in the center of Voss at the north-east edge of Vangsvatnet....

. Voss is situated on the main road and railway line from Oslo
Oslo
Oslo is a municipality, as well as the capital and most populous city in Norway. As a municipality , it was established on 1 January 1838. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III of Norway, the city was largely destroyed by fire in 1624. The city was moved under the reign of Denmark–Norway's King...

 to Bergen
Bergen
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with a population of as of , . Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland county. Greater Bergen or Bergen Metropolitan Area as defined by Statistics Norway, has a population of as of , ....

, about 100 kilometres east of Bergen. The people of Voss make their living mainly from agriculture
Agriculture
Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Agriculture was the key implement in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the...

 and tourism
Tourism
Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people "traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes".Tourism has become a...

, both in the summer and winter.

Name

The Old Norse
Old Norse
Old Norse is a North Germanic language that was spoken by inhabitants of Scandinavia and inhabitants of their overseas settlements during the Viking Age, until about 1300....

 form of the name was Vǫrs, and this might have been the old name of Vangsvatnet
Vangsvatnet
Vangsvatnet is a lake in the municipality of Voss in Hordaland county, Norway. The lake is used for various water based extreme sports activities like Kite surfing and boat dragged paragliding. The Vosso River flows through both Vangsvatnet and Evangervatnet before it empties into Bolstadfjord by...

. If this is the case, the name probably is derived from the word vǫrr which means "wave" or "sea". (-s is a common suffix
Suffix
In linguistics, a suffix is an affix which is placed after the stem of a word. Common examples are case endings, which indicate the grammatical case of nouns or adjectives, and verb endings, which form the conjugation of verbs...

 in old Norwegian place names.)

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms
Coat of arms
A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on a shield or escutcheon or on a surcoat or tabard used to cover and protect armour and to identify the wearer. Thus the term is often stated as "coat-armour", because it was anciently displayed on the front of a coat of cloth...

 is from modern times. They were granted on 8 July 1977. They show a gray deer
Deer
Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. Species in the Cervidae family include white-tailed deer, elk, moose, red deer, reindeer, fallow deer, roe deer and chital. Male deer of all species and female reindeer grow and shed new antlers each year...

 on a red background.

The arms are based on the seal of Peter who was the owner of the farm Finne in Voss, which was one of the largest farms in Western Norway in the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
The Middle Ages is a periodization of European history from the 5th century to the 15th century. The Middle Ages follows the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 and precedes the Early Modern Era. It is the middle period of a three-period division of Western history: Classic, Medieval and Modern...

. He used a silver deer
Deer
Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. Species in the Cervidae family include white-tailed deer, elk, moose, red deer, reindeer, fallow deer, roe deer and chital. Male deer of all species and female reindeer grow and shed new antlers each year...

 on a red background as his personal coat-of-arms in 1303. His son also used a deer on his seals as did most of their relatives until 1460. The shape and position of the deer changed between the different persons, but it always was the main figure.

History

In the early Viking Age
Viking Age
Viking Age is the term for the period in European history, especially Northern European and Scandinavian history, spanning the late 8th to 11th centuries. Scandinavian Vikings explored Europe by its oceans and rivers through trade and warfare. The Vikings also reached Iceland, Greenland,...

, before Harald Fairhair, Voss was a petty kingdom
Petty kingdom
A petty kingdom is one of a number of small kingdoms, described as minor or "petty" by contrast to an empire or unified kingdom that either preceded or succeeded it...

. According to legend, the people of Voss were forcibly converted to Christianity by king Olav
Olaf II of Norway
Olaf II Haraldsson was King of Norway from 1015 to 1028. He was posthumously given the title Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae and canonised in Nidaros by Bishop Grimkell, one year after his death in the Battle of Stiklestad on 29 July 1030. Enshrined in Nidaros Cathedral...

, who later became St. Olav. A stone cross situated in the town of Vossevangen is said to have been erected at this time. The town contains a stone church from 1277, with a 16th century excentric, octagonal steeple. Just outside the town is Finnesloftet, a wooden guildhall
Guildhall
A guildhall, or guild hall, is a building historically used by guilds for meetings and other purposes. It is also the official or colloquial name for many of these specific buildings, now often used as town halls or museums....

 believed to be the oldest profane wooden building in Northern Europe.

After the German invasion of Norway
Operation Weserübung
Operation Weserübung was the code name for Germany's assault on Denmark and Norway during the Second World War and the opening operation of the Norwegian Campaign...

 on April 9, 1940, Voss was the main point of mobilisation for the Norwegian Army
Norwegian Army
Norway achieved full independence in 1905, and in the first century of its short life has contributed to two major conflicts, the Cold War and the War on Terror. The Norwegian Army currently operates in the north of Norway and in Afghanistan as well as in Eastern Europe. The Army is the oldest of...

 in the west, as the city of Bergen
Bergen
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with a population of as of , . Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland county. Greater Bergen or Bergen Metropolitan Area as defined by Statistics Norway, has a population of as of , ....

 had already fallen on the first day of the invasion. Although most of the troops mobilised here were transferred by railway to the fighting in the east of the country, the German forces, advancing towards Voss along the railway line from Bergen and from the Hardangerfjord
Hardangerfjord
With a length of , the Hardangerfjord in the county of Hordaland in Norway is the third largest fjord in the world and the second largest in Norway. The surrounding district is called Hardanger....

, were met with stiff resistance. In Hardanger, some of the Germans climbed up the mountains from Ålvik while the rest went through Granvin
Granvin
Granvin is a municipality in the county of Hordaland, Norway. The population is 964. About half of these, 444 people, live in the village of Granvin, situated at the end of a side arm of the Hardangerfjord.-Name:...

. To break down this resistance the town of Voss was bombed by the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe is a generic German term for an air force. It is also the official name for two of the four historic German air forces, the Wehrmacht air arm founded in 1935 and disbanded in 1946; and the current Bundeswehr air arm founded in 1956....

 on 24 and April 25, and the surrounding countryside on April 26. About a dozen civilians lost their lives in the bombing which completely destroyed the old wood-built town centre. On April 27, the German forces entered the town, which remained occupied until May 8, 1945.

In 1964 the municipality was enlarged with the incorporation of neighbouring Vossestrand
Vossestrand
Vossestrand is a former municipality in Hordaland county, Norway.It was created by a split from Voss on January 1, 1868. At that time, Vossestrand had a population of 2,010.On 1 January 1964 the entire municipality was reunited with Voss....

 and Evanger
Evanger
Evanger is a village and a former municipality in Vaksdal municipality, Hordaland county, Norway.-History:The village of Evanger is located in the western part of Voss, in the eastern end of the lake Evangervatnet. It was designated to be a municipality by a split from Voss on January 1, 1885. At...

, which had up until then been separate municipalities within the traditional district
Districts of Norway
The country Norway is historically divided into a number of districts. Many districts have deep historical roots, and only partially coincide with today's administrative units of counties and municipalities. The districts are defined by geographical features, often valleys, mountain ranges, fjords,...

 also known as Voss.

Birdlife

Voss has a wide range of habitats, everything from high barren mountains to rich fertile valleys. The large areas of coniferous forests provide food and shelter for a whole host of species, while the many wetland areas are regarded as some of the most interesting birding habitats in the county. There is a bird reserve at Lønaøyane with marked paths and a tower hide. Over 155 species have been seen at this locality. Many are common Scandinavia species, but the area has also produced the unexpected like the Great Egret
Great Egret
The Great Egret , also known as the Great White Egret or Common Egret, White Heron, or Great White Heron, is a large, widely-distributed egret. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe it is rather localized...

, European Hobby, and Woodlark
Woodlark
The Woodlark is the only lark in the genus Lullula. It breeds across most of Europe, the Middle East Asia and the mountains of north Africa. It is mainly resident in the west of its range, but eastern populations of this passerine bird are more migratory, moving further south in winter...

 just to name a few,

Tourism

Voss sits in a location surrounded by snow-capped mountains, forests, lakes and fast flowing white water rivers. This has led to its development as a notable center of ski
Ski
A ski is a long, flat device worn on the foot, usually attached through a boot, designed to help the wearer slide smoothly over snow. Originally intended as an aid to travel in snowy regions, they are now mainly used for recreational and sporting purposes...

ing, water sports, skydiving, paragliding
Paragliding
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure...

 and other adventure sports. The area hosts the Ekstremsportveko
Ekstremsportveko
Ekstremsportveko , or "Veko" as it is commonly called by the locals, is a festival held annually in Voss, Norway. Established in 1998 by Einar Raa Nilsen, Frode Solbakk, Oyvind Kindem and Even Rokne, has grown to become one of the world's largest extreme sports festivals.-Disciplines:The week...

 (Extreme Sports Week) every year in the last week of June, which is regarded as the world's premier extreme sports festival. Bømoen, the local airstrip, is home to Skydive Voss, one of the largest dropzones in Norway, as well as a gliding club. The rivers provide various levels of white water, attracting kayaking, rafting and river boarding. Kite surfing and Para-bungee may been seen on lake Vangsvatnet. The ski area, to the north of the town, is accessible via a cable car
Aerial tramway
An aerial tramway , cable car , ropeway or aerial tram is a type of aerial lift which uses one or two stationary ropes for support while a third moving rope provides propulsion...

, Hangursbanen
Hangursbanen
Hangursbanen is a gondol cable car in Voss, Norway. It is 1126 metres long and has a top altitude of 660 above sea level. It is owned and run by Voss Resort AS, a local ski resort in Voss....

 from the town. There is also chair lift access from Bavallen, a short distance to the northeast of Voss.

The town's proximity to the Sognefjord
Sognefjord
The Sognefjord is the largest fjord in Norway, and the second longest in the world. Located in Sogn og Fjordane county, it stretches inland to the small village of Skjolden...

 and its position between Bergen and Flåm on the scenic railway have made it popular with tourists. One of the sights on the road to Flåm is the waterfall Tvindefossen.

The Voss Museum displays several old farmsteads, including the larger than life stone statue of Lars O. Kindem. Next to the open-air part, there is a museum building with over 20 000 items from traditional farm life.

Athletes

  • Gisle Fenne
    Gisle Fenne
    Gisle Fenne is a former Norwegian biathlete from Voss near Bergen. His best known international achievement was the silver medal in the 20 km individual in the World Championships 1989 in Feistritz an der Drau. He succeeded in many duels with team mate Eirik Kvalfoss...

     - World Cup silver medalist in biathlon
  • Odd Lirhus
    Odd Lirhus
    Odd Lirhus . Is a former Norwegian biathlete. At the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo he won a silver medal in the relay. He also won a gold medal in the 20 km individual at the 1978 Biathlon World Championship....

     - World Cup winner in biathlon
  • Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen
    Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen
    Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen is a Norwegian biathlete from Voss. She has been on the Norwegian elite team since 1998. In 1998 she became junior world champion in the sprint event, and she won her first triumph as a senior at the 2005 World Championships where she won the 12.5 km mass...

     - world champion in biathlon
  • Astrid Lødemel
    Astrid Lødemel
    Astrid Lødemel is a retired Norwegian alpine skier from Voss. Her best result in the World Cup is a second place in Vail, USA, December 13, 1992 just two hundreds of a second behind Ulrike Maier...

     - World Cup silver medalist in alpine skiing
  • Jori Mørkve
    Jori Mørkve
    Jori Mørkve is a Norwegian biathlete.Mørkve debuted in the World Cup in 2001 in Oberhof with a 77th place finish. In 2005, she came in 49th in the 15 km in Anterselva. Her best achievement in the world cup to date is a third place with the Norwegian relay team from Hochfilzen in the season of...

     - biathlon, relay bronze winner in the World Championships in Antholz
  • Kristian Ystaas
    Kristian Ystaas
    Kristian Ystaas is a strong striker currently playing for Notodden FK. He most notably played for Sogndal and Brann in the Norwegian Premier League....

     - footballers
  • Jon Istad
    Jon Istad
    Jon Istad is a former Norwegian biathlete.With the Norwegian relay team he won a silver medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble. He won a gold medal in the 20 km event at the 1966 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, becoming the second biathlon World Champion in Norway's...

     - World Championship Gold in 1966 biathlon shooter + king
  • Sjur Røthe
    Sjur Røthe
    Sjur Røthe is a Norwegian cross-country skier.He made his World Cup debut in March 2009 in Trondheim, but did not finish the race, and collected his first World Cup points in November 2009 in Beitostølen, with an eighteenth place. A fifteenth place in a 4 x 10 km relay race followed.He represents...

     - Cross-Country

Olympic champions

Voss is a winter sports center and has in recent times been the home of many world-class athletes in several winter sports, most prominently biathlon
Biathlon
Biathlon is a term used to describe any sporting event made up of two disciplines. However, biathlon usually refers specifically to the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting...

, but also alpine skiing
Alpine skiing
Alpine skiing is the sport of sliding down snow-covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings. Alpine skiing can be contrasted with skiing using free-heel bindings: Ski mountaineering and nordic skiing – such as cross-country; ski jumping; and Telemark. In competitive alpine skiing races four...

, nordic skiing
Nordic skiing
Nordic skiing is a winter sport that encompasses all types of skiing where the heel of the boot cannot be fixed to the ski, as opposed to Alpine skiing....

 and freestyle skiing
Freestyle skiing
Freestyle skiing is form of skiing which used to encompass two disciplines: aerials, and moguls. Except the two disciplines mentioned earlier Freestyle Skiing now consists of Skicross, Half Pipe and Slope Style...

. In all, athletes from Voss have won 6 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 7 bronze medals at winter Olympic games. Athletes from Voss have been present, representing Norway, at every winter Olympic games except one since 1948 Winter Olympics
1948 Winter Olympics
The 1948 Winter Olympics, officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated in 1948 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The Games were the first to be celebrated after World War II; it had been twelve years since the last Winter Games in 1936...

, the exception being 1972
1972 Winter Olympics
The 1972 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated from February 3 to February 13, 1972 in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan...

.
  • Jan Einar Thorsen
    Jan Einar Thorsen
    Jan Einar Thorsen is a former Norwegian Alpine skier, active between 1987 and 1994. He won three World Cup victories, two in Super-G and one in Giant Slalom. In addition he won the World Cup title for Super G in 1994. At the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, Thorsen won a bronze medal in the Super-G,...

     - 1994 Winter Olympics
    1994 Winter Olympics
    The 1994 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 12 to 27 February 1994 in and around Lillehammer, Norway. Lillehammer failed to win the bid for the 1992 event. Lillehammer was awarded the games in 1988, after having beat...

    , bronze medal winner in downhill
  • Eirik Kvalfoss
    Eirik Kvalfoss
    Eirik Kvalfoss is a former biathlete from Voss, Norway. He won three medals during the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo: gold in the 10 km sprint, silver in relay and bronze in the 20 km individual. In total Kvalfoss won 11 individual Olympic and World Championship medals between 1982–1991, as...

     - 1984 Winter Olympics
    1984 Winter Olympics
    The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Other candidate cities were Sapporo, Japan; and Gothenburg, Sweden...

     (biathlon
    Biathlon
    Biathlon is a term used to describe any sporting event made up of two disciplines. However, biathlon usually refers specifically to the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting...

    , sprint)
  • Kristen Skjeldal
    Kristen Skjeldal
    Kristen Skjeldal is an Olympic champion and cross country skier from Norway. He has won three olympic medals: two gold and one bronze. He won his first gold medal in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville...

     - 1992 Winter Olympics
    1992 Winter Olympics
    The 1992 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVI Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 8 to 23 February 1992 in Albertville, France. They were the last Winter Olympics to be held the same year as the Summer Olympics, and the first where the Winter Paralympics...

     (cross-country skiing
    Cross-country skiing
    Cross-country skiing is a winter sport in which participants propel themselves across snow-covered terrain using skis and poles...

    , relay)
  • Kari Traa
    Kari Traa
    Kari Traa is a Norwegian freestyle skier. She won the Olympic title in the moguls event at the 2002 Winter Olympics, finished second at the 2006 games, and finished third at the 1998 games....

     - 2002 Winter Olympics
    2002 Winter Olympics
    The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially the XIX Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event that was celebrated in February 2002 in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Approximately 2,400 athletes from 77 nations participated in 78 events in fifteen disciplines, held throughout...

     (freestyle skiing
    Freestyle skiing
    Freestyle skiing is form of skiing which used to encompass two disciplines: aerials, and moguls. Except the two disciplines mentioned earlier Freestyle Skiing now consists of Skicross, Half Pipe and Slope Style...

    , moguls)
  • Egil Gjelland
    Egil Gjelland
    Egil Gjelland is a former Norwegian biathlete. He is olympic champion in the biathlon relay from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City....

     - 2002 Winter Olympics
    2002 Winter Olympics
    The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially the XIX Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event that was celebrated in February 2002 in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Approximately 2,400 athletes from 77 nations participated in 78 events in fifteen disciplines, held throughout...

     (biathlon
    Biathlon
    Biathlon is a term used to describe any sporting event made up of two disciplines. However, biathlon usually refers specifically to the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting...

    , relay)
  • Lars Bystøl
    Lars Bystøl
    Lars Bystøl is a Norwegian ski jumper who has won one Olympic gold medal, one World Cup event, two FIS Nordic World Ski Championships bronze medals in the team large hill events , and a gold medal in the FIS Ski Flying World Championships...

     - 2006 Winter Olympics
    2006 Winter Olympics
    The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. This marked the second time Italy hosted the Olympic Winter Games, the first being the VII Olympic Winter...

     (ski jumping
    Ski jumping
    Ski jumping is a sport in which skiers go down a take-off ramp, jump and attempt to land as far as possible down the hill below. In addition to the length of the jump, judges give points for style. The skis used for ski jumping are wide and long...

    , K90)
  • Hilde Synnøve Lid
    Hilde Synnøve Lid
    Hilde Synnøve Lid is a Norwegian freestyle skier and Olympic medalist. She received a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. She finished 6th at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.-References:...

     - 1994 Winter Olympics
    1994 Winter Olympics
    The 1994 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 12 to 27 February 1994 in and around Lillehammer, Norway. Lillehammer failed to win the bid for the 1992 event. Lillehammer was awarded the games in 1988, after having beat...

      bronze medal winner in freestyle

Politicians

  • Lars Leiro
    Lars Leiro
    Lars Leiro was a Norwegian politician for the Centre Party.He was born in Haus.He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Hordaland in 1958, and was re-elected on two occasions. From August to September 1963 he served as the Minister of Transport and Communications during the short-lived...

     - former Transport Minister
  • Jon Lilletun
    Jon Lilletun
    Jon Lilletun was a Norwegian politician active in the Christian Democratic Party.-Background:Lilletun was born in Western Vossestrand, now a part of the municipality of Voss. His father owned a farm and also worked as a mailman...

     (1945-2006) - Minister in the Ministry of Education and Research from 1997-2001 (KrF)

Others

  • Ingvild Bryn
    Ingvild Bryn
    Ingvild Bryn is a Norwegian journalist. She is currently a news anchor for the evening news Dagsrevyen, aired on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation....

     - news anchor in NRK
  • Rune Hauge
    Rune Hauge
    Rune Hauge is a Norwegian football agent.In English football, Hauge is best known as the agent who represented John Jensen and Pål Lydersen during their transfers to Arsenal in the early 1990s. This would lead to Arsenal manager George Graham becoming embroiled in allegations that Hauge paid him a...

     - football agent
  • Arne Hjeltnes
    Arne Hjeltnes
    Arne Hjeltnes is a Norwegian writer, television personality, marketer and politician.He was born in Kristiansand, but grew up in Voss. He now lives in Snarøya in Bærum together with former television host Cathrine Gehrken and three female children. He first moved to Bærum in 1982 to attend the BI...

     - presenter of TV2
  • Guri Solberg
    Guri Solberg
    Guri Solberg is television host at the Norwegian TV station TV 2She was host of Absolutt Underholdning in 2004-2005, Skal vi danse? three times in 2006, 2007 and 2008 , and award ceremonies Amanda Award in 2008 and Gullfisken in 2007 and 2008.Solberg is a journalist educated at Volda University...

     - presenter of TV2
  • Trond Egil Soltvedt
    Trond Egil Soltvedt
    Trond Egil Soltvedt is a former footballer from Norway. He played in England with Coventry, Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday before returning to Norway. Soltvedt played twice for his country.-Norway:...

     - former Sheffield Wednesday Footballer
  • Rune Hauge
    Rune Hauge
    Rune Hauge is a Norwegian football agent.In English football, Hauge is best known as the agent who represented John Jensen and Pål Lydersen during their transfers to Arsenal in the early 1990s. This would lead to Arsenal manager George Graham becoming embroiled in allegations that Hauge paid him a...

     - football agent
  • Lars Tvinde
    Lars Tvinde
    Lars Tvinde was a Norwegian actor. He started working for Det Norske Teatret in 1912, and said the first lines at this theatre's opening performance, Ivar Aasen's Ervingen, on 2 January 1913. He is regarded as one of the driving forces at Det Norske Teatret, from its first season until his...

     - actor

Norwegian-Americans

Like the rest of Western Norway, Voss saw large-scale emigration, particularly to the United States, in the 19th and early 20th century.
  • Canute R. Matson
    Canute R. Matson
    Canute R. Matson was a Norwegian born politician who served as Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois at the time of the 1886 Haymarket Square Riot in Chicago.-Background:...

     - Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois
    Cook County, Illinois
    Cook County is a county in the U.S. state of Illinois, with its county seat in Chicago. It is the second most populous county in the United States after Los Angeles County. The county has 5,194,675 residents, which is 40.5 percent of all Illinois residents. Cook County's population is larger than...

  • Aad J. Vinje
    Aad J. Vinje
    Aad John Vinje was a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He served as a Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1922 to 1929.-Background:...

     - Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
    Wisconsin Supreme Court
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the highest appellate court in the state of Wisconsin. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over original actions, appeals from lower courts, and regulation or administration of the practice of law in Wisconsin.-Location:...

  • Knute Nelson
    Knute Nelson
    Knute Nelson was an Norwegian American politician. A Republican, he served in the Wisconsin Legislature and Minnesota Legislature, in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the 12th Governor of Minnesota, and as a U.S...

     - US Senator
  • John Anderson
    John Anderson (publisher)
    -Career:John Anderson was born in Voss, in Søndre Bergenhus Amt, Norway. He was brought by his parents to Chicago in 1845. John Anderson became a printer and in the 1860s he began to print books as well as job printing. Anderson worked initially for the Chicago Tribune...

     - founder and publisher Skandinaven
    Skandinaven
    Skandinaven was a Norwegian language newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois from 1866 until 1941.-Background:Skandinaven was established by three Norwegian immigrants; John Anderson, Knud Langeland and Iver Lawson. John Anderson administered the business side of the newspaper. Iver Lawson...

  • Knute Rockne
    Knute Rockne
    Knute Kenneth Rockne was an American football player and coach. He is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history...

     - American football
    American football
    American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

     player and coach, who is commemorated by a memorial in Vossevangen
  • Lars Fletre
    Lars Fletre
    Lars Fletre was a prominent Norwegian-American sculptor.-Biography:Lars Olavson Fletre was born in Vossestrand, Voss, Hordaland, Norway. He was the son of Ola Oddson Fletre and Kristine Olsdatter ytre Kvårmo....

    - sculptor

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