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Coordinates: 59°55′36.35″N 11°28′5.14″E / 59.9267639°N 11.4680944°E / 59.9267639; 11.4680944

Aurskog Church in Aurskog-Høland

Aurskog is a former municipality in Akershus county, Norway. The administrative centre was Aursmoen.

Aurskog was the location of the Battle of Toverud. The parish of Urskog was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1919 the district of Blaker was separated to form a municipality of its own. The split left Aurskog with a population of 3.102.

On 1 January 1966 Aurskog was merged with Nordre Høland, Søndre Høland and Setskog to form the new municipality Aurskog-Høland. Prior to the merger Aurskog had a population of 3.129.

The name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old farm Ør (Norse Aurr 'gravel'), since the first church was built here. The last element is skog (Norse skógr) 'wood' - and the meaning of the full name is 'the woods around the farm Aurr'. Until 1918 the name was written "Urskog".