Furnes, Norway

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Furnes is a village in the Ringsaker municipality of Innlandet County, Norway.


Furnes is situated between Hamar and Brumunddal. Furnes was also a former municipality in Hedmark county. Furnes was separated from Vang in 1891. It was merged with Ringsaker January 1, 1964. Furnes's own parish and church (Furnes kirke) were consecrated in 1707. Furnes is a cruciform church which has 550 seats. The church was built partially of stone from the Cathedral Ruins in Hamar. The pulpit was made in 1709. The church tower and spire were repaired and enlarged in 1811–12. The church was reconstructed during 1876 under the direction of architect Paul Due. The altarpiece was made for the restoration and was painted by Eilif Peterssen. During a restoration in 1914, the church also obtained four windows with glass paintings of the Four Evangelists.The Norse form of the name was (also) Furnes. The meaning of the first element is unknown, the last element is nes ('headland').

Notable residents

Jon Balke (born 1955) jazz pianist and composer Ole Ellefsæter (born 1939) retired Olympic cross-country skier Alf Frydenberg (1896–1989), Norwegian civil servant Erik Kristiansen (born 1961) ice hockey player Olav Larssen (1894–1981), newspaper editor Odd Narud (1919–2000), businessperson Ove Røsbak (born 1959) poet, novelist, children's writer and biographer Ole Rømer Aagaard Sandberg (1900–1985), politician for the Norwegian Centre Party
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