Ask, Akershus

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Ask, Akershus
Centre of Ask Village
Centre of Ask Village
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)

Ask is the administrative centre of Gjerdrum municipality, Norway. It is around 20 km north-east of Oslo. Its population is 6,890 as of 2020.[1]

Ask contains a community centre, schools, kindergartens, a training centre, shops, a pub, restaurants and hotel, according to public information.[2]

The name[edit]

The centre is named after the old farm Ask. The farm name (Old Norse: Askr) means "ash tree".

2020 landslide[edit]

In the early hours of 30 December 2020 a quick clay landslide, leaving a crater measuring 300 by 700 meters, killed at least seven people,[3] and injured many others, destroying several buildings.[4][5][6][7]

As of Tuesday, 5 January 2021, Norwegian authorities stated their hopelessness of finding any more survivors. Three people were still missing since what has been remarked as "among the worst (landslides) in modern Norwegian history," which destroyed at least 9 buildings containing over 30 apartments, with at least 1,000 known evacuees evacuated out of the village of more than 5,000 residents. [8]


  1. ^ "11342: Areal og befolkning i kommuner, fylker og hele landet (K) 2007 - 2020" (in Norwegian). Statistikkbanken. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Gjerdrum kommune". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Sju personer bekreftet omkommet – fem er identifiserte" (in Norwegian). NRK. 3 January 2021. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Norway landslide: Houses buried in Gjerdrum village near Oslo". BBC News. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Major landslide hits Norwegian village". The Local. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  6. ^ Solberg, Trine (3 January 2021). "Skredet i Gjerdrum: Eirik (31) døde i kvikkleirskredet" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen Nyheter. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  7. ^ HUGE Landslide in Gjerdrum, Norway. Disaster Compilations. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  8. ^ Olsen, Jan M. (5 January 2021). "Rescuers in Norway lose hope of finding landslide survivors". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-01-05.

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Coordinates: 60°4′17″N 11°2′3″E / 60.07139°N 11.03417°E / 60.07139; 11.03417