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About the municipality of Ås

Ås municipality is located approximately 35 km south of Oslo in the Follo region, a part of Akershus County. Ås municipal town hall and nearby cultural center is located centrally, a short distance from the train station, which is part of Østfoldbanen railway line. Highway E-18 and E-6 run through the municipality. Neighbouring municipalities are Oppegård, Ski, Hobøl, Vestby and Frogn. As of 31 December 2015 the population of Ås municipality was estimated to 18 992. The municipality of Ås covers 101.3 square kilometres. The area is characterized by open cultural landscape that is dominated by agriculture.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norwegian: Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet, NMBU) was established 1 January 2014 after a merger between the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (Norwegian: Norges Veterinærhøgskole , NVH) and the University of Life Sciences (Norwegian: Universitetet for miljø- og biovitenskap, UMB). NMBU consists of three faculties, of which two are located at Campus Ås and one is partially located at Campus Adamstuen in Oslo (until 2019). A new building for veterinary sciences will open in Ås in 2019.

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Most of the commerce and industry is located in the Vinterbro/Nordby area in the north of Ås municipality. Tusenfryd, Norway’s largest amusement park is also located in this area.

There are seven primary schools and two secondary schools in Ås municipality, as well as the largest high school in Akershus County.

There are three parishes in Ås municipality: Kroer, Ås and Nordby. In addition the municipality has very active clubs and associations.

Aerial photos of Ås municipality (Ås newspaper’s photo collection, by: Audun Braastad).

Information about the coat of arms of the municipality of Ås. (DOC) (PDF)

Mayors seal (PDF)

Regulations on the use of Ås coat of arms.

Regulations on the use of Ås coat of arms (DOC) (PDF)


Chief municipal executive: Trine Christensen
Mayor in Ås municipality (since 2015): Ola Nordal (AP)

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