Brumunddal, popularly called «Dala», is the largest city and municipal center in Ringsaker municipality in the Inland. The city has 10,919 inhabitants as of 1 January 2020 and is located at the mouth of the river Brumunda on the eastern shore of Lake Mjøsa, 15 kilometers north of Hamar. Brumunddal together with Moelv got city status from 1 January 2010. Brumunddal Football comes from here and plays its matches at Sveum sports park. Brumunddal is a service center for large parts of Ringsaker, with particular emphasis on services to the agricultural sector.



Brumunddal grew as a town after the Dovre line opened from Hamar to Tretten in 1894. Brumunddal station is located at 134 meters above sea level. Brumunddal has numerous industries with connections to agriculture and forestry, especially the wood and furniture and food industry, as well as the clothing and machinery industry, especially the production of agricultural machinery and equipment. Two examples of this are Globus Maskinfabrikk, which was established in 1911, and the timber company Berger Langmoen A / S, which became Brumunddal's largest industrial company and is one of Norway's largest timber producers. In the following period, a lot of business activity grew here, among other things, Huseby dairy was founded in 1898.

Eventually, the settlements on both sides of the river grew, and the city became a natural center for large parts of three municipalities: Ringsaker, Furnes and Nes. Brumunddal as the center was thus an important reason why Ringsaker was merged into a large municipality in 1964. Europaveg 6 was built outside Brumunddal center from Økelsrud to the top of Bergshøgda with completion in 1982 as Motortrafikkvei and then removed the through traffic from the busy center. In 1962, plans were presented for the four-lane E6 motorway to Lillehammer by 1980, but that schedule did not hold. In the new National Transport Plan, a new E6 will be built as a four-lane motorway from Kolomoen to Brumunddal with construction starting no earlier than 2018. Brumunddal is under Brumunddal / Veldre parish, and Brumunddal church was consecrated in 1965.

In the spring of 2019, Mjøstårnet, the world's tallest wooden building, was completed in Mjøskanten. Here is Mjøsbadet, a public swimming pool, and Mjøsparken, an open-air and recreation area of ​​82,600 square meters is next to this. Mjøsparken has a jetty for Skibladner, boat harbor, skating rink, basketball court, petanque court, playground with mini-zipline, beach with swimming bin, sensory garden, barbecue areas, toilet building, charging station for electric bikes and benches.

«The Battle of Brumunddal»
In the 1980s and 90s in Brumunddal, there had long been an emerging resistance to immigration. Store 8-8, which was owned by a Pakistani immigrant, was attacked with an explosive device on February 9, 1988. Later, the store burned down after a firebomb was dropped on April 30, 1988. The police inspector at Hamar police station stated that "It is not talk about organized racism. I would rather call it mob jokes ». Out on Mjøsisen, a cross was erected and lit. The municipality put up planks in front of windows in houses where immigrants lived to prevent stone-throwing and soiling. A Vietnamese family who had lived in Brumunddal since 1979 often had their house vandalized. On the night of March 27, 1991, the father of the family was beaten outside his home.

On April 20, 1991, Aftenposten published an article by Vetle Lid Larssen. The article was entitled "Brumunddal - the place God forgot?" and told about the racist incidents in the city years before. The article sent shock waves through the local community. Public meetings were arranged, and the action group "Brumunddal on new roads" was established. Ringsaker municipality paid 140,000 kroner for a full-page advertisement in Aftenposten, where they called the article "A verbal swing skull," and continued after a facsimile of Larssen's article, "But we needed it."

On 31 August 1991, the well-known immigration opponent Arne Myrdal and his supporters from the People's Movement Against Immigration (FMI) held a meeting in Brumunddal. The meeting ended with a street fight where several hundred blitzers and anti-racists, including from SOS Racism, were chased by Boot Boys, FMI supporters and neutral brumunddøler. E6 and Brumunddal station were blocked off for about half an hour, and police with shields and helmets had to keep the furious mob away so that the more than 100 flashers could be picked up by three buses. One mob was equipment with sticks, iron bars, chains, bottles of gasoline and battery acid.

A thousand people attended a public meeting in Brumunddal 14 days after the Brumunddal battle. "Brumunddal on new roads" received strong political and financial support from the authorities. When Myrdal returned to hold a new meeting on September 20, 4,000 people showed up and turned their backs on him.

From 1992 to 1994, the Brumunddal Action Plan was the school's work against bullying, discrimination and racism. With the project "Brumunddal on new roads", Brumunddal has through hard work managed to get rid of the racist stamp and instead become a good role model for other towns with the same problems.