Lillehammer is a town and municipality in Gudbrandsdalen in the Inland, at the northern end of Lake Mjøsa. It borders in the north towards Øyer, in the southeast towards Ringsaker, in the south towards Gjøvik, in the southwest towards Nordre Land, and in the west towards Gausdal. Sentrum, Nordre Ål, Søre Ål, Røyslimoen and Vårsetergrenda are located on the east side where Lågen flows into Lake Mjøsa. Jørstadmoen, Fåberg and Rudsbygd are located north of the city center, and Vingnes and Vingrom on the west side of Lake Mjøsa. Lillehammer is also called the "Dølabyen" based on its location at the entrance to Gudbrandsdalen. The city is the northern terminus of "Skibladner".


Area and population
Most inhabitants live in the city center, the districts of Busmoen, Nordre Ål, Søre Ål, Suttestad, Vingnes, Nybu, Jørstadmoen, Røyslimoen, Vårsetergrenda and Fåberg.

Lillehammer is an administration center in Oppland county. The town of Lillehammer has 20,933 inhabitants as of 2020. Ecclesiastically, Lillehammer is the prosthetic seat in Sør-Gudbrandsdal prostitute.

Lillehammer was granted purchase rights in 1827. In 1837, when the presidency laws were introduced, the town was still small, and Lillehammer had a joint municipal council with the surrounding municipality Fåberg. In 1842, the city got its own city council. Merchant Ludvig Wiese has been considered the city's founder, and a statue of him was erected on Lilletorget in connection with the city's 100th anniversary. Until the middle of the 19th century, the buildings were mainly in the area around Hammer farm. In 1850, the city had about a thousand inhabitants, and had good connections to the south and north. The construction of the main line Oslo-Eidsvoll in 1852 was based on the connection with steamships along Lake Mjøsa to Lillehammer, and a newly laid road further up Gudbrandsdalen. This transport system enabled the transit of timber and agricultural goods to the capital, and contributed to the city's growth.

On April 22, 1940, Lillehammer was conquered by German forces. The fighting on the east side of Lake Mjøsa was thus over. Thus, the road up Gudbrandsdalen was opened for the advance of the German forces towards Dombås and Åndalsnes.

In 1964, the municipality was merged with Fåberg municipality. In 1973, Lillehammer came into the world's spotlight through the liquidation of a Moroccan waiter, the so-called Lillehammer case.

Lillehammer was the organizer of the 17th Olympic Winter Games in 1994, with parts of the event distributed to the municipalities of Gjøvik, Øyer, Ringebu and Hamar.

Espen Granberg Johnsen from the Labor Party is mayor of Lillehammer, while Ingunn Trosholmen (AP) is deputy mayor. Both were elected in the autumn of 2015 for the period 2015-2019. Labor cooperates with Venstre and SV.