When merging of the three municipalities of Asker, Hurum, and Røyken, local officials decided to build-in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the new municipality’s foundational policies. The VLR report is a testament to the process of merging and of integrating the SDGs into local planning. The VLR report provides a detailed explanation of the process followed to implement to SDGs, the policy-enabling environment to carry out such implementation, and the means of implementation. It also reports progress towards the SDGs and highlights exemplary practices executed in Asker.
Issued: June 2021
376.73 ㎢ (2020)
255.13 inhabitants per ㎢ (2022)
Level of Government
Local (ex. city, town, village, etc)
Asker Municipality is located in Viken County, Norway. It is the country’s eight largest municipality. It was established in 2020 after the merger of the three previously independent municipalities of Asker, Hurum, and Røyken. Asker is located in the Oslo Fjord. Being some 20km away from the national capital, Asker is well connected to Oslo. Asker’s economy relies primarily on health and social services, trade, building and construction, industry and education.