Welcome to the Hobøl-shire!
Hobøl has traditionally been a shire characterised by primary industry, in which farming and forestry have been principal employers. Yet, these primary industries are gradually employing fewer people, and it is therefore desired and needed to establish new areas of work. There is empty land available for both housing and development of industries. The employment rate has been stable. Until very recent years the unemployment rate has been very low. However, the percentage of people commuting has been high, with the majority of commuting undertaken towards the Follo- and Oslo-region.
We have about 4600 inhabitants in the shire. Most of these live in one of the three more densely populated areas, that is Tomter, Knapstad, or Ringvoll. Hobøl covers a total area of 144 km2, incorporating 35km2 farming area, 100 km2 area of forestry, and 9 km2 of other areas (e.g., housing area). The large forestry areas provide good opportunities for recreation, hunting, fishing, and experiencing the adventures of local history.