Stange is a municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hedmarken. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Stangebyen.The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Stange farm (Old Norse: Stangir), since the first church was built there. The name is the plural form of stǫng which means "bar, pole, rod". (The farm is lying on a long hill, and this is probably the background for the name.)
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 20 June 1986. The arms show a silver-colored medieval plough called an ard on a green background. It symbolizes this historic importance of agriculture in the area; originally the growing of grains and then later growing potatoes. The arms were designed by Arne Løvstad.Archeological finds indicate agricultural settlements in the area well before the Viking Age. Since the shortest route from the south to Hamar went through the area, there have also been trade and hospitality there since Time immemorial. Stange has its own historical association that publishes articles, short research topics, as well as authoritative works on the area's history.