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Lierne is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region, and it is the largest municipality in Trøndelag. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Sandvika. Other villages include Inderdal, Sørli, and Tunnsjø senter. The municipality borders Sweden to the south and east. Most of Lierne lies on the Swedish side of the drainage divide between Norway and Sweden.[2]

Lierne kommune
Winter in Lierne
Winter in Lierne
Coat of arms of Lierne kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Lierne kommune
Trøndelag within
Lierne within Trøndelag
Lierne within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°22′34″N 13°36′35″E / 64.37611°N 13.60972°E / 64.37611; 13.60972Coordinates: 64°22′34″N 13°36′35″E / 64.37611°N 13.60972°E / 64.37611; 13.60972
Country Norway
County Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Sandvika
 • Mayor (2015) Bente Estil (Ap)
 • Total 2,961.70 km2 (1,143.52 sq mi)
 • Land 2,631.19 km2 (1,015.91 sq mi)
 • Water 330.51 km2 (127.61 sq mi)
Area rank #14 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 1,389
 • Rank #363 in Norway
 • Density 0.5/km2 (1/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -6.5%
Demonym(s) Libygg[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
ISO 3166 code NO-5042
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway
Map of Lierne

The cross-country race Flyktningerennet is held here every year. It is a race that follows a route from Nordli to Gäddede in Strömsund Municipality, Sweden, in remembrance of the people who fled Nazi German-occupied Norway for Sweden during the Second World War.

The 2,962-square-kilometre (1,144 sq mi) municipality is the 14th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Lierne is the 363rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,389. The municipality's population density is 0.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (1.3/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 6.5% over the last decade.[3]


General informationEdit

The municipality of Lierne was established on 1 January 1874 when it was separated from Snåsa. Initially, the population of Lierne was 1,015. On 1 July 1915, it was divided into two municipalities: Nordli (population: 863) and Sørli (population: 739). This division, however, was short-lived. On 1 January 1964 they were merged back together again under the former name Lierne. After the merger, there were 2,045 residents in the new municipality.[4] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The Old Norse form of the name was Finnahlíð, where the first element is the plural genitive case of finnr which means "Sami person" (because the district was mostly populated by Sami people at the time). The later form Lierne is the definite plural form of li (Old Norse hlíð) which means "mountainside".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 3 February 1984. The arms show three white Willow Ptarmigans (Lagopus lagopus) on a blue background. The birds are plentiful in the area and hunting them was of great importance historically for the inhabitants to survive during the winters in the area. The bird was thus chosen as a symbol for the municipality.[5]

See also: the coats-of-arms of Sirdal and Holtålen


The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Lierne. It is part of the Namdal deanery in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Lierne
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Nordli Nordli Church Sandvika 1873
Tunnsjø Chapel Tunnsjø senter 1876
Sørli Sørli Church Sørli 1873


Lierne National Park is located in the municipality, and Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park is partly located in Lierne. Lierne has a significant population of brown bears.

Lierne is also home to many lakes, including Gusvatnet, Havdalsvatnet, Holden, Ingelsvatnet, Kingen, Kvesjøen, Laksjøen, Lenglingen, Limingen, Murusjøen, Rengen, Sandsjøen, Stortissvatnet, Tunnsjøen, and Ulen.


All municipalities in Norway, including Lierne, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Lierne is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Lierne Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 7
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 6
  Liberal Party Venstre 2
Total number of members: 15


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Lierne" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 

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