Meldal is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Orkdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Meldal. Other villages include Løkken Verk, Bjørnli, Å, and Storås.
View of the lake Frilsjøen
Meldal within Trøndelag
|Established||1 Jan 1838|
|• Mayor (2011)||Are Hilstad (Sp)|
|• Total||613.37 km2 (236.82 sq mi)|
|• Land||592.97 km2 (228.95 sq mi)|
|• Water||20.40 km2 (7.88 sq mi) 3.3%|
|Area rank||#184 in Norway|
|• Rank||#233 in Norway|
|• Density||6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||1.5%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-5023|
|Official language form||Neutral|
The municipality is most renowned for its mining activities at Løkken Verk, being the birthplace of the Orkla mining company, now Orkla Group. It is also home to the annual Storåsfestivalen music festival.
The 613-square-kilometre (237 sq mi) municipality is the 184th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Meldal is the 233rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 3,930. The municipality's population density is 6.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (17/sq mi) and its population has increased by 1.5% over the last decade.
The prestegjeld of Meldal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1839, the southern district of Rennebu was separated from Meldal to form a municipality of its own.
The Old Norse form of the name was Meðaldalr. The first element is meðal which means "middle" and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The municipality is named this probably because it is located in the middle of the Orkdalen valley. The name was historically spelled Meldalen.
Coat of armsEdit
The coat of arms was granted on 5 February 1985. The arms are a combination of a wheel as a symbol for the local industry, and a wheat ear as a symbol for the agriculture. Both items are yellow on a red background.
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All municipalities in Norway, including Meldal, 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. The municipality falls under the Sør-Trøndelag District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of|
|Local Lists||Lokale lister||2|
|Total number of members:||19|
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