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Namsskogan is a municipality in Trøndelag, Norway. Namsskogan is located in the upper part of the long Namdalen valley region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Namsskogan. Other villages in the municipality include Brekkvasselv, Smalåsen, Skorovatn, and Trones.

Namsskogan kommune
View of the village of Brekkvasselv in Namsskogan
View of the village of Brekkvasselv in Namsskogan
Official logo of Namsskogan kommune
Trøndelag within
Namsskogan within Trøndelag
Namsskogan within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°52′19″N 12°58′35″E / 64.87194°N 12.97639°E / 64.87194; 12.97639Coordinates: 64°52′19″N 12°58′35″E / 64.87194°N 12.97639°E / 64.87194; 12.97639
Established1 July 1923
Administrative centreNamsskogan
 • Mayor (2011)Stian Brekkvassmo (Ap)
 • Total1,417.16 km2 (547.17 sq mi)
 • Land1,353.65 km2 (522.65 sq mi)
 • Water63.51 km2 (24.52 sq mi)  4.5%
Area rank59 in Norway
 • Total902
 • Rank406 in Norway
 • Density0.7/km2 (2/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5044
Official language formNeutral

The village of Namsskogan lies along the river Namsen in the northern part of the municipality. The European route E6 highway runs through the village.

The 1,417-square-kilometre (547 sq mi) municipality is the 59th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Namsskogan is the 406th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 902. The municipality's population density is 0.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (1.8/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 1.5% over the last decade.[2][3]

General informationEdit

E6 enters Nord-Norge at the northern end of Namsskogan
"Nams-Inn" is a small hotel in Namsskogan.

The municipality of Namsskogan was established on 1 July 1923 when it was separated from the large municipality of Grong. Initially, the population of Namsskogan was 469. The municipal boundaries have not changed since.[4] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The name of the municipality was created in 1923. The first element is the name of the river Namsen and the last element is the plural form of skog which means "woods". Therefore, the meaning of the name is "the woodlands around Namsen".[5]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms was granted on 21 December 1984. The arms show a gold moose's antler on a black background. The municipality is heavily forested and many moose can be found in the area. The arms are based on a very large antler, with a rare golden color, which hangs on the community hall.[6]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Namsskogan. It is part of the Namdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Namsskogan
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Namsskogan Trones Church Trones 1832
Bjørhusdal Church Namsskogan 1970
Skorovatn Chapel Skorovatn 1965


Namsskogan is located in the northeast part of Trøndelag county. It is a heavily forested area with several large lakes including Kalvvatnet, Mellingsvatnet, Storfrøyningen, Storgåsvatnet, and Tunnsjøflyan. The river Namsen runs south through the Namdalen valley. The extreme northeastern part of the municipality is part of Børgefjell National Park.


All municipalities in Norway, including Namskogan, 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.[7] The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Namskogan is made up of 13 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Namskogan Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet6
 Centre PartySenterpartiet3
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti2
 Local ListsLokale lister2
Total number of members:13


In the 2007 municipal elections, Namsskogan had the highest vote for the Socialist Left party in Norway, at 33.6 per cent.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Namsskogan" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  7. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  8. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.

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