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About this soundRøros  (Southern Sami: Plassje) is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Gauldalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Røros. Some of the villages in Røros include Brekken, Glåmos, Feragen, Galåa, and Hitterdalen.

Røros kommune

View of the mining town of Røros
View of the mining town of Røros
Official logo of Røros kommune
Trøndelag within
Røros within Trøndelag
Røros within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 62°34′27″N 11°22′59″E / 62.57417°N 11.38306°E / 62.57417; 11.38306Coordinates: 62°34′27″N 11°22′59″E / 62.57417°N 11.38306°E / 62.57417; 11.38306
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreRøros
 • Mayor (2007)Hans Vintervold (Ap)
 • Total1,956.46 km2 (755.39 sq mi)
 • Land1,756.21 km2 (678.08 sq mi)
 • Water200.25 km2 (77.32 sq mi)  10.2%
Area rank32 in Norway
 • Total5,663
 • Rank185 in Norway
 • Density3.2/km2 (8/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5025
Official language formNeutral
Røros Mining Town and the Circumference
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Roros church.jpg
The old Røros in front of the church
CriteriaCultural: iii, iv, v
Inscription1980 (4th Session)
Area16,510 ha
Buffer zone481,240 ha

The mining town of Røros (the administrative centre of the municipality) is sometimes called Bergstaden which means "mountain town" due to its historical notoriety for copper mining. It is one of two towns in Norway that were historically designated "mining towns", along with the "silver-town" of Kongsberg. The modern-day inhabitants of Røros still work and live in the characteristic 17th and 18th century buildings which have led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Røros has about 80 wooden houses, most of them standing around courtyards. Many retain their dark pitch-log facades, giving the town a medieval appearance.[2]

The 1,956-square-kilometre (755 sq mi) municipality is the 32nd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Røros is the 185th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,663. The municipality's population density is 3.2 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.3/sq mi) and its population has increased by 0.8% over the last decade.[3][4]


General informationEdit

The parish of Røros was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1875, an unpopulated area of the neighboring municipality of Ålen was transferred to Røros. On 1 January 1926, Røros was split into four municipalities: Røros landsogn (population: 701), Brekken (population: 1,098), Glåmos (population: 983), and the town of Røros (population: 2,284). During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the four municipalities of Glåmos (population: 700), Brekken (population: 964), Røros landsogn (population: 482), and the town of Røros (population: 3,063) were all reunited under the name Røros. On 21 April 1989, an unpopulated part of Røros was transferred to the neighboring Holtålen municipality.[5] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Sør-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The municipality (and town) is named after the old Røros farm ("Røraas" around 1530), since the town was built on its ground. The first element is the river name Røa and the last element is os meaning "mouth of a river" (the small river Røa runs into the great river Glåma here). The meaning of the river name Røa is unknown.[6] There is no available interpretation of the Southern Sami name, Plassje.

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms was granted on 29 October 1992. The arms show an old copper symbol above two crossed mining tools in yellow on a red background.[7][8]


The Church of Norway has four parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Røros. It is part of the Gauldal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Røros
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Røros Røros Church Røros 1784
Røros Chapel Røros 1962
Brekken Brekken Church Brekken 1878
Glåmos Glåmos Church Glåmos 1926
Hitterdalen Hitterdal Chapel Hitterdalen 1959


Røros municipality has historically been used by the Southern Sami people for reindeer herding. Known for its copper mines, Røros is one of Norway's two nationally significant mining towns with activity starting in the 17th century (the other one being the "silver-town" Kongsberg, see Kongsberg Silver Mines).

Røros was burned to the ground in 1678 and 1679 by the Swedish Army during the Scanian War. In 1718, during the Great Northern War, the town was once again taken by the Swedish Army, led by General De la Barre, who made up the southern arm of the main Swedish Army under Carl Gustaf Armfeldt. De la Barre took the city and all their mined copper at gunpoint.

When King Carl XII was killed near Fredriksten on 30 November 1718, De la Barre retreated north to join the bulk of the army. However, this ended in tragedy, when over 3,000 rather unprepared soldiers perished in the harsh weather conditions in the mountains northwest of Røros.

Røros and its people were made famous to Norwegians at the turn of the 20th century by semi-fictional author Johan Falkberget, who told the story of the mining community from the perspective of the hard-tested miners at the bottom of the social ladder.

With its authentic wooden buildings, Røros was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1980.[9]

Røros Copper WorksEdit

In 1644, the general manager of the mine at Kongsberg gave permission to exploit one lode of copper in the mountains near Rauhaammaaren. Storvola and Gamle Storwartz became some of the company's most important mines. Nordgruve, another important mining area, was situated to the north east of Røros.

In 1685, Røros discovered a considerable amount of associated silver mines. The mining activity lasted for about 40 years, and a total of 1,350 tons of sterling silver was mined. This provided considerable revenue for the Danish-Norwegian treasury to support Frederick IV. Built in the palace of Solbjerg

Starting in 1740 and onwards was a period of greatness for the Røros Copper Works with several mines yielding well. Due to the funding of the Oldenburg family royal family, the scale of the Leros silver mine and copper mining is expanding. As the mine is close to Trondheim and at a lower latitude, the ore output is much higher than ScandinaviaFalun. Other copper mines in Navia, such as the Swedish mines at higher latitudes. The rich income of the mining area also prompted the royal family to repeatedly ask for more mining scale.Dynamite was utilized from 1870 and later drilling machines. The electrical generating station built high-tension power lines to supply the mines starting in 1897. The Bessemer process was introduced at the end of the 1800s. The Rørosbanen railway line was completed in 1877. High prices for both copper and zinc gave good results, but then the prices dropped and there were several years with large losses. After 333 years, mining activity in Røros ceased in 1977.[10]


During winter, a traditional market called "Rørosmartnan" is organized and that draws an average of 60,000–70,000 tourists to the town of Røros each year. The market begins on the last Tuesday in February and lasts five days.[11] There is also an outdoor musical theatre performance played in Røros to commemorate the tragedy when the Swedish soldiers froze to death. This show has been played since 1994.[12]

The town of Røros was the filming location for Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House", directed by Joseph Losey.[13]


The newspapers Arbeidets Rett and Fjell-Ljom are published in Røros.


All municipalities in Norway, including Røros, 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.[14] The municipality falls under the Sør-Trøndelag District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Røros is made up of 27 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[15]

Røros Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet11
 Conservative PartyHøyre5
 Centre PartySenterpartiet3
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti4
 Liberal PartyVenstre2
 Local ListsLokale lister2
Total number of members:27


Røros is located on a gently sloping plateau about 630 metres (2,070 ft) above sea level that is forested with mostly birch and some pine, but the tree line is never far away. The largest lake within the municipality is Aursund and the river Glåma has its origin here. The most northerly part of Femund, the third largest lake in Norway, is located in Røros, just west of Femundsmarka National Park. These lakes and others in Røros, such as Bolagen and Flensjøen, are well suited for kayaking and fishing. Other lakes include Feragen, Håsjøen, Rambergsjøen, Korssjøen, Nedre Roasten, Rogen, and Rien.


Røros has a subarctic climate. Mostly sheltered from oceanic influences, and located at ca 650 m amsl, Røros has recorded the coldest temperatures in the southern half of Norway with −50.3 °C (−58.5 °F) in early January 1914. In the European cold snap of January 2010 temperatures reached −42 °C (−44 °F). The heat record 30.7 °C (87.3 °F) was recorded July 2008. Skiing conditions in winter are usually excellent, with the period from February to April as the optimum, as the sun is higher and the days longer than earlier in winter. The largest snow depth recorded in Røros is 200 centimetres (79 in) in March 1956. In more recent years, 87 centimetres (34 in) snow on the ground was recorded in March 2009. Snow on the ground is virtually guaranteed in Røros from December to early April. Early May 1997 saw 76 cm snow on the ground (source: eklima/

Haugan, an unincorporated settlement situated 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Røros Airport, is the location of a weather station operated by the Norwegian Meteorologist institute. (Norwegian: Meteorologisk institutt).[16]
All the record lows are old, the most recent (December) from 1978, while 7 of the monthly records highs are from year 2000 and later.

Climate data for Røros (625 m; 1981 - 2010; extremes 1900 - 2018)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10.4
Average high °C (°F) −4.9
Daily mean °C (°F) −9.6
Average low °C (°F) −14.4
Record low °C (°F) −50.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 39.3
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 10 8 8 7 7 11 12 13 10 9 9 10 114
Source #1: Meteo climat stats
Source #2:


The municipality is served by the Rørosbanen railway line at Røros Station. Røros Airport has a scheduled service to Oslo. The Norwegian County Road 30 connects Røros to the south to Tynset and northwest down the Gaula valley towards Trondheim. There is also the Norwegian County Road 705 going north to Selbu and Stjørdal, and the Norwegian County Road 31 going east to Sweden.

Media galleryEdit


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  2. ^ "Røros - the mining town". Archived from the original on 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-02-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 199.
  7. ^ "Begrunnelse valg av kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Røros kommune. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  8. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  9. ^ "The People and the Farms". The Røros World Heritage Site.
  10. ^ "The Røros Copper Works". The Røros World Heritage Site.
  11. ^ "Rørosmartnan". Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  12. ^ "Et historisk musikkteater på Røros" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  13. ^ "A Doll's House IMDB".
  14. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  15. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  16. ^ Weather forecast for Haugan in Røros

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