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Snåsa (Southern Sami: 'Snåase') is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Innherred region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Snåsa. Other villages include Agle and Jørstad.

Snåsa kommune
Snåasen tjielte
View of Snåsa over Snåsavatnet
View of Snåsa over Snåsavatnet
Coat of arms of Snåsa kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Snåsa kommune
Trøndelag within
Snåsa within Trøndelag
Snåsa within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°13′28″N 12°37′31″E / 64.22444°N 12.62528°E / 64.22444; 12.62528Coordinates: 64°13′28″N 12°37′31″E / 64.22444°N 12.62528°E / 64.22444; 12.62528
Country Norway
County Trøndelag
District Innherad
Administrative centre Snåsa
 • Mayor (2015) Tone Våg (Ap)
 • Total 2,342.66 km2 (904.51 sq mi)
 • Land 2,150.05 km2 (830.14 sq mi)
 • Water 192.61 km2 (74.37 sq mi)
Area rank #20 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 2,159
 • Rank #317 in Norway
 • Density 1.0/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -1.7%
Demonym(s) Snåsning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
ISO 3166 code NO-5041
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Snåsa is one of the last strongholds for the seriously endangered Southern Sami language.

The village of Snåsa is the municipal center of the municipality. It lies at the eastern end of the lake Snåsavatnet. The 1.42-square-kilometre (350-acre) village has a population (2011) of 676. The population density is 476 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,230/sq mi).[2] The village is where Snåsa Church and Snåsa Station are both located.

The 2,343-square-kilometre (905 sq mi) municipality is the 20th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Snåsa is the 317th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,159. The municipality's population density is 1 inhabitant per square kilometre (2.6/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 1.7% over the last decade.[3]


General informationEdit

Snåsa was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The eastern district of Lierne was separated from Snåsa on 1 January 1874 to form a separate municipality. Snåsa's boundaries have not changed since then.[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 Snǫs. The name is identical with the word snös which means "prominent mountain" or "overhanging rock" (possibly referring to the mountain of Bergsåsen, at the inner end of the lake Snåsavatnet). The name was spelled Snaasen until the early 20th century.[5] The Southern Sami language version of the name is Snåasen tjielte, which was officially accepted in 2010 as an alternate name for the Norwegian: Snåsa kommune.[6]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted in 1994. The arms show a yellow Lady Slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) on a blue background. This particular flower is prevalent throughout the municipality.[6]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Snåsa. It is part of the Nord-Innherad deanery and the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Snåsa
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Snåsa Snåsa Church Snåsa 1200


View of the lake Snåsavatnet

Snåsa is located about 180 kilometres (110 mi) northeast of the city of Trondheim, and it borders Sweden to the southeast. Snåsa borders the municipalities of Overhalla, Grong, and Lierne in the north and east, and Steinkjer and Verdal in the west and south. The 6th largest lake in the country, Snåsavatnet, is partly located in the municipality. Other lakes include Andorsjøen, Bangsjøene, Grøningen, Holderen, and Store Øyingen. The Blåfjella–Skjækerfjella National Park covers a lot of the eastern part of the municipality.


All municipalities in Norway, including Snåsa, 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 Snåsa is made up of 21 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Snåsa Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 10
  Conservative Party Høyre 1
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 7
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 2
  Liberal Party Venstre 1
Total number of members: 21


The European route E6 highway runs through the municipality on the north side of the Snåsavatnet lake and the Nordland Line runs along the south side of the lake. The train stops at Jørstad Station and Snåsa Station.


Media galleryEdit


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2011). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality". Archived from the original on 14 November 2011. 
  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. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 273. 
  6. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Snåsa" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  7. ^ "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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