Frosta

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Frosta kommune
Municipality
Frosta sett fra Hellan.jpg
Coat of arms of Frosta kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Frosta kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Norway
Frosta within Nord-Trøndelag
Frosta within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°36′14″N 10°46′28″E / 63.60389°N 10.77444°E / 63.60389; 10.77444Coordinates: 63°36′14″N 10°46′28″E / 63.60389°N 10.77444°E / 63.60389; 10.77444
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
Administrative centre Frosta
Government
 • Mayor (2009) Frode Revhaug (H)
Area
 • Total 76.34 km2 (29.48 sq mi)
 • Land 74.30 km2 (28.69 sq mi)
 • Water 2.04 km2 (0.79 sq mi)
Area rank 399 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,538
 • Rank 307 in Norway
 • Density 34/km2 (90/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 4.3 %
Demonym Frosting[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1717
Official language form Neutral
Website www.frosta.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Frosta is the smallest municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. The administrative centre is the village of Frosta. The municipality is located in the middle of the Trondheimsfjord, on a peninsula just north of Trondheim. It also includes the island of Tautra which is connected to the mainland by a causeway bridge.

General information[edit]

Frosta was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). It is one of very few municipalities in Norway with unchanged borders since that date.[2]

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was (also) Frosta. The meaning of the name is unknown. Historically, the name was also spelled Frosten.[3]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted in 1987. The arms show a gold sceptre or mace on a green background. The coat-of-arms is inspired by the old seal of the Frostating, where King Magnus VI the law-mender is sitting with a lily sceptre in his hand.[4]

Churches[edit]

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

Churches in Frosta
Parish
(Sokn)
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Frosta Frosta Church Frosta 1866
Logtun Church Logtun 1500s

History[edit]

Tinghaugen, Frostating

Several rock engraving sites can be found in the parish, together with burial mounds from Viking times. Archaeologists have for the first time found the remnants of a Viking harbour (Vikinghavna på Fånestangen) in Norway at Frosta. A number of logs sticking up along the shoreline at Frosta have been dated back to around year 1000.

Norway's oldest court, Frostating, had its seat here at Tinghaugen, close to the mediaeval church at Logtun. On the island of Tautra can be found the remains of Tautra Abbey, a Trappist (Reformed Cistercian) convent, established in 1207.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture makes up the largest business in Frosta, which is sometimes called "Trondheim's kitchen garden" due to the substantial production of vegetables, strawberries, and flowers.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 62. 
  4. ^ "Nord-Trøndelag fylke" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-29. 

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