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Nærøy kommune
View of the Opløfjord in Nærøy
View of the Opløfjord in Nærøy
Coat of arms of Nærøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nærøy kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Nærøy within Nord-Trøndelag
Nærøy within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°56′1″N 11°46′47″E / 64.93361°N 11.77972°E / 64.93361; 11.77972Coordinates: 64°56′1″N 11°46′47″E / 64.93361°N 11.77972°E / 64.93361; 11.77972
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Kolvereid
 • Mayor (1999) Steinar Aspli (Sp)
 • Total 1,066.73 km2 (411.87 sq mi)
 • Land 1,011.80 km2 (390.66 sq mi)
 • Water 54.93 km2 (21.21 sq mi)
Area rank 95 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,999
 • Rank 186 in Norway
 • Density 4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -6.6 %
Demonym Nærøyværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1751
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.naroy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Nærøy is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. Nærøy is part of the Namdalen region. Norway's smallest town, Kolvereid, is the administration centre of the municipality. Some villages in Nærøy include Abelvær, Foldereid, Gravvik, Lund, Ottersøy, Salsbruket, Steine, and Torstad.

General information[edit]

Nærøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1869, the western district was separated from Nærøy to become the new municipality of Vikten. This left Nærøy with 1,477 residents. On 1 January 1902, an unpopulated area of Kolvereid was transferred to Nærøy. On 1 January 1964, the municipalities of Gravvik, Kolvereid, and most of Foldereid were merged with Nærøy to form a new, larger municipality of Nærøy. Prior to the merger, Nærøy had 2,182 residents and after the merger there were 6,241 residents.[2]


The Old Norse form of the name was Njarðøy. The first element is maybe the stem form of the name of the Norse god Njord (but it is suspicious that it is not in the genitive case). The last element is øy which means "island". Historically, the name has had varying spellings such as Nærø or Nærøen.[3][4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 22 May 1987. The arms are based on the seal of King Håkon Magnusson from 1344, on a document in which the King granted several rights to the local farmers. The seal shows the St. Mary in a portal decorated with fleur-de-lis, the symbol of the St. Mary. The arms show a combination of three fleur-de-lis on a gold background. The fleur-de-lis design is red, since the local water lilies generally have a red color.[5]


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

Churches in Nærøy
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Foldereid Foldereid Church Foldereid 1863
Gravvik Gravvik Church Gravvik 1875
Kolvereid Kolvereid Church Kolvereid 1874
Lund Chapel Lund 1965
Salsbruket Chapel Salsbruket 1950
Nærøy Lundring Church Nærøy 1885
Steine Chapel Steine 1911
Torstad Chapel Torstad 1936


The municipality is located in the northwestern part of Nord-Trøndelag county, along the Foldafjord. It includes the islands of Austra and Gjerdinga and the Kvingra peninsula. Several large lakes are located in the municipality including Mjosundvatnet, Salsvatn, and Storvatnet.


Norwegian County Road 17 crosses the northeastern part of the municipality. There is a large network of bridges in the municipality that connect islands and cross fjords. Most notably is the Marøysund Bridge and Nærøysund Bridge which connect Nærøy to Vikna to the west. Also Hestøy Bridge and Smines Bridge connect the village of Lund to Fosnes municipality to the south.

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See also[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. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Nærøy – Nord-Trøndelag" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 354. 
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 13 November 2008. 

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