|• Total||259 km2 (100 sq mi)|
|Created as||Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838|
|Merged into||Steinkjer in 1964|
View of the railway station in the village
|• Total||0.54 km2 (0.21 sq mi)|
|Elevation||39 m (128 ft)|
|• Density||1,081/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|Post Code||7710 Sparbu|
Sparbu is a village and former municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located in the present-day municipality of Steinkjer. The 0.54-square-kilometre (130-acre) village has a population (2011) of 584. The population density of Sparbu is 1,081 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,800 /sq mi).
Sparbu sits along the European route E6 highway, and it is also the location of Sparbu Station on the Nordlandsbanen railway line. The village of Mære lies about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the north, the village of Røra lies about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the south, and the lake Leksdalsvatnet lies about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the east.
The parish of Sparbu was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The eastern district of Skei (population: 1,441) was separated from Sparbu on 1 January 1885 to form a municipality of its own. This left Sparbu with 2,842 residents. On 1 January 1964, a major municipal merger took place: the municipalities of Sparbu, Ogndal, Beitstad, Egge, Kvam, and Stod were all merged with the town of Steinkjer to form the new municipality of Steinkjer. Prior to the merger, Sparbu had 4,027 inhabitants.
- Jarle Benum, Norwegian politician for the Norwegian Liberal Party
- Torgeir Brandtzæg, Norwegian ski jumper
- Karl Morten Eek, Norwegian football player
- Rune Ertsås, Norwegian football player
- Mona Juul, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former politician for the Norwegian Labour Party
- Peder E. Vorum, Norwegian educator and politician for the Norwegian Labour Party
- Hans Ystgaard, farmer and politician with the Norwegian Labour Party
Sigrd Ekran, 11th place winner of the 2012 Iditarod
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