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Agdenes kommune
Official logo of Agdenes kommune
Trøndelag within
Agdenes within Trøndelag
Agdenes within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°32′05″N 09°42′04″E / 63.53472°N 9.70111°E / 63.53472; 9.70111Coordinates: 63°32′05″N 09°42′04″E / 63.53472°N 9.70111°E / 63.53472; 9.70111
Established1 Jan 1896
Disestablished1 Jan 2020
Administrative centreSelbekken
 • Total317.29 km2 (122.51 sq mi)
 • Land296.52 km2 (114.49 sq mi)
 • Water20.77 km2 (8.02 sq mi)  6.5%
Area rank270 in Norway
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
 • Total1,684
 • Rank344 in Norway
 • Density5.7/km2 (15/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
lensvikbygg [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5016
Official language formBokmål [2]
Preceded byØrland in 1896
Succeeded byOrkland in 2020

Agdenes is a former municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. The 317-square-kilometre (122 sq mi) municipality existed from 1896 until its dissolution in 2020 when it became part of Orkland Municipality. It was part of the Fosen region. The administrative centre was the village of Selbekken. Other villages in the municipality included Ingdalen, Lensvik, Vassbygda, Vernes, and Leksa.[3] The Brekstad–Valset Ferry connected Agdenes to the town of Brekstad in Ørland municipality on the other side of the Trondheimsfjorden.

At the time of its dissolution, the 317-square-kilometre (122 sq mi) municipality is the 270th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Agdenes is the 344th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,684. The municipality's population density is 5.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (15/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 4.2% over the last decade.[4][5]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Værnes was established on 1 January 1896 when it was separated from the large municipality of Ørland which originally included land on both sides of the mouth of the Trondheimsfjorden. The new municipality of Værnes encompassed the area along the south side of the Trondheimsleia and Trondheimsfjorden and it initially had a population of 1,412. The name was changed to Agdenes on 17 May 1897 by a royal resolution. The administrative centre was originally at the village of Værnes where the Agdenes Church is located.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the western part of Agdenes (Ytre Agdenes) was separated from the rest of the municipality and it was merged with the neighboring municipalities of Snillfjord (population: 681) and Heim (population: 724) to form the new municipality of Snillfjord. On the same date, the rest of Agdenes municipality (population: 858) was merged with the neighboring municipalities of Lensvik (population: 1,136) and the Ingdalen area of Stadsbygd (population: 171) and together, they formed a new, larger municipality of Agdenes.

On 1 January 1995, the Moldtun area (population: 21) was transferred from Agdenes to the neighboring municipality of Snillfjord. This transfer was approved because the area had been without an outside road connection, and so the only connection was by boat which made it very close to the village of Vernes in Agdenes. When the road was built, it was built to the west, connecting it to Snillfjord, not Agdenes. Therefore, it was logical for the residents to vote to change municipalities.[6]

On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Sør-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county. On 1 January 2020, the municipalities of Agdenes, Orkdal, and Meldal along with the majority of Snillfjord were merged to form the new municipality of Orkland.[7]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Agdenes farm (Old Norse: Agðanes), since the first Agdenes Church was built there. The meaning of the first element is unknown (but it is probably the same meaning as in the name Agder) and the last element is nes which means "headland".[8]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 30 August 1991. The arms show a field of ermine under a red chief. The ermine field symbolizes the fur farming in the municipality. As ermine is also a royal symbol, it symbolises the fact that in historical times the local overlords (jarls) and kings have resided in the village. The red chief across the top was chosen to represent the importance of strawberry farming in the municipality.[9]


The Church of Norway had one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Agdenes. It is part of the Orkdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Agdenes
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Agdenes Agdenes Church Vernes 1857
Lensvik Church Lensvik 1863
Ingdal Chapel Ingdalen 1960


The industrial density of Agdenes is above the national average, and the primary sector is the biggest. Most of the inhabitants work within the milk or forest industry. The growth of strawberries and the breeding of fur animals are important industries as well.

The growth of strawberries has been a major industry in Agdenes for the past 100 years, started by the farmer Lars H. Selbæk in 1886 by planting some strawberry flowers and then giving them away to neighbouring farms. The most common varieties of strawberry grown here are Korona, Sephyr, Senga Sengana, and Bounty. Today, strawberry collection is performed by foreign workers, which are mainly from Poland and Lithuania. In the initial stages, the Norwegian youth were the main workforce, but after the 1970s, it became less attractive for them to pick strawberries in a field.


All municipalities in Norway, including Agdenes, 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.[10] The municipality falls under the Sør-Trøndelag District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Agdenes is made up of 17 representatives that are elected every four years. The party breakdown of the final municipal council is as follows:

Agdenes Kommunestyre 2016–2019
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Common list for rural development (Felleslista for bygdeutvikling)10
Total number of members:17
Agdenes Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Local Lists (Lokale lister)4
 Common list for rural development (Felleslista for bygdeutvikling)5
Total number of members:17


View of the lighthouse in the Trondheimsfjord

The municipality is situated at the south end of the mouth of the Trondheimsfjord where it meets the Trondheimsleia. It includes several islands including Leksa. The municipality borders the municipalities of Hitra, Ørland, Indre Fosen, Orkdal, and Snillfjord. The lake Øyangsvatnet is located in the west central part of the municipality. The Agdenes Lighthouse sits on the edge of the Trondheimsfjord.


The municipality of Agdenes has a rich and varied birdlife. One of the better places is Litlvatnet. Fully protected since 1983, this nature reserve comprises shallow water with extensive reed beds. The lake is surrounded by farm land, which in its own right provides food and shelter for several species. Formed during the last ice age when sea levels dropped leaving exposed areas of land and trapped water from the melting ice, today's Litlvatnet is a remnant of this.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Haugen, Morten, ed. (2017-10-19). "Agdenes". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  5. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  6. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  7. ^ "Nye Orkland: Kommunene" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  8. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 42.
  9. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  10. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  11. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Sør-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-19.

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