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Namsskogan kommune
Brekkvasselv, Namsskogan
Brekkvasselv, Namsskogan
Coat of arms of Namsskogan kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Namsskogan kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Namsskogan within Nord-Trøndelag
Namsskogan within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°52′19″N 12°58′35″E / 64.87194°N 12.97639°E / 64.87194; 12.97639Coordinates: 64°52′19″N 12°58′35″E / 64.87194°N 12.97639°E / 64.87194; 12.97639
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Namsskogan
 • Mayor (2011) Stian Brekkvassmo (Ap)
 • Total 1,417.16 km2 (547.17 sq mi)
 • Land 1,353.65 km2 (522.65 sq mi)
 • Water 63.51 km2 (24.52 sq mi)
Area rank 59 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 872
 • Rank 411 in Norway
 • Density 0.6/km2 (2/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -6.5 %
Demonym(s) Namsskoging[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1740
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Namsskogan is a village and municipality in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. Namsskogan is located in the upper part of the long Namdalen valley region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Namsskogan. Other villages in the municipality include Brekkvasselv, Smalåsen, Skorovatn, and Trones.

The village of Namsskogan lies along the river Namsen in the northern part of the municipality. The European route E6 highway runs through the village.

The 1,417-square-kilometre (547 sq mi) municipality is the 59th largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Namsskogan is the 411th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 872. The municipality's population density is 0.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (1.6/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 6.5% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

E6 enters Nord-Norge at the northern end of Namsskogan
"Nams-Inn" is a small hotel in Namsskogan.

The municipality of Namsskogan was established on 1 July 1923 when it was separated from the large municipality of Grong. Initially, the population of Namsskogan was 469. The municipal boundaries have not changed since.[3]


The name was created in 1923. The first element is the name of the river Namsen and the last element is the plural form of skog which means "wood". Therefore, the meaning of the name is "the woodlands around Namsen".[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 21 December 1984. The arms show a gold moose's antler on a black background. The municipality is heavily forested and many moose can be found in the area. The arms are based on a very large antler, with a rare golden color, which hangs on the community hall.[5]

See also: Coats-of-arms for Aremark, Namsos, Ringsaker, and Tynset


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Namsskogan. It is part of the Namdal deanery in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Namsskogan
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Namsskogan Trones Church Trones 1832
Bjørhusdal Church Namsskogan 1970
Skorovatn Chapel Skorovatn 1965


Namsskogan is located in the northeast part of Nord-Trøndelag county. It is a heavily forested area with several large lakes including Kalvvatnet, Mellingsvatnet, Storfrøyningen, Storgåsvatnet, and Tunnsjøflyan. The river Namsen runs south through the Namsdalen valley. The extreme northeastern part of the municipality is part of Børgefjell National Park.


All municipalities in Norway, including Namskogan, 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 council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Namskogan is made up of 13 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Namskogan Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 6
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 3
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 2
  Local Lists Lokale lister 2
Total number of members: 13


In the 2007 municipal elections, Namsskogan had the highest vote for the Socialist Left party in Norway, at 33.6 per cent.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Namsskogan" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "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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