Flatanger within Nord-Trøndelag
|• Mayor (2003)||Reidar Lindseth (V)|
|• Total||459.30 km2 (177.34 sq mi)|
|• Land||434.17 km2 (167.63 sq mi)|
|• Water||25.13 km2 (9.70 sq mi)|
|Area rank||219 in Norway|
|• Rank||390 in Norway|
|• Density||2.6/km2 (7/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-4.2 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1749|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Flatanger is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lauvsnes. Other villages include Jøssund and Vik.
Flatanger was established as a municipality on 1 January 1871 when it was separated from the large municipality of Fosnes. Initially, Flatanger had 1,472 residents. It is one of the few municipalities in Norway whose boundaries have not changed since it was established.
The municipality is named after the old name for one of the fjords in the area, but it is not known which one. The name is composed of two parts: flat, which probably means "shallow water", and angr, which means "fjord or inlet".
of the Church
The municipality consists mostly of mainland, but also includes almost 1,400 islands of various sizes. Some of the major islands include Bjørøya, Lauvøya, Villa, Halmøya, and Kvernøya. Ellingråsa Lighthouse is located on the island of Bjørøya and Villa Lighthouse is on Villa. These islands all lie on the south side of the Folda firth. The Namsenfjorden forms part of the northern boundary of the municipality.
In the 2007 municipal elections, Flatanger had the highest vote for the Venstre party in all of Norway, at 42.9 per cent.
Flatanger is also home to one of the world's hardest rock climbs. Change 9b+/5.15c+ which was first sent by Adam Ondra on the 4th of October 2012.
Famous people from Flatanger
- Brede Moe, footballer
- Adolf Ribsskog, school man and mayor
- Ole Konrad Ribsskog, school man and mayor
- Toralf Sandø, theater director and actor
- Julie Dahle Aagård, singer
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