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Flatanger kommune
Rorbu in Lauvsnes.jpg
Coat of arms of Flatanger kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Flatanger kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Flatanger within Nord-Trøndelag
Flatanger within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°25′11″N 10°54′28″E / 64.41972°N 10.90778°E / 64.41972; 10.90778Coordinates: 64°25′11″N 10°54′28″E / 64.41972°N 10.90778°E / 64.41972; 10.90778
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Lauvsnes
 • 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
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,109
 • Rank 390 in Norway
 • Density 2.6/km2 (7/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -4.2 %
Demonym(s) Flatangring[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1749
Official language form Neutral
Website www.flatanger.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

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.

General information[edit]

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.[2]


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".[3][4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted in 1990. The arms show three silver chevrons on a green background. The design was chosen to represent the bow of a boat, seen from the front.


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

Churches in Flatanger
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Flatanger Vik Church Vik 1873
Løvøy Church Lauvøya 1871


View of a small fjord in Flatanger

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.

Rock Climbing[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Flatanger" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 344. 

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