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Flatanger kommune
Rorbu in Lauvsnes.jpg
Official logo of Flatanger kommune
Trøndelag within
Flatanger within Trøndelag
Flatanger within 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
Administrative centreLauvsnes
 • Mayor (2011)Olav Jørgen Bjørkås (Sp)
 • Total458.71 km2 (177.11 sq mi)
 • Land433.52 km2 (167.38 sq mi)
 • Water25.19 km2 (9.73 sq mi)  5.5%
Area rank221 in Norway
 • Total1,105
 • Rank386 in Norway
 • Density2.5/km2 (6/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)flatangring [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5049
Official language formNeutral [2]

Flatanger is a municipality in 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, Hasvåg, and Vik.

The 459-square-kilometre (177 sq mi) municipality is the 221st largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Flatanger is the 386th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,105. The municipality's population density is 2.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (6.5/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 2.9% over the last decade.[3][4]

Flatanger is also known for having some of the most difficult sport climbing routes in the world.

General information[edit]

Flatanger was established as a municipality in the old Nord-Trøndelag county 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.[5] In 2018, it became part of the new Trøndelag county.


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".[6][7]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 12 October 1990. The arms show three silver or white chevrons on a green background. The design was chosen to represent the bow of a boat, seen from the front, since boats have a great historical significance in this coastal fishing community.[8]


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

Churches in Flatanger
Parish (sokn) 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.


All municipalities in Norway, including Flatanger, 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.[9] The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Flatanger is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Flatanger Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)2
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
Total number of members:15
Flatanger Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:15
Flatanger Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)2
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
Total number of members:15


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]

Hanshelleren Cave is known worldwide for the climbing routes Change (9b+) and Silence (9c), climbed by Adam Ondra in 2012 and 2017, respectively.

Flatanger is home to some of the world's hardest sport climbs, particularly in Hanshelleren Cave near town. Change, given the grade 9b+/5.15c+, was first redpointed by Adam Ondra on 4 October 2012. Ondra also redpointed the first, and to date only, 9c climbing route in the world in Flatanger on 3 September 2017. The route was originally named Project Hard by Ondra because of its many difficulties, but after completion—when it was no longer a project—he renamed it Silence.[13][14]

Adam Ondra climbing the route Silence, in Flatanger

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Flatanger" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  7. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 344.
  8. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  9. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  10. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  11. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  12. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nord-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  13. ^ "Adam Ondra climbs world's first 9c at Flatanger in Norway". 2017-09-04.
  14. ^ "Facebook photo". 2017-09-08.

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