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Fosnes kommune
View of Seierstad on Jøa island
View of Seierstad on Jøa island
Coat of arms of Fosnes kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Fosnes kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Fosnes within Nord-Trøndelag
Fosnes within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°41′02″N 11°34′09″E / 64.68389°N 11.56917°E / 64.68389; 11.56917Coordinates: 64°41′02″N 11°34′09″E / 64.68389°N 11.56917°E / 64.68389; 11.56917
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Dun
 • Mayor (2007) Bjørg Tingstad (Sp)
 • Total 544.27 km2 (210.14 sq mi)
 • Land 473.43 km2 (182.79 sq mi)
 • Water 70.84 km2 (27.35 sq mi)
Area rank 198 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 628
 • Rank 417 in Norway
 • Density 1.3/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -11.8 %
Demonym(s) Fosnesbygg[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1748
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Fosnes 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 Dun on the island of Jøa. Other villages include Salsnes and Nufsfjord.

The 544-square-kilometre (210 sq mi) municipality is the 198th largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Fosnes is the 417th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 628. The municipality's population density is 1.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.4/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 11.8% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

View of Mjosund

Fosnes was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1871, the western district of Fosnes (population: 1,472) was separated to form the new municipality of Flatanger. This left Fosnes with 2,655 residents. On 1 January 1889, a small area of Fosnes (population: 61) was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Vikten. Then on 1 January 1913, the western part of Fosnes (population: 1,631) was separated to form the new municipality of Otterøy. This left the much smaller municipality with 1,107 residents. On 1 January 1964, the Finnanger area of Fosnes on the island of Otterøya (population: 116) was transferred to the new municipality of Namsos.[3]

On 16 June 2016, the municipalities of Fosnes, Namsos, and Namdalseid voted to merge into a new, larger municipality of Namsos on 1 January 2020 as part of a large municipal reform across Norway.[4]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Fosnes farm (Old Norse: Fólgsnnes), since the first church was built there. The first element is fólgsn which means "hiding place" and the last element is nes which means "headland". (The first element is referring to an inlet behind the farm, where ships could not be seen from the main fjord.) Historically, the name was spelled Fosnæs.[5][6]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 13 November 1992. The arms show a black oarlock from a rowing boat on a yellow background. Fosnes is a coastal municipality and rowing boats were the main form of transportation in the former centuries.

The first proposal for arms of Fosnes were taken in 1989, when the council launched a contest to develop arms. Several proposals were received but none was acceptable to or the council, or the Norwegian Heraldic Society, as the proposals were not made according to heraldic rules. Finally the Society proposed the above arms, which were acceptable to the council.[7]


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

Churches in Fosnes
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Fosnes Dun Church Dun 1949
Fosnes Chapel Fosnesvågen 1926
Salen Chapel Salsnes 1953


Fosnes is a coastal municipality located along the Foldafjord, north of the town of Namsos. The municipality includes the island of Jøa, part of the island of Elvalandet, and part of the mainland. The second deepest lake in Europe, Salsvatnet, and the lake Mjosundvatnet are both located in the eastern part of the municipality.


All municipalities in Norway, including Fosnes, 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 Fosnes is made up of 13 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Fosnes Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 4
  Local Lists Lokale lister 9
Total number of members: 13


  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 2017-09-25. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ "Om nye Namsos" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-25. 
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 336. 
  6. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Fosnes" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  7. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 29 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "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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