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Fosnes kommune
View of Seierstad on Jøa island
View of Seierstad on Jøa island
Official logo of Fosnes kommune
Trøndelag within
Fosnes within Trøndelag
Fosnes within 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
Established1 Jan 1838
Disestablished1 Jan 2020
Administrative centreDun
 • Mayor (2007-2019)Bjørg Tingstad (Sp)
 • Total544.27 km2 (210.14 sq mi)
 • Land473.43 km2 (182.79 sq mi)
 • Water70.84 km2 (27.35 sq mi)  13%
Area rank199 in Norway
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
 • Total618
 • Rank413 in Norway
 • Density1.3/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)fosnesbygg [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5048
Official language formBokmål [2]
Created asFormannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Succeeded byNamsos in 2020

Fosnes is a former municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. The municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 2020 when it was merged into Namsos Municipality. It was part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Dun on the island of Jøa. Other villages include Salsnes and Nufsfjord.

At the time of its dissolution in 2020, the 544-square-kilometre (210 sq mi) municipality is the 199th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Fosnes is the 413th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 618. The municipality's population density is 1.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.4/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 10% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

View of Mjosund

Fosnes was established as a municipality in the old Nord-Trøndelag county 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.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the Finnanger area of Fosnes on the northern part of the island of Otterøya (population: 116) was transferred to the new municipality of Namsos.[5] In 2018, it became part of the new Trøndelag county which replaced the old Nord-Trøndelag county.

On 1 January 2020, Fosnes became a part of the neighboring Namsos Municipality. This happened because on 16 June 2016, the municipalities of Fosnes, Namsos, and Namdalseid voted to merge into a new, larger municipality as part of a large municipal reform across Norway.[6]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Fosnes farm (Old Norse: Fólgsnnes), since the first Fosnes Church was built there (Fosnes Chapel is now located on the site). 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.[7][8]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was 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.[9]


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

Churches in Fosnes
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Fosnes Dun Church Dun 1949
Fosnes Chapel Fosnesvågen on Jøa 1926
Salen Chapel Salsnes 1953


Fosnes was 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, Salvatnet, 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.[10] The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Fosnes is made up of 13 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the final municipal council was as follows:

Fosnes Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Joint list of the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
and the Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
 Local Lists (Lokale lister)2
Total number of members:13
Fosnes Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Joint list of the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
and the Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
Total number of members:13

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ "Om nye Namsos" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  7. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 336.
  8. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Fosnes" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  9. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  10. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  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.

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