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Grong kommune

Grong in early August 2007
Grong in early August 2007
Official logo of Grong kommune
Trøndelag within
Grong within Trøndelag
Grong within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°31′53″N 12°37′12″E / 64.53139°N 12.62000°E / 64.53139; 12.62000Coordinates: 64°31′53″N 12°37′12″E / 64.53139°N 12.62000°E / 64.53139; 12.62000
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreMedjå
 • Mayor (2011)Skjalg Åkerøy (Ap)
 • Total1,136.17 km2 (438.68 sq mi)
 • Land1,097.64 km2 (423.80 sq mi)
 • Water38.53 km2 (14.88 sq mi)  3.4%
Area rank87 in Norway
 • Total2,400
 • Rank300 in Norway
 • Density2.2/km2 (6/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)grongning [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5045
Official language formNeutral [2]

About this soundGrong  (Southern Sami: Kråangke) is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Medjå (sometimes called Grong also). Other villages in the municipality include Bergsmoen, Formofoss, Gartland, and Harran.

The 1,136-square-kilometre (439 sq mi) municipality is the 87th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Grong is the 300th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,400. The municipality's population density is 2.2 inhabitants per square kilometre (5.7/sq mi) and its population has increased by 1% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

Grong was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1901, the northwestern district of Grong (population: 1,046) was separated to form the new municipality of Høylandet. On 1 January 1923, the large municipality of Grong was divided into four smaller municipalities: Grong (population: 1,272) in the southwest, Harran (population: 630) in the centre, Røyrvik (population: 392) in the northeast, and Namsskogan (population: 469) in the northwest.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the neighboring municipalities of Harran (population: 1,085) and Grong (population: 1,962) were merged (back together) to form a new municipality called Grong.[5]

On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Grong farm (Granungar), since the first Grong Church was built there. The first element is grǫn which means "spruce" and the last element is the plural form of the suffix -ungr.[6]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 6 February 1987. The arms show three green triangles on a silver/gray background. The green triangles represent spruce trees (gran), making them canting arms since the name is supposedly derived from Granungar which means spruce. The number three symbolizes the three main villages in the municipality: Harran, Bergsmoen, and Medjå.[7]


The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Grong. It is part of the Namdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Grong
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Grong Grong Church Medjå 1877
Harran Harran Church Harran 1874
Gløshaug Church Gartland 1689


Grong is located along the river Namsen in the Namdalen valley. Two major tributaries of the Namsen flow through Grong too: the river Sanddøla and the river Neselva. The Bangsjøene lakes lie at the extreme southern border with Snåsa and Overhalla. The Blåfjella–Skjækerfjella National Park covers a small part of the southeastern part of Grong.


All municipalities in Norway, including Grong, 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.[8] The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Grong is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Grong Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Green Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)9
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:17
Grong Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:17
Grong Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:17


The European route E6 highway follows the river Namsen across the municipality, as does the Nordland Line. The two main stations on the Nordland Line are Grong Station in Medjå and Harran Station in Harran. The old Namsos Line railway used to run from Grong to Namsos, but that is now closed.

Media gallery[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. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 295.
  7. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  9. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  10. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  11. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nord-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-19.

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