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Grong kommune
Grong in early August 2007
Grong in early August 2007
Coat of arms of Grong kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Grong kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Grong within Nord-Trøndelag
Grong within Nord-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
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Medjå
 • Mayor (2011) Skjalg Åkerøy (Ap)
 • Total 1,136.17 km2 (438.68 sq mi)
 • Land 1,097.64 km2 (423.80 sq mi)
 • Water 38.53 km2 (14.88 sq mi)
Area rank 87 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 2,467
 • Rank 302 in Norway
 • Density 2.2/km2 (6/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 3.4 %
Demonym(s) Grongning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1742
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

About this sound Grong  (Southern Sami: Kråangke) 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 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 426 municipalities in Norway. Grong is the 302nd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,467. The municipality's population density is 2.2 inhabitants per square kilometre (5.7/sq mi) and its population has increased by 3.4% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

Grong was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1901, the northwestern district of Høylandet (population: 1,046) was separated from Grong to form its own municipality. On 1 January 1923, the northeastern district of Røyrvik (population: 392), the northwestern district of Namsskogan (population: 469), and the central district of Harran (population: 630) were all split from Grong to form separate municipalities. This left a vastly smaller municipality of Grong with only 1,272 residents. On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Harran (population: 1,085) was merged back into Grong.[3]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Grong farm (Old Norse: Granungar), since the first church was built there. The first element is grǫn which means "spruce" and the last element is the plural form of the suffix -ungr.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were 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. The name is supposedly derived from Granungar. The number three symbolizes the three main villages in the municipality: Harran, Bergsmoen, and Medjå.[5]


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

Churches in Grong
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Grong Grong Church Grong 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.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Grong is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Grong Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name 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


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.

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  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 2017-09-26. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 295. 
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 29 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "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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