Heim, Norway

Coordinates: 63°17′26″N 9°05′21″E / 63.2906°N 09.0891°E / 63.2906; 09.0891
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Heim Municipality
Heim kommune
View of the village of Kyrksæterøra
View of the village of Kyrksæterøra
Coat of arms of Heim Municipality
Trøndelag within Norway
Trøndelag within Norway
Heim within Trøndelag
Heim within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°17′26″N 9°05′21″E / 63.2906°N 09.0891°E / 63.2906; 09.0891
Established1 Jan 2020
 • Preceded byHalsa, Hemne, and part of Snillfjord
Administrative centreKyrksæterøra
 • Mayor (2023)Marit Liabø Sandvik (Ap)
 • Total1,024.56 km2 (395.58 sq mi)
 • Land980.35 km2 (378.52 sq mi)
 • Water44.20 km2 (17.07 sq mi)  4.3%
 • Rank#113 in Norway
 • Total5,880
 • Rank#163 in Norway
 • Density6/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Decrease −0.3%
Official language
 • Norwegian formNeutral
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5055[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Heim is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It was established on 1 January 2020 upon the merger of three other municipalities. It is located in the traditional district of Fosen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Kyrksæterøra. Other villages in Heim include Ytre Snillfjord, Heim, Hellandsjøen, Holla, Vinjeøra, Liabøen, Todalen, Halsanaustan, Valsøyfjord, Engan, Hjellnes, and Valsøybotnen.

The 1,025-square-kilometre (396 sq mi) municipality is the 113th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Heim is the 163rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,880. The municipality's population density is 6 inhabitants per square kilometre (16/sq mi) and its population (in its predecessor municipalities) has decreased by 0.3% over the previous 10-year period.[4][5]

General information[edit]

The municipality was established on 1 January 2020 upon the merger of the neighboring municipalities of Hemne and Halsa as well as the Ytre Snillfjord area in the municipality of Snillfjord. The area in the municipality of Halsa left Møre og Romsdal county and switched to Trøndelag county when the merger occurred.[6][7]


The parish of Heim was established in 1884. It is named after the old Heim farm (Old Norse: Heimr), since the first Heim Church was built on its ground. The name is identical with the word heimr which means "home", "homestead", or "farm".[8]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms for Heim was designed and granted in 2019. It is a blue shield with a white ornamental design in the centre. The design was chosen to symbolize many different things. The blue background refers to air, water, and the sea. The white design is reminiscent of boats, fjords, seeds, and church spires, all of which are a part of the culture of the municipality.[9]


The Church of Norway has five parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Heim. It is part of the Orkdal prosti (deanery) within the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Heim
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Halsa Halsa Church Halsanaustan 1734
Heim Heim Church Heim 1883
Hemne Hemne Church Kyrksæterøra 1817
Valsøyfjord Valsøyfjord Church Valsøyfjord 1864
Vinje Vinje Church Vinjeøra 1820


Heim Municipality is responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, welfare and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads and utilities. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of directly elected representatives. The mayor is indirectly elected by a vote of the municipal council.[10] The municipality is under the jurisdiction of the Trøndelag District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Heim is made up of 23 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The tables below show the current and historical composition of the council by political party.

Heim kommunestyre 2023–2027 [11]  
Party name (in Norwegian) Number of
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet) 8
  Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet) 2
  Conservative Party (Høyre) 4
  Industry and Business Party (Industri‑ og Næringspartiet) 2
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti) 1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet) 4
 Halsa List (Halsalista)2
Total number of members:23
Heim kommunestyre 2019–2023 [12]  
Party name (in Norwegian) Number of
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet) 10
  Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet) 1
  Conservative Party (Høyre) 3
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti) 1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet) 10
 Halsa List (Halsalista)3
 Heim List (Heimlista)3
Total number of members:31


The mayors (Norwegian: ordfører) of Heim:

  • 2020-2023: Odd Jarle Svanem (Sp)
  • 2023-present: Marit Liabø Sandvik (Ap)[13]

Notable people[edit]

Anne Karin Elstad, 1976
  • Nils Anton Vaagland (1872 in Halsa – 1965), a lawyer and politician who was Mayor of Stjørdal from 1911 to 1925
  • Leif Halse (1896 in Halsa – 1984), a teacher, novelist, short story writer, children's writer, comics writer, and local historian
  • Anne Karin Elstad (1938 in Halsa – 2012), a Norwegian author
  • Nina Valsø (1962 in Halsa – 2002), a Norwegian playwright
  • Erik Hoftun (born 1969 in Kyrksæterøra), a Norwegian former football defender with 520 club caps and 30 for Norway
  • Else-May Norderhus (born 1973 in Halsa), a Norwegian politician
  • Vegard Forren (born 1988 in Kyrksæterøra), a Norwegian professional footballer with over 300 club caps and 33 for Norway



  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Bolstad, Erik; Thorsnæs, Geir, eds. (26 January 2023). "Kommunenummer". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2020). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian).
  5. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2020). "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian).
  6. ^ "Ny kommune - Halsa, Snillfjord og Hemne" (in Norwegian). Hemne kommune. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Endringer i kommunestrukturen". Prop. 96 S (2016-2017), Innst. 386 S (2016-2017) (in Norwegian). Stortinget. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  8. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 85.
  9. ^ Solli, Tor Helge. "Slik blir kommunevåpenet til nykommunen". Tidens krav (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  10. ^ Hansen, Tore; Vabo, Signy Irene, eds. (20 September 2022). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  11. ^ "Kommunestyrevalg 2023 - Trøndelag Trööndelage". Valgdirektoratet. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  12. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Heim: Arbeiderpartiet får ordføreren". NRK (in Norwegian). 13 September 2023. Retrieved 7 January 2024.

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