|• Total||433 km2 (167 sq mi)|
|Created as||Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838|
|Merged into||Nærøy in 1964|
View of the church in Kolvereid
|• Total||1.23 km2 (0.47 sq mi)|
|Elevation||65 m (213 ft)|
|• Density||1,332/km2 (3,450/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|Post Code||7970 Kolvereid|
Kolvereid is a town and former municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located within the present-day municipality of Nærøy. The small town of Kolvereid is also the administrative centre of the municipality.
The municipality of Nærøy declared city status for Kolvereid village in 2002, making it the smallest town in Norway. The 1.23-square-kilometre (300-acre) town has a population (2013) of 1,638. The population density of Kolvereid is 1,332 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,450/sq mi).
Kolvereid is located in the middle of Nærøy, with the town located on the shore of the Foldafjord. The area has grown considerably over the past 30 years, and today it is the administrative centre of the municipality, with a well-developed trade and service industry. Kolvereid is home to the municipality's culture centre, comprising a stage and a cinema, a sports hall, as well as outdoor sports facilities. Kolvereid Church dates back to 1874; the church was designed by architect Jacob Wilhelm Nordan. It was built of wood and has 350 seats.
The municipality of Kolvereid was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1860, the northern part of Kolvereid (population: 1,702) was separated to become the new municipality of Leka. Then on 1 October 1886, the northeastern part of the municipality (population: 948) was separated to become the new municipality of Foldereid. On 1 January 1902, an unpopulated part of Kolvereid was transferred to neighboring Nærøy. On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Kolvereid was merged with the municipalities of Nærøy, Gravvik, and the western two-thirds of Foldereid to form the new, larger municipality of Nærøy. Prior to the merger, Kolvereid had 2,426 residents.
- Brita Collett Paus (1917–1998), Norwegian humanitarian leader
- Ivar Skjånes (1888–1975), Politician for the Norwegian Labour Party
- Nils Trædal (1879–1948), Lutheran cleric and politician for the Bondepartiet Agrarian Party
- Vilhelm Andreas Wexelsen (1849–1909), Lutheran bishop and politician for the Norwegian Liberal Party
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