Løkken Verk

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Løkken Verk
Løkken
Village
View of the old mine tower
View of the old mine tower
Løkken Verk is located in Trøndelag
Løkken Verk
Løkken Verk
Location of the village
Løkken Verk is located in Norway
Løkken Verk
Løkken Verk
Løkken Verk (Norway)
Coordinates: 63°07′33″N 9°42′19″E / 63.1258°N 09.7052°E / 63.1258; 09.7052Coordinates: 63°07′33″N 9°42′19″E / 63.1258°N 09.7052°E / 63.1258; 09.7052
CountryNorway
RegionCentral Norway
CountyTrøndelag
DistrictOrkdalen
MunicipalityOrkland
Area
 • Total1.65 km2 (0.64 sq mi)
Elevation166 m (545 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total1,292
 • Density783/km2 (2,030/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
7332 Løkken Verk

Løkken Verk (sometimes just called Løkken) is a village in the municipality of Orkland in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of the village of Svorkmo (in Orkdal municipality), 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) east of the village of Bjørnli, and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of the municipal center of Meldal.

The 1.65-square-kilometre (410-acre) village has a population (2018) of 1,292 and a population density of 783 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,030/sq mi).[1]

History[edit]

View of Løkken Verk (c. 1910)

Løkken Verk was originally populated when the Løkken Mine started mining for copper in 1654. The name comes from a farm at the place. The ore findings at Løkken Verk were originally about 30,000,000 tonnes (33,000,000 tons), and was the largest resource of copper sulfide in Norway. There was mining at Løkken from 1654 until 1987. Prior to 1845, the target was copper that was smelted, but in 1851 the mine transferred into mining pyrites that were exported, primarily as raw material for sulfuric acid. From 1931 until 1962, sulfur and copper were produced at Orkla Metal in Thamshavn. The history of the mining is preserved at Orkla Industrial Museum at Løkken Verk.

In 1904, the mining operation was taken over by Christian Thams and Orkla Grube-Aktiebolag, this group has evolved into the Forbes 500-company Orkla Group. At the same time, the Thamshavnbanen railway was built between Løkken Verk and Thamshavn (just north of Orkanger) to transport the pyrites to the port.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2018). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Løkken Verk, Meldal (Trøndelag)". yr.no. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Løkken – tettsted" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-01.

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