Meldal (village)

Coordinates: 63°02′50″N 9°42′50″E / 63.0472°N 09.7139°E / 63.0472; 09.7139
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Meldal Sentrum
Orkla river ir Meldal
Orkla river ir Meldal
Meldal is located in Trøndelag
Location of the village
Meldal is located in Norway
Meldal (Norway)
Coordinates: 63°02′50″N 9°42′50″E / 63.0472°N 09.7139°E / 63.0472; 09.7139
RegionCentral Norway
 • Total0.81 km2 (0.31 sq mi)
Elevation143 m (469 ft)
 • Total658
 • Density812/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
7336 Meldal

Meldal is a village and former municipality. It is now part of the municipality of Orkland in Trøndelag county, Norway.[3] Prior to the creation of the Orkland municipality it was the administrative centre of the Meldal municipality. The village is located in the Orkdalen valley, along the river Orkla. The village of Å lies about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the south, the village of Løkken Verk lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the north, and the village of Storås lies about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the northwest.

The 0.81-square-kilometre (200-acre) village has a population (2018) of 658 and a population density of 812 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,100/sq mi).[1]

The village is the site of a school and preschool, and Meldal Church. There are many popular areas for outdoor activities in Meldal or close by, and there are more than 1,300 holiday cabins in the area.

Agriculture is the main industry in Meldal.


The Old Norse form of the name was Meðaldalr. The first element is meðal which means "middle" and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The municipality is named this probably because it is located in the middle of the Orkdalen valley. The name was historically spelled Meldalen.[4]

Notable meldalinger[edit]

Notable people that were born or lived in Meldal include:


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2018). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Meldal (Trøndelag)". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  3. ^ Haugen, Morten, ed. (2017-08-20). "Meldal – tettsted". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 149.