View of the Meråker valley
Meråker within Nord-Trøndelag
|• Mayor (2015)||Kari Anita Furunes (Sp)|
|• Total||1,273.42 km2 (491.67 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,188.28 km2 (458.80 sq mi)|
|• Water||85.14 km2 (32.87 sq mi)|
|Area rank||74 in Norway|
|• Rank||299 in Norway|
|• Density||2.1/km2 (5/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||0.0 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1711|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Meråker is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Stjørdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Midtbygda which is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Storlien in Sweden and 46 kilometres (29 mi) east of Stjørdalshalsen in Stjørdal. Other villages in Meråker include Gudåa, Kopperå, and Stordalen.
The 1,273-square-kilometre (492 sq mi) municipality is the 74th largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Meråker is the 299th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,508. The municipality's population density is 2.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (5.4/sq mi) and its population has increased by 0.0% over the last decade.
The municipality of Meråker was established on 1 January 1874 when the old municipality of Øvre Stjørdal was divided into two: Hegra and Meråker. Meråker had an initial population of 1,861. The municipality has not changed since then.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Meråker farm (spelled "Mørakre" around 1430), since the first church was built there. The meaning of the first element is uncertain (maybe merr which means "mare" or mýrr which means "bog" or "marsh") and the last element is akr which means "field" or "acre".
The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 28 September 1990. Traditionally, mining has played a major role in the area and has been of great economic importance for Meråker. Thus a silver mining cart on a red background as a symbol for the municipality was an obvious decision. The cart depicted in the arms, however, is officially described as a cart, not a mining cart.
- See also: Coat-of-arms of Evje og Hornnes
of the Church
In 1898 a carbide factory was opened at Kopperå, later this factor was rebuilt as a silicon smelter. The smelter was in operation until June 2006. Its main product was microsilica which is used as an additive to cement.
Meråker is a landlocked municipality in the southern part of Nord-Trøndelag county. To the north is the municipality of Verdal, to the west is Stjørdal, to the south is Selbu and Tydal (both in Sør-Trøndelag county), and to the east is Sweden.
There are three major lakes in Meråker: Feren, Fjergen, and Funnsjøen. The river Stjørdalselva runs through the municipality towards the Trondheimsfjord. The river Rotla begins in the southern part of Meråker. The mountain Fongen sits on the southern border with Tydal and Selbu.
All municipalities in Norway, including Meråker, 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.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Socialist Left Party||Sosialistisk Venstreparti||1|
|Local Lists||Lokale lister||6|
|Total number of members:||21|
The European route E14 highway runs east to west through the municipality connecting to Trondheim Airport, Værnes about 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the west. The Meråker Line railway follows the E14 through the municipality also, with stops at Kopperå Station, Meråker Station, and Gudå Station.
- Helge Ingstad (1899–2001), author, explorer, archeologist
- Magnar Lundemo (1938–1987), cross country skier
- Frode Estil (born 1972), cross country skier
- Tora Berger (born 1981), biathlete and Olympic champion
- "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
- Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-01.
- Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
- Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 2.
- Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 8 November 2008.
- "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.
- Store norske leksikon: Meråkerposten.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Meråker.|
- Nord-Trøndelag travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway (in Norwegian)
- Meråker Municipality Website (in Norwegian)
- Meråker Tourism Website (in Norwegian)
- Industrial Museum at Kopperå (in Norwegian)
- Map of Cultural Sites in Meråker (in Norwegian)
- Meråker Elementary School (in Norwegian)
- Lauvlimoen Biathlon team (in Norwegian)