Midtre Gauldal

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Midtre Gauldal kommune
Soknedal Midtre Gauldal.jpg
Official logo of Midtre Gauldal kommune
Trøndelag within
Midtre Gauldal within Trøndelag
Midtre Gauldal within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 62°55′16″N 10°30′02″E / 62.92111°N 10.50056°E / 62.92111; 10.50056Coordinates: 62°55′16″N 10°30′02″E / 62.92111°N 10.50056°E / 62.92111; 10.50056
Established1 Jan 1964
Administrative centreStøren
 • Mayor (2015)Sivert Moen (Sp)
 • Total1,860.51 km2 (718.35 sq mi)
 • Land1,807.17 km2 (697.75 sq mi)
 • Water53.34 km2 (20.59 sq mi)  2.9%
Area rank35 in Norway
 • Total6,225
 • Rank167 in Norway
 • Density3.4/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
gauldøl [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5027
Official language formNeutral [2]

Midtre Gauldal is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Gauldalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Støren. Other villages in the municipality include Singsås, Soknedal, Enodden, and Rognes.

The 1,861-square-kilometre (719 sq mi) municipality is the 35th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Midtre Gauldal is the 167th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 6,225. The municipality's population density is 3.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.8/sq mi) and its population has increased by 5.3% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

Midtre Gauldal was established as a new municipality on 1 January 1964 after the merger of the old municipalities of Budal (population: 529), Singsås (population: 1,554), Soknedal (population: 1,916), and Støren (population: 2,296).[5] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Sør-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The name Midtre Gauldal was created in 1964. The first element is the Norwegian word Midtre meaning "middle" and the last part is Gauldal which is the name of the valley through which the river Gaula flows. Therefore, the meaning of the name is "the middle part of Gauldalen".[6]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 17 December 1982. The arms show a silver crossed-Y figure on a green background. The crossed-Y has several meanings. First, it symbolizes the landscape which is based on the meeting of the main Gauldal and Soknedal valleys at the village of Støren. Furthermore, the municipality has a major Y-shaped road-and-railway junction. Finally, the Budal Church, dating from 1745 is one of the oldest and one of the few remaining Y-shaped churches in the country.[7]


The Church of Norway has four parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Holtålen. It is part of the Gauldal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Midtre Gauldal
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Budal Budal Church Budal 1754
Singsås Singsås Church Singsås 1884
Soknedal Soknedal Church Soknedal 1933
Støren Støren Church Støren 1817


View of the Gaula River at Kotsøy

The municipality is bordered by Meldal municipality to the west, Rennebu municipalities to the south-west, Melhus and Selbu municipalities to the north, Holtålen municipality to the east, and Os and Tynset municipalities (in Hedmark county) to the south-east.

The lake Samsjøen is located in the northern part of the municipality. The Gauldalen valley follows the Gaula River through the municipality. The mountain Forollhogna lies on the southern border of the municipality inside Forollhogna National Park.


All municipalities in Norway, including Midtre Gauldal, 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.[8] The municipality falls under the Sør-Trøndelag District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Midtre Gauldal is made up of 33 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Midtre Gauldal Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)10
 Municipal List for Midtre Gauldal
(Bygdelista for Midtre Gauldal)
Total number of members:25
Midtre Gauldal Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)9
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Municipal List for Midtre Gauldal
(Bygdelista for Midtre Gauldal)
Total number of members:33
Midtre Gauldal Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Municipal List for Midtre Gauldal
(Bygdelista for Midtre Gauldal)
Total number of members:33


The newspaper Gauldalsposten is published in Midtre Gauldal.[12]


European route E6 crosses the municipality from north to south. The Dovrebanen and Rørosbanen railway lines also cross the municipality. Some of the stations on those lines include Støren Station and Singsås Station.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Midtre Gauldal" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  7. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (12 May 2016). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  11. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Sør-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  12. ^ Skjerdingstad, Anders (1 June 2011). "Bjørgen og Johaug er i slekt". Dagbladet.

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