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Nærøy kommune
View of the Opløfjord in Nærøy
View of the Opløfjord in Nærøy
Official logo of Nærøy kommune
Trøndelag within
Nærøy within Trøndelag
Nærøy within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°56′01″N 11°46′47″E / 64.93361°N 11.77972°E / 64.93361; 11.77972Coordinates: 64°56′01″N 11°46′47″E / 64.93361°N 11.77972°E / 64.93361; 11.77972
Established1 Jan 1838
Disestablished1 Jan 2020
Administrative centreKolvereid
 • Mayor (1999-2019)Steinar Aspli (Sp)
 • Total1,067.54 km2 (412.18 sq mi)
 • Land1,013.89 km2 (391.47 sq mi)
 • Water53.65 km2 (20.71 sq mi)  5%
Area rank96 in Norway
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
 • Total5,117
 • Rank200 in Norway
 • Density5/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)nærøyværing [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5051
Official language formBokmål [2]
Created asFormannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Succeeded byNærøysund in 2020

Nærøy (Urban East Norwegian: [ˇnæːrœʏ]) is a former municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. The municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 2020 when it joined Nærøysund Municipality. It was part of the Namdalen region. Norway's smallest town, Kolvereid, was the administrative centre of the municipality. Some villages in Nærøy included Abelvær, Foldereid, Gravvik, Lund, Ottersøy, Salsbruket, Steine, and Torstad.

At the time of its dissolution in 2020, the 1,068-square-kilometre (412 sq mi) municipality was the 96th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Nærøy was the 200th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,117. The municipality's population density was 5 inhabitants per square kilometre (13/sq mi) and its population had increased by 2% over the previous decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

Nærøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1869, the western island district was separated from Nærøy to become the new municipality of Vikten. This left Nærøy with 1,477 residents. On 1 January 1902, an unpopulated area of Kolvereid was transferred to Nærøy municipality.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the neighboring municipalities of Kolvereid (population: 2,426), Nærøy (population: 2,182), Gravvik (population: 816), and the western two-thirds of Foldereid were merged to form the new, larger municipality of Nærøy.[5]

On 1 January 2018, the municipality of Nærøy switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.

On 1 January 2020, the municipality of Nærøy was merged with most of the neighboring municipality of Vikna to form the new Nærøysund Municipality.[6] The Lund area in Nærøy was not part of the merger. It became part of the newly enlarged Namsos Municipality on the same date.[7]


The Old Norse form of the name was Njarðøy. The first element is maybe the stem form of the name of the Norse god Njord (but it is suspicious that it is not in the genitive case). The last element is øy which means "island". Historically, the name has had varying spellings such as Nærø or Nærøen.[8][9]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 22 May 1987. The arms are based on the seal of King Håkon Magnusson from 1344, on a document in which the King granted several rights to the local farmers. The seal shows the St. Mary in a portal decorated with fleur-de-lis, the symbol of the St. Mary. The arms show a combination of three fleur-de-lis on a gold background. The fleur-de-lis design is red, since the local water lilies generally have a red color.[10]


The Church of Norway had four parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Nærøy. It is part of the Namdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Nærøy
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Foldereid Foldereid Church Foldereid 1863
Gravvik Gravvik Church Gravvik 1875
Kolvereid Kolvereid Church Kolvereid 1874
Lund Chapel Lund 1965
Salsbruket Chapel Salsbruket 1950
Nærøy Lundring Church Lundring 1885
Steine Chapel Steine 1911
Torstad Chapel Torstad 1936


The municipality was located in the northwestern part of Trøndelag county, along the Foldafjord. It included the islands of Austra and Gjerdinga and the Kvingra peninsula. Several large lakes were located in the municipality including Mjosundvatnet, Salvatnet, and Storvatnet.


All municipalities in Norway, including Nærøy, 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.[11] The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Nærøy is made up of 27 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the final municipal council was as follows:

Nærøy Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)10
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:27
Nærøy Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)10
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:27


Norwegian County Road 17 crosses the northeastern part of the municipality. There is a large network of bridges in the municipality that connect islands and cross fjords. Most notably is the Marøysund Bridge and Nærøysund Bridge which connect Nærøy to Vikna to the west. Also Hestøy Bridge and Smines Bridge connect the village of Lund to Fosnes municipality to the south.

Media gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  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 2019-03-03.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ "Om Nærøysund kommune" (in Norwegian). Nærøysund kommune. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  7. ^ "Vedtak om grensejustering mellom Nærøy og Fosnes kommuner" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  8. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Nærøy – Nord-Trøndelag" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  9. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 354.
  10. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  11. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  12. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  13. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Sør-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.

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