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Nærøy kommune
View of the Opløfjord in Nærøy
View of the Opløfjord in Nærøy
Coat of arms of Nærøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nærøy kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Nærøy within Nord-Trøndelag
Nærøy within Nord-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
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Kolvereid
 • Mayor (1999) Steinar Aspli (Sp)
 • Total 1,067.54 km2 (412.18 sq mi)
 • Land 1,013.89 km2 (391.47 sq mi)
 • Water 53.65 km2 (20.71 sq mi)
Area rank 96 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 5,138
 • Rank 198 in Norway
 • Density 5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 1.3 %
Demonym(s) Nærøyværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1751
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.naroy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Nærøy is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. Nærøy is part of the Namdalen region. Norway's smallest town, Kolvereid, is the administrative centre of the municipality. Some villages in Nærøy include Abelvær, Foldereid, Gravvik, Lund, Ottersøy, Salsbruket, Steine, and Torstad.

The 1,068-square-kilometre (412 sq mi) municipality is the 96th largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Nærøy is the 198th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,138. The municipality's population density is 5.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (13/sq mi) and its population has increased by 1.3% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

Nærøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1869, the western 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. On 1 January 1964, the municipalities of Gravvik, Kolvereid, and most of Foldereid were merged with Nærøy to form a new, larger municipality of Nærøy. Prior to the merger, Nærøy had 2,182 residents and after the merger there were 6,241 residents.[3]

On 8 June 2017, the Norwegian Parliament, the Storting, voted to merge the municipalities of Leka, Vikna, Nærøy, and Bindal to form one, large municipality effective 1 January 2020.[4]


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.[5][6]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were 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.[7]


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

Churches in Nærøy
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 Nærøy 1885
Steine Chapel Steine 1911
Torstad Chapel Torstad 1936


The municipality is located in the northwestern part of Nord-Trøndelag county, along the Foldafjord. It includes the islands of Austra and Gjerdinga and the Kvingra peninsula. Several large lakes are located in the municipality including Mjosundvatnet, Salsvatnet, 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.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Nærøy is made up of 27 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Nærøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name 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


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.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ "Kommunesammenslåing Nærøy, Vikna, Leka, og Bindal" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Leka kommune. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Nærøy – Nord-Trøndelag" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  6. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 354. 
  7. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 

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