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Namdalseid kommune
Coat of arms of Namdalseid kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Namdalseid kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Namdalseid within Nord-Trøndelag
Namdalseid within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°17′21″N 11°10′35″E / 64.28917°N 11.17639°E / 64.28917; 11.17639Coordinates: 64°17′21″N 11°10′35″E / 64.28917°N 11.17639°E / 64.28917; 11.17639
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Namdalseid
 • Mayor (2003) Steinar Lyngstad (Sp)
 • Total 769.93 km2 (297.27 sq mi)
 • Land 735.01 km2 (283.79 sq mi)
 • Water 34.92 km2 (13.48 sq mi)
Area rank 142 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,707
 • Rank 351 in Norway
 • Density 2.3/km2 (6/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -6.7 %
Demonym(s) Eibygg[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1725
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Namdalseid is village and a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Namdalseid. Other villages and farm areas include Sjøåsen, Statland, Tøttdalen, and Sverkmoen.

The village of Namdalseid lies along Norwegian County Road 17 between Sjøåsen and Vellamelen (in Steinkjer). The 0.34-square-kilometre (84-acre) village has a population (2011) of 327. The population density of the village is 962 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,490/sq mi).[2]

General information[edit]

Namdalseid was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt), but it was merged into the neighboring municipality of Beitstad on 1 January 1846. On 1 January 1904, the Namdalseid district (population: 1,368) was separated from Beitstad to form a municipality of its own (once again). On 1 January 1964, the parts of the neighboring municipality of Otterøy that were located south of the Namsenfjorden (population: 571) were transferred to Namdalseid.[3]


The Old Norse form of the name was just Eið (or Eldueið). The name is identical with the word eið which means the "path/road between two waters" (here the Beitstadfjorden and Namsenfjorden). The Vikings used to drag boats across Namdalseid using the rivers and waterways in the area, to get from one fjord to another without having to risk crossing the treacherous Folda fjord by travelling up the sheltered Trondheimsfjorden and continuing north along the coast. The passage was much easier in olden times as the sea level was higher and the waterways more numerous, but as recently as 2004 a boatdrag was done to commemorate the old traditions. Nowadays, however, one has to transport the boats by road for a fairly long stretch. The first element Namdals- was added around 1550. It is the genitive case of the old region name Namdalen.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 8 December 1989. The arms show green and white clover leaf shapes which represent the history of agriculture in the municipality.[4][5]


The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Namdalseid. One is part of the Nord-Innherad deanery and the other is part of the Namdal deanery. Both are located in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Namdalseid
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Namdal Statland Statland Church Statland 1992
Nord-Innherred Namdalseid Namdalseid Church Namdalseid 1858


The municipality borders the municipalities of Flatanger, Roan, and Osen to the west; Namsos to the north; Åfjord and Verran to the southwest; and Steinkjer to the south. Lakes in the region include Gilten and Finnvollvatnet. The river Sverka runs through the western part of the municipality. The Namsenfjorden forms most of the northern border.


All municipalities in Norway, including Namdalseid, 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 Namdalseid is made up of 19 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Namdalseid Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 4
  Conservative Party Høyre 1
  Christian Democratic Party Kristelig Folkeparti 1
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 12
  Liberal Party Venstre 1
Total number of members: 19


Being mainly an agricultural municipality, Namdalseid is struggling with a decline in population, as fewer and fewer people find they can make a living growing crops and raising cattle. Other areas of interest for business are fishing, hunting, and nature. Having one of the best small-salmon (grisle) rivers in Nord-Trøndelag, Namdalseid is a haven for fly fishing and attracts many fishermen every year. In addition to fishing many visit Namdalseid to experience the beautiful mountain scenery and to do some hunting.

Namdalseid also has some industry. Hundseth Mølle is one of the largest mills in Norway, Namdal Plast AS is a factory manufacturing fiberglass products, and Pelsberederiet AS is a manufacturer of furs from moose, deer, and other wild animals.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2011). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Namdalseid – kommune i Nord-Trøndelag" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Om Namdalseid: Kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Namdalseid Kommune. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  6. ^ "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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