Orkanger

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Orkanger
Town
View of the industrial area with the city in the background
View of the industrial area with the city in the background
Orkanger is located in Trøndelag
Orkanger
Orkanger
Location of the town
Orkanger is located in Norway
Orkanger
Orkanger
Orkanger (Norway)
Coordinates: 63°18′24″N 9°51′01″E / 63.3067°N 09.8502°E / 63.3067; 09.8502Coordinates: 63°18′24″N 9°51′01″E / 63.3067°N 09.8502°E / 63.3067; 09.8502
Country Norway
Region Central Norway
County Trøndelag
District Orkdalen
Municipality Orkdal
Area[1]
 • Total 6.15 km2 (2.37 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 11 m (36 ft)
Population (2017)[1]
 • Total 8,108
 • Density 1,318/km2 (3,410/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ørbygg
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 7300 Orkanger
Former Municipality: Orkanger
Municipality ID NO-1639
Preceded by Orkdal in 1920
Succeeded by Orkdal in 1963
Area 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)[3]

Orkanger is a town and the administrative centre of Orkdal municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. The town is also a former municipality which existed from 1920 until 1963. The town sits at the end of the Orkdalsfjorden, and arm of the Trondheimsfjord. Orkanger is the commercial centre of the municipality of Orkdal and it is the site of the Orkanger Church.[3]

Combined with the suburban village of Fannrem, the conurbation constitutes one of the largest urban areas in Trøndelag county. The 6.15-square-kilometre (1,520-acre) town has a population (2017) of 8,108 which gives the town a population density of 1,318 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,410/sq mi).[1]

Just north of Orkanger lies the port of Thamshavn. Until 1974, Orkanger had a station on the Thamshavn Line railway with the Thamshavn Station just north of the city. Between 1908 and 1949 there was a steam ship service to Trondheim on the SS Orkla. The European route E39 highway runs through the town, connecting it to the major city of Trondheim, about 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the northeast.

History[edit]

The town of Orkanger was established as a municipality on 1 July 1920 when it was separated from Orkdal municipality. Initially, it had a population of 1,715. The municipality encompassed the 7-square-kilometre (2.7 sq mi) urban area and some of the surrounding countryside. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1963, the municipality of Orkanger ceased to exist and it was merged into the larger municipality of Orkdal. Prior to the merger, Orkanger had 2,874 residents.[4]

Name[edit]

The name "Orkanger" is composed of the name "Ork", which stems from the lake Orkelsjøen from which the river Orkla runs. The second element of the name (Old Norse: angr) means "narrow fjord".[3]

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