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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
Location of the town
Orkanger is located in Norway
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
RegionCentral Norway
Established2014 (as a town)
 • Total6.26 km2 (2.42 sq mi)
Elevation11 m (36 ft)
 • Total8,204
 • Density1,311/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
7300 Orkanger
Former Municipality:Orkanger
Municipality IDNO-1639
Preceded byOrkdal in 1920
Succeeded byOrkdal in 1963
Area7 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. It was established as a "town" in 2014.[3]

Combined with the neighboring suburban village of Fannrem, the conurbation constitutes one of the largest urban areas in Trøndelag county. The 6.26-square-kilometre (1,550-acre) town has a population (2018) of 8,204 and a population density of 1,311 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,400/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.

The town of Orkanger will be the administrative centre of the new municipality of Orkland which will be established on 1 January 2020.


Map of Orkanger in Sør-Trøndelag county when it was a separate municipality from 1920-1963.

The urban area 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. It was an important port, but it did not have the designation of a town at that time.

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] In 2014, the municipality of Orkdal declared Orkanger to be a "town".


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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  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2018). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Orkanger, Orkdal (Trøndelag)". yr.no. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  3. ^ a b c Store norske leksikon. "Orkanger. – kommune" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.