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Osen kommune
View of the Osen river
View of the Osen river
Official logo of Osen kommune
Trøndelag within
Osen within Trøndelag
Osen within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°17′52″N 10°30′48″E / 64.29778°N 10.51333°E / 64.29778; 10.51333Coordinates: 64°17′52″N 10°30′48″E / 64.29778°N 10.51333°E / 64.29778; 10.51333
Established1 June 1892
Administrative centreSteinsdalen
 • Mayor (2015)John Einar Høvik (Ap)
 • Total387.18 km2 (149.49 sq mi)
 • Land369.69 km2 (142.74 sq mi)
 • Water17.49 km2 (6.75 sq mi)  4.5%
Area rank242 in Norway
 • Total967
 • Rank397 in Norway
 • Density2.6/km2 (7/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Osing [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5020
Official language formBokmål [2]

Osen is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Fosen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Steinsdalen. Osen is one of two Norwegian municipalities that do not have any non-western immigrants as of 1 January 2008.[3]

The 387-square-kilometre (149 sq mi) municipality is the 242nd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Osen is the 397th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 967. The municipality's population density is 2.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (6.7/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 7.1% over the last decade.[4][5]

General information[edit]

View of Strand

The municipality of Osen was established on 1 June 1892 when the old municipality of Bjørnør was split into three new municipalities: Osen (population: 1,575), Roan (population: 2,069), and Stoksund (population: 1,122). The municipal boundaries have not changed since.[6] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Sør-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Osen farm (Old Norse: Óss), since the first church was built there. The name is identical with the word óss which means "mouth of a river" (here Steinselva). Osen ("the Os") is a later finite form of óss.[7]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 27 March 1987, and is a copy of an old petroglyph. The arms show a part of a fishing net placed over the blue shield. The arms simply indicate the importance of fishing for the community. Several different arms were designed, all with fisheries as the main theme, but the council finally chose this one, which is unique among civic heraldry.[8]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Osen. It is part of the Fosen prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Osen
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Osen Osen Church Steinsdalen 1877
Seter Chapel (Osen) Seter 1969


Osen was used as a satellite prison camp during the World War Two, mainly for Yugoslavian population.


All municipalities in Norway, including Osen, 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.[9] The municipality falls under the Fosen District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Osen is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Osen Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Joint list of the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
and the Liberal Party (Venstre)
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Seter Community List (Seter kretsliste)1
Total number of members:15
Osen Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Joint list of the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
and the Liberal Party (Venstre)
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Seter Community List (Seter kretsliste)1
Total number of members:15
Osen Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Joint list of the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
and the Liberal Party (Venstre)
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Local Lists (Lokale lister)1
 Seter Community List (Seter kretsliste)2
Total number of members:15


Normeland waterfall

The municipality of Osen is located to the north of Roan and the ocean lies to the west.

Most of the residents live in the Steinsdalen valley or along the coast. The northern part of the municipality has no direct road connection to the rest of the municipality, but is connected to the municipality of Flatanger to the north.

The Kya lighthouse and Buholmråsa lighthouse lie in the ocean in the western part of the municipality.

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. ^ "Tabell 10 Innvandrerbefolkningen, etter vestlig og ikke-vestlig landbakgrunn og kommune" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 1 January 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  5. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  6. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  7. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 3.
  8. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  9. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  10. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  11. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  12. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Sør-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.

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