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Overhalla kommune
Namsen kvatningen.JPG
Official logo of Overhalla kommune
Trøndelag within
Overhalla within Trøndelag
Overhalla within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°30′28″N 11°53′38″E / 64.50778°N 11.89389°E / 64.50778; 11.89389Coordinates: 64°30′28″N 11°53′38″E / 64.50778°N 11.89389°E / 64.50778; 11.89389
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreRanemsletta
 • Mayor (2011)Per Olav Tyldum [1] (Sp)
 • Total729.79 km2 (281.77 sq mi)
 • Land689.42 km2 (266.19 sq mi)
 • Water40.37 km2 (15.59 sq mi)  5.5%
Area rank151 in Norway
 • Total3,845
 • Rank236 in Norway
 • Density5.6/km2 (15/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)overhallning [2]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5047
Official language formNeutral [3]

Overhalla is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ranemsletta (also called Overhalla). Other villages include Melen, Skage, Skogmo, Svalia, and Øysletta.

The population is concentrated in the relatively broad Namsen river valley at the center. Public services, agriculture, and tourism are the main sources of income. Overhallahus (a house building company) and Pharmaq (a fish vaccine factory) are located in the municipality.

The 730-square-kilometre (280 sq mi) municipality is the 151st largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Overhalla is the 236th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 3,845. The municipality's population density is 5.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (15/sq mi) and its population has increased by 9.6% over the last decade.[4][5]

General information[edit]

Ranem Church

The municipality of Overhalla was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee, although Overhalla's borders were only slightly modified. On 1 January 1964, the Galguften and Hauknes area (population: 15) of Høylandet (on the southern shore of the lake Eidsvatnet) was transferred to Overhalla.[6] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The Old Norse form of the name was œfri halfa which means "the upper half (of Namdalen)". Historically, the Namdalen district was divided in two parts: "the upper half" and "the lower half". The municipality of Overhalla today is, however, just a fraction of the old part of œfri halfa.[7][8]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms for Overhalla was granted in 1989. They are inspired by an old seal for the district by King Håkon Magnusson from 1344. It shows seven red greek crosses arranged in a circle on a gold background.[8][9]


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

Churches in Overhalla
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Ranem Ranem Church Ranemsletta 1187
Skage Skage Church Skage 1903


View of the river Namsen

The municipality includes part of the lake Eidsvatnet, from which the river Bjøra flows into the river Namsen, which runs from the east to the west. By the time it reaches the border to Namsos, Namsen is already brackish and influenced by the tides the ocean. The river Nordelva also empties into the estuary here. On the south side of Namsen, there is an area of mountains, including Reinsjøfjell and mountain lakes; the Bangsjøene lakes form the border with Snåsa. The western approaches to Geitfjell lies in Overhalla, while the summit lies in Grong. The southern tip of the lake Storgrønningen lies in Overhalla, while the vast majority of the lake lies in Høylandet.


All municipalities in Norway, including Overhalla, 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.[10] The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Overhalla is made up of 21 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Overhalla Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)13
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:21
Overhalla Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)13
Total number of members:21
Overhalla Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)8
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:21


The historic Namsos Line railway traversed the municipality on its way from Grong to Namsos, but the line was closed to passenger traffic in 1978. Freight traffic on the line was discontinued in 2002. The Norwegian County Road 17 also crosses the municipality.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Ordføreren i Overhalla" (in Norwegian). Overhalla kommune. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  2. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  3. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  5. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  6. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  7. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 306.
  8. ^ a b "Fakta om Overhalla" (in Norwegian). Overhalla kommune. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  9. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  10. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  11. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  12. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  13. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nord-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.

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