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Raarvihken tjïelte
Røyrvik kommune
View of the village of Røyrvik
Raarvihken tjïelte Røyrvik kommune is located in Trøndelag
Raarvihken tjïelte Røyrvik kommune
Raarvihken tjïelte
Røyrvik kommune
Raarvihken tjïelte
Røyrvik within Trøndelag
Raarvihken tjïelte Røyrvik kommune is located in Norway
Raarvihken tjïelte Røyrvik kommune
Raarvihken tjïelte
Røyrvik kommune
Raarvihken tjïelte
Røyrvik kommune (Norway)
Coordinates: 64°55′15″N 13°39′03″E / 64.92083°N 13.65083°E / 64.92083; 13.65083Coordinates: 64°55′15″N 13°39′03″E / 64.92083°N 13.65083°E / 64.92083; 13.65083
Established1 July 1923
Administrative centreRøyrvik
 • Mayor (2015)Hans Oskar Devik (Sp)
 • Total1,584.75 km2 (611.88 sq mi)
 • Land1,332.42 km2 (514.45 sq mi)
 • Water252.33 km2 (97.43 sq mi)  15.9%
Area rank44 in Norway
 • Total474
 • Rank419 in Norway
 • Density0.4/km2 (1/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5043
Official language formNeutral [1]

Røyrvik (Norwegian) or Raarvihke (Southern Sami) is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Røyrvik. The area has always had a strong Sami influence.

The 1,585-square-kilometre (612 sq mi) municipality is the 44th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Røyrvik is the 419th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 474 making it the 4th smallest population in Norway. The municipality's population density is 0.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (1.0/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 5% over the last decade.[2][3]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Røyrvik was established on 1 July 1923 when it was separated from the municipality of Grong. Initially, the population was 392. The municipal boundaries have not since changed.[4] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Røyrvik farm (historically: Røirviken), since the first church, Røyrvik Church, was built there (in 1828). The first element is røyr which means Arctic char and the last element is vik which means "inlet".[5]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 13 December 1985. The arms show a silver cross design on a blue background. This design is a common decoration on the pottery, hand-made articles, and traditional pewter embroidery found in the area. These objects were made by the ancestors of the Southern Sámi people presently living in the area. The crosses probably indicate the four points of the compass.[6]


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

Churches in Røyrvik
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Røyrvik Røyrvik Church Røyrvik 1828


Forest, lakes and mountains in Røyrvik

The area is covered with many large lakes such as Limingen, the 9th largest in Norway. Other lakes include Jengelvatnet, Namsvatnet, Ovrejaevrie, Storgollomsvatnet, Tunnsjøen, and Tunnsjøflyan. The river Namsen begins in the lake Namsvatnet.

The mountainous areas also offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities. The highest mountain is the 1,513-metre (4,964 ft) tall Jetnamsklumpen, located inside Børgefjell National Park.


All municipalities in Norway, including Røyrvik, 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.[7] The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Røyrvik is made up of 11 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Røyrvik Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [8]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Collaborative List in Røyrvik (Samarbeidslista i Røyrvik)7
Total number of members:11
Røyrvik Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Collaborative List in Røyrvik (Samarbeidslista i Røyrvik)8
Total number of members:13
Røyrvik Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Collaborative List in Røyrvik (Samarbeidslista i Røyrvik)6
Total number of members:13


From 1911 until World War I, mining explorations were conducted in the Gjersvik areas. The modern Grong Gruber mines were active in the Joma area from 1972 until 1998. Farming and reindeer husbandry have always been a source of income in the area. The mining buildings now house various small industrial firms.

A few efforts to create new business include electronics assembly and electronic document management. A small alpine ski resort (Skisenteret) was started in 1986.


  1. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 299.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  7. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  8. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  9. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  10. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nord-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.

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