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Neighborhood in Trondheim
Ranheim is located in Trøndelag
Location of the neighborhood
Ranheim is located in Norway
Ranheim (Norway)
Coordinates: 63°25′43″N 10°32′18″E / 63.4286°N 10.5383°E / 63.4286; 10.5383Coordinates: 63°25′43″N 10°32′18″E / 63.4286°N 10.5383°E / 63.4286; 10.5383
RegionCentral Norway
Elevation[1]17 m (56 ft)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)

Ranheim is a neighbourhood in the city of Trondheim in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located in the borough of Østbyen. The neighbourhood approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the east of the centre of Trondheim. It comprises Olderdalen, Væretrøa, Reppe, and Vikåsen.

Historically, Ranheim is a working class community due to paper production at the local paper mill, where an overwhelming majority of Ranheim residents worked. Today, however, it is mostly middle class in composition and most residents work elsewhere. Ranheim Church was built 1933.

Ranheim is home to Ranheim Idrettslag sportsclub and Ranheim Fotball. Ranheim was once known for its foul odour, commonly referred to as "Ranheimslukta," (the smell of Ranheim) which was caused by a paper processing byproduct, hydrogen sulfide. In recent years, the paper mill has become a paper recycling plant which has decreased the emission of sulfides. The characteristic smell has consequently disappeared.[2]

Pre-historic site[edit]

In 2010, a sizeable pre-historic heathen hof was discovered during an urban development plan. After excavation by archaeologists, the Ranheim cult site has been dated to the 4th century AD in the Nordic Iron Age and was in use up until the 10th century at the end of the Viking Age.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Ranheim, Trondheim (Trøndelag)". yr.no. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  2. ^ Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2012-07-16). "Ranheim". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  3. ^ Preben, Rønne (2011). "Horg, hov and ve – a pre-Christian cult place at Ranheim in Trøndelag, Norway, in the 4rd – 10th centuries AD" (PDF). Adoranten.
  4. ^ Guhnfeldt, Cato (2011-12-23). "Fant hedensk helligdom uten sidestykke: Nå er ett av dem, i sin tid bevisst og omhyggelig skjult, gjenfunnet – det første av sitt slag i Norge". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).