Map of the municipality
Rennebu within Sør-Trøndelag
|• Mayor (2005)||Bjørn Rogstad (H)|
|• Total||947.97 km2 (366.01 sq mi)|
|• Land||924.96 km2 (357.13 sq mi)|
|• Water||23.01 km2 (8.88 sq mi)|
|Area rank||114 in Norway|
|• Rank||294 in Norway|
|• Density||2.8/km2 (7/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-2.9 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1635|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Rennebu is a municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Orkdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Berkåk, located along European route E6. The majority of the population lives in Berkåk, Innset, Stamnan, Ulsberg, Voll, and Nerskogen.
The municipality of Rennebu was established in 1839 when it was separated from Meldal. Initially, the population was 2,368. On 1 January 1966, the parish of Innset (population: 420) was transferred from Kvikne (and also from Hedmark county) to Rennebu (and Sør-Trøndelag county). Then on 1 January 1970, the Garlia area (population: 5) was transferred from Tynset (and Hedmark county) to Rennebu (and Sør-Trøndelag).
The Old Norse form of the name was Rennabú. The first element is, maybe, the plural genitive case of renna which means "journey", "march", or "road". Probably because two old important roads cross the municipality: one follows the Orkla river from the Orkdalsfjord (part of the Trondheimsfjord) to the village of Berkåk where it connects with the road from Gudbrandsdalen and Oppdal to Gauldalen and Trondheim (today the European route E6). The last element is bú which means "rural district".
Coat of arms
The coat of arms is from modern times (approved on 19 February 1982). It shows the outline of the local church, Rennebu kirke (erected 1669), which is one of the oldest (and very few) churches in Norway based on a Y-shaped outline.
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of the Church
Rennebu mainly consists of uncultivated areas of mountains, lakes, moors, and forests. The highest point is the 1,548-metre (5,079 ft) tall Svarthetta. The mountain Ilfjellet is located in the northeastern part of the municipality.
The municipality is surrounded by Oppdal and Rindal to the west, Meldal to the north, Midtre Gauldal to the east, and Tynset to the south. The Forollhogna National Park lies in the extreme southeastern part of the municipality.
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