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Rennebu kommune
Map of the municipality
Map of the municipality
Coat of arms of Rennebu kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Rennebu kommune
Sør-Trøndelag within
Rennebu within Sør-Trøndelag
Rennebu within Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 62°49′51″N 9°52′28″E / 62.83083°N 9.87444°E / 62.83083; 9.87444Coordinates: 62°49′51″N 9°52′28″E / 62.83083°N 9.87444°E / 62.83083; 9.87444
Country Norway
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Orkdalen
Administrative centre Berkåk
 • 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
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,622
 • Rank 294 in Norway
 • Density 2.8/km2 (7/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -2.9 %
Demonym(s) Rennbygg[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1635
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

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.

General information[edit]

Farms in the northeasternmost part of Trollheimen mountain range in Rennebu

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).[2]


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 the Gudbrand Valley and Oppdal to Gauldalen and Trondheim (today the European route E6). The last element is which means "rural district".[3]

Coat of arms[edit]

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.[4]


The Church of Norway has three parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Rennebu. It is part of the Deanery (prosti) of Gauldal and the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Rennebu
Church Name Year Built Location
of the Church
Berkåk Berkåk kirke 1878 Berkåk
Innset Innset kirke 2000 Innset
Rennebu Rennebu kirke 1669 Voll
Nerskogen kapell 1962 Nerskogen


Svarthetta mountain

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 Orkla River flows through the municipality from south to north in the Orkdalen valley. The northeasternmost part of the Trollheimen mountain range also lies within the municipality of Rennebu.

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.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 166. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 27 October 2008. 

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