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Rindal kommune
Official logo of Rindal kommune
Trøndelag within
Rindal within Trøndelag
Rindal within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°02′32″N 09°17′22″E / 63.04222°N 9.28944°E / 63.04222; 9.28944Coordinates: 63°02′32″N 09°17′22″E / 63.04222°N 9.28944°E / 63.04222; 9.28944
Administrative centreRindal
 • Mayor (2011)Ola T. Heggem (Sp)
 • Total631.84 km2 (243.95 sq mi)
 • Land611.84 km2 (236.23 sq mi)
 • Water20.0 km2 (7.7 sq mi)  3.2%
Area rank180 in Norway
 • Total2,039
 • Rank324 in Norway
 • Density3.3/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)rindaling [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5061
Official language formNeutral [2]

Rindal is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Orkdalen region. The administrative centre is the village of Rindal. Other villages in the municipality include Tiset and Romundstad. The municipality centres on agriculture and forestry services.[3]

The 6,322-square-kilometre (2,441 sq mi) municipality is the 180th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Rindal is the 324th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,039. The municipality's population density is 3.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.5/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 0.3% over the last decade.[4][5]

General information[edit]

The parish of Rindal was established as a municipality in 1858 when it was separated from Surnadal Municipality. It was originally located within Møre og Romsdal county. The initial population of Rindal was 2,684.[6] On 1 January 2008, the Fossdalen farm (population: 4) was transferred from Rindal (in Møre og Romsdal county) to Hemne Municipality (in Sør-Trøndelag county).[7] On 1 January 2019, the municipality of Rindal was transferred from Møre og Romsdal county to Trøndelag county.[8]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Rindal farm (Old Norse: Rindudalr), since the first Rindal Church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of the river name Rinda and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The river name is derived from the verb rinna which means to "run" or "flow". Before 1918, the name was written Rindalen.[9]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 20 January 1989. The arms show a yellow gavel on a green background. The gavel is meant to represent John Neergaard, who is considered the father of municipal governments in Norway, (formannskapets far), who was from Rindal. He was responsible for pushing for local government reform which led to the Formannskapsdistrikt law in 1837.[10][11]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Rindal. It is part of the Indre Nordmøre prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Møre. On 1 January 2020, the parish of Rindal will be transferred to the Orkdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros. This transfer is a result of the municipality of Rindal being transferred from Møre og Romsdal county to Trøndelag county.[12]

Churches in Rindal
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Rindal Rindal Church Rindal 1874
Øvre Rindal Chapel Tiset 1911


The mountain Trollhetta
Lake Søvatnet near Søvassli

The municipality lies in the southwestern part of Trøndelag county, along the border with Møre og Romsdal county. Rindal formerly was part of Møre og Romsdal and at that time, it was the only landlocked municipality in that county. The lakes Foldsjøen and Gråsjøen lie along the border with Surnadal to the southwest. The large river Surna begins in Rindal at the confluence of the rivers Tiåa and Lomunda. The Trollheimen mountain range runs through southern Rindal. The Grønkjølen Nature Reserve lies in the extreme northwest of the municipality.[13]

The municipality of Surnadal lies to the west in Møre og Romsdal county. Rindal shares a border with five other municipalities to the north, east, and south: Hemne, Orkdal, Meldal, Rennebu, and Oppdal.


All municipalities in Norway, including Rindal, 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.[14]

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Rindal is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Rindal Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
Total number of members:17
Rindal Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
Total number of members:17
Rindal Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)10
Total number of members:17

Notable residents[edit]


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  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Rindal" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  5. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  6. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  7. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (8 Nov 2012). "Endringer i kommuneinndelingen og andre regionale inndelinger" (in Norwegian).
  8. ^ Flatås, Solvår (2017-09-18). "Har ventet i hundre år – nå får rindalingene snart bli trøndere". NRK Trøndelag (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  9. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 423.
  10. ^ "Kommunevåpenet til Rindal kommune". Rindal Kommune. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  11. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  12. ^ "Endring av bispedømmegrense -overføring av Rindal sokn fra Møre bispedømme til Nidaros bispedømm" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Den Norske Kirke: Kirkerådet. 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2019-03-17. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ "Grønkjølen". Mijlø-direktoratet. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  14. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  15. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  16. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  17. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Møre og Romsdal". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.

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