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Rindal kommune
Coat of arms of Rindal kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Rindal kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Rindal within Møre og Romsdal
Rindal within Møre og Romsdal
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
CountyMøre og Romsdal
Administrative centreRindal
 • Mayor (2011)Ola T. Heggem (Sp)
 • Total631.84 km2 (243.95 sq mi)
 • Land611.22 km2 (235.99 sq mi)
 • Water20.62 km2 (7.96 sq mi)
Area rank#180 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total2,026
 • Rank#327 in Norway
 • Density3.3/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)-1.7%
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1567
Official language formNeutral

Rindal is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Nordmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Rindal. The municipality centres on agriculture and forestry services. The municipality is the only landlocked municipality in the entire county.[2]

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 327th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,026. The municipality's population density is 3.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.5/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 1.7% over the last decade.[3]

General information[edit]

The parish of Rindal was established as a municipality in 1858 when it was separated from Surnadal Municipality. The initial population of Rindal was 2,684.[4] 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).[5]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Rindal farm (Old Norse: Rindudalr), since the first church (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.[6]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were 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.[7]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Rindal. It is part of the Indre Nordmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre.

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 northeastern part of Møre og Romsdal county, along the border with Sør-Trøndelag county. Rindal is the only landlocked municipality in Møre og Romsdal 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.[8]

The municipality of Surnadal lies to the west in Møre og Romsdal. Rindal shares a border with five other municipalities in Sør-Trøndelag county 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.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Rindal is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[9]

Rindal Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet7
 Conservative PartyHøyre2
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti1
 Centre PartySenterpartiet7
Total number of members:17

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Rindal" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (8 Nov 2012). "Endringer i kommuneinndelingen og andre regionale inndelinger" (in Norwegian).[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 423.
  7. ^ "Kommunevåpenet til Rindal kommune". Rindal Kommune. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  8. ^ "Grønkjølen". Mijlø-direktoratet. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.

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