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This article is about the municipality in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. For other uses, see Rindal (disambiguation).
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
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Nordmøre
Administrative centre Rindal
 • Mayor (2011) Ola T. Heggem (Sp)
 • Total 631.84 km2 (243.95 sq mi)
 • Land 611.10 km2 (235.95 sq mi)
 • Water 20.74 km2 (8.01 sq mi)
Area rank 175 in Norway
Population (2013)
 • Total 2,061
 • Rank 334 in Norway
 • Density 3.4/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -2.6 %
Demonym(s) Rindaling[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1567
Official language form Neutral
Website www.rindal.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

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]

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.[3] 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).[4]


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.[5]


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.[6]


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.

Surnadal Municipality 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.

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. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (8 Nov 2012). "Endringer i kommuneinndelingen og andre regionale inndelinger" (in Norwegian). 
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 423. 
  6. ^ "Kommunevåpenet til Rindal kommune". Rindal Kommune. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 

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