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Selbu kommune
Coat of arms of Selbu kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Selbu kommune
Sør-Trøndelag within
Selbu within Sør-Trøndelag
Selbu within Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°11′54″N 11°8′25″E / 63.19833°N 11.14028°E / 63.19833; 11.14028Coordinates: 63°11′54″N 11°8′25″E / 63.19833°N 11.14028°E / 63.19833; 11.14028
Country Norway
County Sør-Trøndelag
Administrative centre Mebonden
 • Mayor (2015) Ole Morten Balstad (Ap)
 • Total 1,234.85 km2 (476.78 sq mi)
 • Land 1,140.84 km2 (440.48 sq mi)
 • Water 94.01 km2 (36.30 sq mi)
Area rank 79 in Norway
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,004
 • Rank 231 in Norway
 • Density 3.5/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 2.0 %
Demonym(s) Selbygg[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1664
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Selbu is a municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Mebonden. Other villages in Selbu include Flora, Fossan, Hyttbakken, Innbygda, Selbustrand, Tømra, and Vikvarvet.

General information[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) of Selbu was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1901, the eastern part of the municipality was separated to form the new municipality of Tydal. This left Selbu with 4,607 inhabitants. The borders of Selbu have not changed since then.[2]


The Old Norse form of the name was Selabú. The first element is the genitive case of the old name of the lake Selbusjøen (Old Norse: Seli). The last element is which means "district". (The old name of the lake is probably derived from the word seli which means "harness" since the lake is long and narrow.)[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were adopted on 31 May 1991. The arms show a silver background with three black selburoses, designs which are typical for the patterns used in the local lusekofte (traditional Norwegian sweaters) and other woollen garments. Home knitting has been a long tradition in the municipality.[4]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Selbu. It is part of the Deanery (prosti) of Stjørdal and the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Selbu
Church Name Year Built Location
of the Church
Selbu Selbu kirke 1150 Mebonden
Selbustrand kirke 1901 Selbustrand
Flora kapell 1936 Flora


Selbu borders nine municipalities. The municipalities of Trondheim, Malvik, and Stjørdal are to the north; Meråker and Tydal are to the east; Tydal, Holtålen, and Midtre Gauldal are to the south; and Melhus and Klæbu are to the west.

The largest lake in Selbu is Selbusjøen with an area of 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi). It is located 160 metres (520 ft) above sea level. Another lake in the municipality is Sørungen. The highest mountain in Selbu is the 1,441-metre (4,728 ft) tall mountain Fongen, located inside Skarvan and Roltdalen National Park. The Nea River and Rotla River both flow through the municipality. The municipality covers a total of 1,254 square kilometres (484 sq mi) which consists of:

Land use in Selbu
Land type Area
square kilometres square miles percentage
Freshwater lakes[note 1] and rivers 85 33 6.8
Agriculture 31 12 2.5
Woodlands 308 119 14.7
Swampland and mountains 830 320 66.0
  1. ^ Including the Selbusjøen Lake, which itself is over 58 square kilometres (22 sq mi) in area, making it the largest lake in Sør-Trøndelag and the 17th largest lake in Norway.


The main road through Selbu is Rv705 (Stjørdal - Selbu - Tydal). Selbu is located near important destinations:

Destination Distance
kilometres miles
Stjørdal 45 28
Trondheim Airport, Værnes 40 25
Trondheim 70 43
Ås (Tydal) 45 28
Røros 120 75


Traditionally, Selbu has been an agricultural and forest managing community. The area is well known for its special knitting techniques. The last decades have led to efforts in business such as high technology, electronics, and mechanics. The newspaper Selbyggen has been published in Selbu since 1889.[5]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2009). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 376. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon: Selbyggen.

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