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Skaun kommune
Skaun kyrkje.jpg
Coat of arms of Skaun kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Skaun kommune
Sør-Trøndelag within
Skaun within Sør-Trøndelag
Skaun within Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°16′53″N 10°3′19″E / 63.28139°N 10.05528°E / 63.28139; 10.05528Coordinates: 63°16′53″N 10°3′19″E / 63.28139°N 10.05528°E / 63.28139; 10.05528
Country Norway
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Orkdalen
Administrative centre Børsa
 • Mayor (2003) Jon P. Husby (Sp)
 • Total 224.17 km2 (86.55 sq mi)
 • Land 213.05 km2 (82.26 sq mi)
 • Water 11.12 km2 (4.29 sq mi)
Area rank 318 in Norway
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,626
 • Rank 166 in Norway
 • Density 31.1/km2 (81/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 13.4 %
Demonym(s) Skauning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1657
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Skaun 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 Børsa. Other villages include Buvika, Eggkleiva, Melby, Skaun, and Viggja.

Skaun is predominantly rural, but is nonetheless situated only 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Norway's third largest city, Trondheim. Most inhabitants, except agricultural and public sector workers, work outside of Skaun in Trondheim, Orkanger, or Melhus. The European route E39 runs east to west across the northern part of the municipality and Norwegian County Road 709 runs north and south through the municipality.

General information[edit]

The municipality of Børseskognen was established on 1 January 1890 when it was separated from the municipality of Børsa. The initial population was 1,410. In 1930 the name was changed to Skaun. On 1 January 1965, Skaun, Børsa, and Buvik were merged to form a new, larger municipality of Skaun.[2]


The Old Norse form of the name was (also) Skaun. The name comes from the Old Norse word "skinr", meaning "to shine". This is believed to refer to the lake Laugen.[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were adopted on 9 January 1987. The silver and blue colored arms are based on the four large, old standing stones found in the municipality. The four stones are most likely associated with a large grave site dating back to around 500-1000 AD.[4]


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

Churches in Skaun
Church Name Year Built Location
of the Church
Buvik Buvik Church 1819 Buvika
Børsa Børsa Church 1857 Børsa
Skaun Skaun Church 1183 Skaun


The municipality of Skaun lies on the south side of the Gaulosen, an arm of the Trondheimsfjord. The river Mora flows north into the lake Laugen and the river Børselva flows north out of the lake Laugen up to the fjord. The lake Malmsjøen is located in the southeastern part of the municipality.

Skaun has three neighboring municipalities: Orkdal to the west, Melhus to the south and east, and Trondheim to the north across the Gaulosen.

Notable residents[edit]

Fictional residents[edit]

  • Kristin Lavransdatter, who was the key character in a trilogy written by the Nobel Prize winner in literature, Sigrid Undset. There is a celebration of this every year the second week-end in August. It takes place at Husaby, where Sigrid Undset lived while writing the second book, Husfrue ("Houselady"). The books also have large parts of their storyline from Husaby.


  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. 291. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 28 October 2008. 

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