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Skaun kommune
View of the local Skaun Church
View of the local Skaun Church
Coat of arms of Skaun kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Skaun kommune
Trøndelag within
Skaun within Trøndelag
Skaun within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°16′53″N 10°03′19″E / 63.28139°N 10.05528°E / 63.28139; 10.05528Coordinates: 63°16′53″N 10°03′19″E / 63.28139°N 10.05528°E / 63.28139; 10.05528
Country Norway
County Trøndelag
District Orkdalen
Established 1 Jan 1890
Administrative centre Børsa
 • Mayor (2003) Jon P. Husby (Sp)
 • Total 224.21 km2 (86.57 sq mi)
 • Land 213.11 km2 (82.28 sq mi)
 • Water 11.10 km2 (4.29 sq mi)
Area rank #320 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 8,000
 • Rank #137 in Norway
 • Density 37.5/km2 (97/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 28.8%
Demonym(s) Skauning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
ISO 3166 code NO-5029
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Skaun is a municipality in 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.

The 224-square-kilometre (86 sq mi) municipality is the 320th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Skaun is the 137th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 8,000. The municipality's population density is 37.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (97/sq mi) and its population has increased by 28.8% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

View of the municipal centre of Børsa
View of the northern shores of Skaun
Stones that inspired the coat-of-arms of Skaun

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. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1965, the three neighboring municipalities of Skaun (population: 1,251), Børsa (population: 1,476), and Buvik (population: 1,267) were merged to form a new, larger municipality of Skaun.[3] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Sør-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


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.[4]


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.[5]


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

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


All municipalities in Norway, including Skaun, 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 Skaun is made up of 23 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Skaun Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 7
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 2
  Conservative Party Høyre 2
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 8
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 1
  Local Lists Lokale lister 3
Total number of members: 23


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. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 291. 
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "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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