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Snåsa kommune

Snåasen tjielte
View of Snåsa over Snåsavatnet
View of Snåsa over Snåsavatnet
Official logo of Snåsa kommune
Trøndelag within
Snåsa within Trøndelag
Snåsa within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°13′28″N 12°37′31″E / 64.22444°N 12.62528°E / 64.22444; 12.62528Coordinates: 64°13′28″N 12°37′31″E / 64.22444°N 12.62528°E / 64.22444; 12.62528
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreSnåsa
 • Mayor (2015)Tone Våg (Ap)
 • Total2,342.66 km2 (904.51 sq mi)
 • Land2,150.05 km2 (830.14 sq mi)
 • Water192.61 km2 (74.37 sq mi)  8.2%
Area rank20 in Norway
 • Total2,094
 • Rank321 in Norway
 • Density1/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Snåsning [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5041
Official language formNeutral [2]

Snåsa (Norwegian) (Urban East Norwegian: [ˈsnoːsɑ]) or Snåase (Southern Sami) is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Innherred region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Snåsa. Other villages include Agle and Jørstad.

Snåsa is one of the last strongholds for the seriously endangered Southern Sami language.

The 2,343-square-kilometre (905 sq mi) municipality is the 20th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Snåsa is the 321st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,094. The municipality's population density is 1 inhabitant per square kilometre (2.6/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 3.8% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

The parish of Snåsa was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1874, the eastern district of Snåsa (population: 1,015) was separated to form a new, separate municipality of Lierne. This left Snåsa with 2,235 residents. Snåsa's boundaries have not changed since then.[5] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.


The name of the municipality (and the old prestegjeld) comes from the Old Norse word Snǫs. The name is identical with the word snös which means "prominent mountain" or "overhanging rock" (possibly referring to the mountain of Bergsåsen, at the inner end of the lake Snåsavatnet). The name was spelled Snaasen until the early 20th century.[6] The Southern Sami language version of the name is Snåasen tjielte, which was officially accepted in 2010 as an alternate name for the Norwegian: Snåsa kommune.[7]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 17 March 1994. The arms show a yellow Lady Slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) on a blue background. This particular flower is prevalent throughout the municipality, in fact at least 15 species of orchid have been found growing in Snåsa.[7][8]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Snåsa. It is part of the Nord-Innherad prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Snåsa
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Snåsa Snåsa Church Snåsa 1200


View of the lake Snåsavatnet

Snåsa is located about 180 kilometres (110 mi) northeast of the city of Trondheim, and it borders Sweden to the southeast. Snåsa borders the municipalities of Overhalla, Grong, and Lierne in the north and east, and Steinkjer and Verdal in the west and south. The 6th largest lake in the country, Snåsavatnet, is partly located in the municipality. Other lakes include Andorsjøen, Bangsjøene, Grøningen, Holderen, and Store Øyingen. The Blåfjella–Skjækerfjella National Park covers a lot of the eastern part of the municipality.


All municipalities in Norway, including Snåsa, 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.[9] The municipality falls under the Inntrøndelag District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Snåsa is made up of 21 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Snåsa Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)8
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:17
Snåsa Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:21
Snåsa Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)8
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:21


The European route E6 highway runs through the municipality on the north side of the Snåsavatnet lake and the Nordland Line runs along the south side of the lake. The train stops at Jørstad Station and Snåsa Station.


Media gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 273.
  7. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Snåsa" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  8. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  9. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  10. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  11. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  12. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nord-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.

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