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Tanem is located in Sør-Trøndelag
Tanem is located in Norway
Location in Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°18′29″N 10°26′15″E / 63.30806°N 10.43750°E / 63.30806; 10.43750Coordinates: 63°18′29″N 10°26′15″E / 63.30806°N 10.43750°E / 63.30806; 10.43750
Country Norway
Region Trøndelag
County Sør-Trøndelag
Municipality Klæbu
 • Total 0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 167 m (548 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 1,247
 • Density 2,711/km2 (7,020/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 7549 Tanem

Tanem is a village in the municipality of Klæbu in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located along the Nidelva river approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west of the village and municipal centre of Klæbu.[3] The 0.46-square-kilometre (110-acre) village has a population (2013) is 1,247. The population density is 2,711 inhabitants per square kilometre (7,020/sq mi).[1] Tanem's population has grown the last ten years, with almost a doubling in the number of houses. Most of the residents of Tanem commute to Trondheim to work. The only people who work in Tanem are construction workers, teachers at the Tanem Kindergarten and the Tanem school (ages 6 to 12), some industry workers, and a few farmers.


The village of Tanem lies along the river Nidelva and there is a nearby forest that covers the region's tallest mountain, Vassfjellet. The forest is a haven for people fond of the outdoors, and it offers good hiking, mountain biking and foraging for berries. The local skiing clubs include Freidig Alpin and Vassfjellet SK. The local Motorcycle Club Sprengstart MC was founded here in 1983.


Tanem has also been a site of strip mining for high-quality gravel and sand during the last 30 years. This is because Tanem has been below sea level during various ice ages, and large amounts of glacifluvial residue were piled up here. Since these sites have almost all been in forested areas, the residents of Tanem have been largely shielded from the ugly nature of strip mining. Other industries in the vicinity of Tanem include logging and a water-powered electrical plant.


The village of Tanem dates back to before the Viking era. The hill today known as Tanemsåsen was fortified in ancient times, the remnants of this still exist and have been excavated. This hill gave its name to the municipality Klæbu in which Tanem lies, the name Klæbu being derived from the old Klæppabu, which means "the place where people live under the hill with a fort on it". Runestones have been found from this and later ages in the whole area, and one of these is the Tanem Runestone, which is listed as N KJ89 U in the Rundata catalog.


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  2. ^ "Tanem" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Tanem" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-03-14. 

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