Vemundvik (municipality)

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Vemundvik herred
Official logo of Vemundvik herred
Nord-Trøndelag within
Vemundvik within Nord-Trøndelag
Vemundvik within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°31′03″N 11°32′31″E / 64.51750°N 11.54194°E / 64.51750; 11.54194Coordinates: 64°31′03″N 11°32′31″E / 64.51750°N 11.54194°E / 64.51750; 11.54194
Established1 Jan 1838
Disestablished1 Jan 1964
Administrative centreVemundvik (1838-1941)
Town of Namsos (1941-1964)
 • Total247 km2 (95 sq mi)
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
 • Total2,040
 • Density8.3/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1745
Created asFormannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Succeeded byNamsos in 1964

Vemundvik is a former municipality in the old Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. The 247-square-kilometre (95 sq mi) municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 1964 (although it was originally much larger in 1838). By 1964, the municipality roughly corresponded to the mainland areas north of the river Namsen in what is now the municipality of Namsos in Trøndelag county. From 1838 until about 1942, the administrative centre was the village of Vemundvik where Vemundvik Church is located. After 1941, the municipal offices and administration was headquartered in the town of Namsos (which was technically not part of the municipality).[1]


The municipality of Vemundvik was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1846, the village of Namsos was declared to be a ladested, which mean that it was split from the municipality of Vemundvik. The new town (Ladested Namsos) had 591 inhabitants and the rest of Vemundvik was called Namsos herred or Namsos landdistrikt and it had 908 residents after the split.[2]

On 1 January 1891, the municipality of Namsos herred was divided again. The southern district of the municipality (population: 1,387) became the new municipality of Klingen and the northern district (population: 1,088) became the new municipality of Vemundvik (bringing back the old name).[2]

Areas of Vemundvik lying adjacent to the town of Namsos were later annexed by the town on numerous occasions. On 1 January 1882, an area with 109 inhabitants was moved to the town. On 1 July 1921 an area with 927 inhabitants was again transferred to Namsos. Then, on 1 July 1957, another area with a population of 6 was transferred to Namsos.[2]

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the neighboring municipalities of Vemundvik (population: 2,040) and Klinga (population: 2,482) plus the parts of Otterøy municipality located north of the Namsenfjorden (population: 1,013) and the Finnangerodden area on the island of Otterøya in Fosnes municipality (population: 116) were all merged with the town of Namsos (population: 5,224) to create a new (much larger) municipality of Namsos with 10,875 residents.[2]


The municipality is named after the village of Vemundvik, where the church was located. The Old Norse form of the name was Old Norse: Vémundarvik. The first part of the name is derived from the male name Vemund and the last part is vik which means cove.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2017-11-14). "Vemundvik – tidligere kommune". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  2. ^ a b c d Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.