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Verran kommune
View from Malm at sunset
View from Malm at sunset
Coat of arms of Verran kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Verran kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Verran within Nord-Trøndelag
Verran within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°01′27″N 10°58′44″E / 64.02417°N 10.97889°E / 64.02417; 10.97889Coordinates: 64°01′27″N 10°58′44″E / 64.02417°N 10.97889°E / 64.02417; 10.97889
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Innherad
Administrative centre Malm
 • Mayor (2015) Anders Lindstrøm (Ap)
 • Total 601.66 km2 (232.30 sq mi)
 • Land 558.15 km2 (215.50 sq mi)
 • Water 43.51 km2 (16.80 sq mi)
Area rank 184 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 2,515
 • Rank 297 in Norway
 • Density 4.5/km2 (12/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -4.1 %
Demonym(s) Verrabygg[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1724
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Verran is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Innherred region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Malm. Other villages in Verran include Follafoss, Sela, Verrabotn, and Verrastranda.

The 602-square-kilometre (232 sq mi) municipality is the 184th largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Verran is the 297th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,515. The municipality's population density is 4.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (12/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 4.1% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Verran was established on 1 January 1901 when the old municipality of Mosvik og Verran was divided into Mosvik and Verran municipalities. The initial population of Verran was 1,456. On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Malm (population: 2,975) to the north was merged with Verran (population: 1,803) to form the present municipality of Verran. After the merger, there were 4,778 residents in Verran. On 1 January 1968, the Framverran area on the south side of the Verrasundet fjord (population: 395) was transferred from Verran to Mosvik.[3]

On 1 January 2020 the municipality of Verran will merge with the neighboring municipality of Steinkjer to form a new, larger municipality of Steinkjer.[4]


The municipality is named after the Verrasundet fjord (Old Norse: Veri), which is an arm of the great Trondheimsfjord. The meaning of the old name is probably "the quiet one" or "the fjord with still water".[5]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 11 September 1987. The arms show a blue background with a silver verranjekt, a type of boat that is common in the area.[6]


The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Verran. It is part of the Nord-Innherad deanery and the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Verran
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Malm Malm Church Malm 1885
Sela Church Sela 1997
Verran Fines Church Verrabotn 1913
Follafoss Church Follafoss 1954


Verran borders the municipalities of Åfjord to the west, Rissa to the southwest, Leksvik to the south, Mosvik and Inderøy to the southeast, Steinkjer to the east, and Namdalseid to the north. Verran encompasses the western coastline of the Beitstadfjord, an arm of the Trondheimsfjord. There are three large lakes in Verran: Ormsetvatnet, Selavatnet, and Holden. The river Follaelva runs through the municipality, emptying into the Trondheimsfjord at Follafoss.


All municipalities in Norway, including Verran, 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 Verran is made up of 19 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Verran Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 7
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 1
  Conservative Party Høyre 1
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 7
  Liberal Party Venstre 3
Total number of members: 19


Forestry is an important industry in Verran. There is also a paper mill in Follafoss that is a large factory. The paper mill is owned by Södra Cell Folla.


  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 2017-10-02. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ "Bakgrunn" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 168. 
  6. ^ "Nord-Trøndelag fylke" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  7. ^ "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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