Hills near Vinjeøra
|• Total||222 km2 (86 sq mi)|
|*Area at municipal dissolution.|
|• Density||2.6/km2 (6.7/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1611|
|Preceded by||Hemne in 1924|
|Succeeded by||Hemne in 1964|
Vinje is a former municipality in the old Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. The 222-square-kilometre (86 sq mi) municipality existed from 1924 until its dissolution in 1964. The municipality encompassed the areas around the inner Vinjefjorden and the Søo river valley in what is now the southern part of the present-day municipality of Hemne. The administrative centre was the village of Vinjeøra. The lake Vasslivatnet lies in the eastern part of Vinje.
Originally (since 1838), Vinje was a part of the municipality of Hemne (see formannskapsdistrikt). Historically, the parish annex of Vinje actually belonged to Romsdalen county while the main parish of Hemne belonged to Søndre Trondhjem county. But according to the 1837 formannskapsdistrikt law, a parish could no longer be divided between two counties, so the annex of Vinje had to be transferred to the county of Søndre Trondhjem.
On 1 July 1924, the large municipality of Hemne was divided into Vinje municipality (population: 716) in the south, Snillfjord municipality (population: 776) in the east, and the rest of the municipality (population: 2,030) remained as Hemne. 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 Vinje (population: 576), Hemne (population: 2,325), and the western part of the municipality of Heim (population: 711) were merged to form a new, enlarged municipality of Hemne.
The municipality of Vinje (originally the parish annex) was named after the old Vinje farm (Old Norse: Vinjar), since the first Vinje Church was built there. The name is the plural form of vin which means "meadow" or "pasture".
- Haugen, Morten, ed. (2014-11-28). "Vinje – tidligere kommune". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
- Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.