Bjugn kommune

Coat of arms

Sør-Trøndelag within

Bjugn within Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°48′24″N 9°53′53″E / 63.80667°N 9.89806°E / 63.80667; 9.89806Coordinates: 63°48′24″N 9°53′53″E / 63.80667°N 9.89806°E / 63.80667; 9.89806
Country Norway
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Fosen
Administrative centre Botngård
  Mayor (1999) Arnfinn Astad (Ap)
  Total 383.80 km2 (148.19 sq mi)
  Land 355.83 km2 (137.39 sq mi)
  Water 27.97 km2 (10.80 sq mi)
Area rank 243 in Norway
Population (2010)
  Total 4,548
  Rank 199 in Norway
  Density 12.8/km2 (33/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -3.2 %
Demonym(s) Bjugning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1627
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Bjugn is a municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Fosen region. The village of Botngård is the administrative centre of Bjugn municipality. Other villages in Bjugn include Høybakken, Jøssund, Lysøysundet, Nes, Oksvoll, and Vallersund.[2]

General information

The municipality of Bjugn was established in 1853 when it was separated from the large municipality of Ørland. Initially, Bjugn had 2,903 residents. On 26 March 1870, a royal resolution moved an unpopulated part of Åfjord to Bjugn. On 1 January 1899, the western district of Nes (population: 1,285) and the southern district of Skjørn (population: 2,166) were separated from Bjugn. This left Bjugn with 1,256. On 1 January 1964, Nes, Jøssund, and the northern part of Stjørna were all merged with Bjugn to create a new, larger municipality of Bjugn. The population of Bjugn then increased from 1,240 to 4,940.[3] Bjugn was on the Robek-list in 2015.[4]


The Old Norse form of the name was (also) Bjugn. The name is derived from bjúgr which means "bent", probably referring to the bent form of the local fjord, the Bjugnfjorden.[5]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 17 February 1989. The arms show a yellow rudder on a blue background, representing the historic importance of fishing in the municipality.[6]


The Church of Norway has three parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Bjugn. It is part of the Deanery (prosti) of Fosen and the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Bjugn
Church NameYear BuiltLocation
of the Church
BjugnBjugn kirke1956Bjugn
Heggvik kirke1858Høybakken
JøssundJøssund kirke1875Jøssund
NesNes kirke1878Nes
Tarva kapell1972Tarva


Bjugnfjorden with Bjugn church

The municipality of Bjugn is located on the Fosen peninsula on the mainland, plus many islands, including the Tarva islands. The Asenvågøy lighthouse is located in the far north of the municipality. The Bjugnfjorden and Stjørnfjord both are located partially in Bjugn.

Neighboring Bjugn is the municipality of Ørland to the southwest, Rissa to the south and southeast, and Åfjord to the northeast.

There are five nature reserves in Bjugn. Hildremsvatnet Nature Reserve is the largest at 23,441 decares (23.441 km2; 9.051 sq mi) and includes several nature types, among these are 9 localities identified as boreal rainforest (see Scandinavian coastal conifer forests).[7]


The Fosenhallen are an indoor multi-use ice rink. The Fosenhallen was used to host the 2014 World Junior Speed Skating Championships.


All municipalities in Norway, including Bjugn, 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

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Bjugn is made up of 21 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Bjugn Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party NameName in NorwegianNumber of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet9
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet1
 Conservative PartyHøyre5
 Centre PartySenterpartiet4
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti1
 Local ListsLokale lister1
Total number of members:21


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Morten Haugen. "Bjugn". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 33.
  6. "Bjugns kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Bjugn kommune. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
  7. "Hildremsvatnet" (in Norwegian). Direktoratet for naturforvaltning.
  8. "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-03-06.

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