Fosnes kommune

View of Seierstad on Jøa island

Coat of arms

Nord-Trøndelag within

Fosnes within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°41′2″N 11°34′9″E / 64.68389°N 11.56917°E / 64.68389; 11.56917Coordinates: 64°41′2″N 11°34′9″E / 64.68389°N 11.56917°E / 64.68389; 11.56917
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Dun
  Mayor (2007) Bjørg Tingstad (Sp)
  Total 544.64 km2 (210.29 sq mi)
  Land 473.39 km2 (182.78 sq mi)
  Water 71.25 km2 (27.51 sq mi)
Area rank 196 in Norway
Population (2011)
  Total 653
  Rank 419 in Norway
  Density 1.4/km2 (4/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -16.3 %
Demonym(s) Fosnesbygg[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1748
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Fosnes is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Dun on the island of Jøa. Other villages include Salsnes and Nufsfjord.

General information

View of Mjosund

Fosnes was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1871, the western district of Fosnes (population: 1,472) was separated to form the new municipality of Flatanger. This left Fosnes with 2,655 residents. On 1 January 1889, a small area of Fosnes (population: 61) was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Vikten. Then on 1 January 1913, the western part of Fosnes (population: 1,631) was separated to form the new municipality of Otterøy. This left the much smaller municipality with 1,107 residents. On 1 January 1964, the Finnanger area of Fosnes on the island of Otterøya (population: 116) was transferred to the new municipality of Namsos.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Fosnes farm (Old Norse: Fólgsnnes), since the first church was built there. The first element is fólgsn which means "hiding place" and the last element is nes which means "headland". (The first element is referring to an inlet behind the farm, where ships could not be seen from the main fjord.) Historically, the name was spelled Fosnæs.[3][4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 13 November 1992. The arms show a black oarlock from a rowing boat on a yellow background. Fosnes is a coastal municipality and rowing boats were the main form of transportation in the former centuries.

The first proposal for arms of Fosnes were taken in 1989, when the council launched a contest to develop arms. Several proposals were received but none was acceptable to or the council, or the Norwegian Heraldic Society, as the proposals were not made according to heraldic rules. Finally the Society proposed the above arms, which were acceptable to the council.[5]

See also: Radøy and Tjøme


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Fosnes. It is part of the Namdal deanery in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Fosnes
Church NameLocation
of the Church
Year Built
FosnesDun ChurchDun1949
Fosnes ChapelFosnesvågen1926
Salen ChapelSalsnes1953


Fosnes is a coastal municipality located along the Foldafjord, north of the town of Namsos. The municipality includes the island of Jøa, part of the island of Elvalandet, and part of the mainland. The second deepest lake in Europe, Salsvatnet, and the lake Mjosundvatnet are both located in the eastern part of the municipality.


All municipalities in Norway, including Fosnes, 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 Fosnes is made up of 13 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Fosnes Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party NameName in NorwegianNumber of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet4
 Local ListsLokale lister9
Total number of members:13


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  3. Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 336.
  4. Store norske leksikon. "Fosnes" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  5. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  6. "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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