Malvik kommune

View of Muruvik in Malvik

Coat of arms

Sør-Trøndelag within

Malvik within Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°22′22″N 10°45′3″E / 63.37278°N 10.75083°E / 63.37278; 10.75083Coordinates: 63°22′22″N 10°45′3″E / 63.37278°N 10.75083°E / 63.37278; 10.75083
Country Norway
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Trondheim Region
Administrative centre Hommelvik
  Mayor (2015) Ingrid Aune (Ap)
  Total 168.54 km2 (65.07 sq mi)
  Land 162.00 km2 (62.55 sq mi)
  Water 6.54 km2 (2.53 sq mi)
Area rank 350 in Norway
Population (2010)
  Total 12,550
  Rank 91 in Norway
  Density 77.5/km2 (201/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) 12.7 %
Demonym(s) Malvikbygg[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1663
Official language form Trøndersk
Data from Statistics Norway

Malvik is a village and a municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Trondheim Region. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Hommelvik. Other villages in Malvik include Muruvika, Smiskaret, Sneisen, Vikhammer, and Hundhammeren.

While "Malvik" refers to the municipality as a whole, it also refers to the village of Malvik. Situated between Hommelvik and Vikhammer, this village is the original centre of the municipality, and is where the historic Malvik Church is located. The urban area of the municipality is 3.02 square kilometres (1.17 sq mi) and it has a population of 6,554. The population density is 2,170 inhabitants per square kilometre (5,600/sq mi).[2]

General information

The municipality of Malvik was established in 1891 when it was separated from Strinda. On 1 January 1914, a small area of Lånke (population: 38) was transferred to Malvik. On 1 July 1953, a small area of Malvik (population: 37) was transferred to Strinda.[3]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Malvik farm (Old Norse: Manvík), since the first church was built there. The first element is probably the word mǫn (stem form man-) which means "mane", referring to a mountain ridge behind the farm. (Mana which means "the mane" is a common name for many mountains in Norway, where the form of the mountain is compared with the mane of a horse.) The last element (Old Norse: Vík) is identical with the word vik which means "inlet".[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 23 July 1982. The arms show a capercaillie, chosen as a symbol for the rich nature in the area.[5]


The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Malvik. It is part of the Deanery (prosti) of Stjørdal and the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Malvik
Church NameYear BuiltLocation
of the Church
HommelvikHommelvik kirke1886Hommelvik
Mostadmark kapell1986Sneisen
MalvikMalvik kirke1846Malvik


Malvik is just to the east of Trondheim, by far the largest town in the region (and one of Norway's largest). Many people in Malvik have their place of employment in Trondheim, though there is some local industry in Malvik itself.

The northern part of Malvik lies along the Trondheimsfjord, and it is along this coastal section that the vast majority of the population lives, and where schools, and places of employment are located. The municipal center is Hommelvik, situated about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of Trondheim, and it has long been the main population area in Malvik. In the last few decades the area around Vikhammer and Hundhammeren (about 10 kilometres or 6.2 miles to the west) has grown larger than Hommelvik. The area has many new housing areas, businesses, and shopping. Collectively, the new area is referred to as the Malvik urban area.[2]

The southern part of the municipality consists mostly of farming and forest areas, with many attractive areas for hiking and cross-country skiing. The Homla river runs north to the Trondheimsfjord. The lake Jonsvatnet lies on the western border of the municipality.

In the southeastern part of Malvik there is the Jøsås exclaves. Three farmsteads, Øvre Jøsås, Store Jøsås, and Lille Jøsås belonging to Malvik municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county are exclaved inside Stjørdal municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county in two different exclaves. Øvre Jøsås and Store Jøsås are located in one exclave (the western one) while Lille Jøsås is making another exclave (the eastern one). The exclaves only have road access to Malvik municipality even though they are inside Stjørdal's borders. The distance between the two exclaves is very small, only about 8 metres (26 ft) at the nearest.[6]


Map of the tunnels from Malvik to Stjørdal

To the east of Malvik is the municipality of Stjørdal (in Nord-Trøndelag county), which includes Trondheim Airport, Værnes. The airport has frequent connections to many locations in Norway, and a growing range of direct air links abroad (currently including London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Prague). The proximity of this airport means that Malvik, though a small community in a relatively isolated location, has rather good transport connections very close at hand. The European route E6 highway runs through Malvik and it has several tunnels, the longest of which is the Hell Tunnel.

The Nordlandsbanen railway line runs from Trondheim to Bodø (further north in Norway) and the Meråker Line runs east to Sweden. The railroad winds its way along the coast of the Trondheimsfjord in Malvik, and is a very scenic and pleasant journey. Malvik has two railway stations: Vikhammer Station and Hommelvik Station. The Gevingåsen Tunnel is being built to shorten the rail trip from Trondheim to Stjørdal. A side effect of this is that the scenic attractiveness of the trip will be somewhat reduced, as part of the section along the fjord will no longer form part of the trip. The railway junction where the line splits for Bodø or Sweden is just to the east of Malvik, at a small settlement called Hell. The station is well known to railway enthusiasts from its odd name (for English language speakers). It is indeed possible, in Malvik, to purchase "a single ticket to Hell" or a return "to Hell and back".

Notable residents


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. 1 2 Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2009). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.".
  3. Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  4. Rygh, Oluf (1901). Norske gaardnavne: Søndre Trondhjems amt (in Norwegian) (14 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 356.
  5. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  6. Jan S. Krogh. "Domestic enclaves/exclaves of Norway". Retrieved 2011-03-11.
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