Meldal kommune

View of the lake Frilsjøen

Coat of arms

Sør-Trøndelag within

Meldal within Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°3′4″N 9°44′14″E / 63.05111°N 9.73722°E / 63.05111; 9.73722Coordinates: 63°3′4″N 9°44′14″E / 63.05111°N 9.73722°E / 63.05111; 9.73722
Country Norway
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Orkdalen
Administrative centre Meldal
  Mayor (2011) Are Hilstad (Sp)
  Total 613.34 km2 (236.81 sq mi)
  Land 592.54 km2 (228.78 sq mi)
  Water 20.80 km2 (8.03 sq mi)
Area rank 181 in Norway
Population (2010)
  Total 3,920
  Rank 230 in Norway
  Density 6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -1.8 %
Demonym(s) Meldaling[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1636
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Meldal is a village and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Orkdalen region.

The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Meldal. The 0.75-square-kilometre (190-acre) village of Meldal has a population (2013) of 628, giving the village a population density of 837 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,170/sq mi).[2] Other villages include Løkken Verk, Bjørnli, and Storås.

The municipality is most renowned for its mining activities at Løkken Verk, being the birthplace of the Orkla mining company, now Orkla Group. It is also home to the annual Storåsfestivalen music festival.

General information

The area of the Storås Festival in Meldal

Meldal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1839, the southern district of Rennebu was separated from Meldal to form a municipality of its own.[3]


The Old Norse form of the name was Meðaldalr. The first element is meðal which means "middle" and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The municipality is named this probably because it is located in the middle of the Orkdalen valley. The name was historically spelled Meldalen.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 5 February 1985. The arms are a combination of a wheel as a symbol for the local industry, and a wheat ear as a symbol for the agriculture. Both items are yellow on a red background.[5]


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

Churches in Meldal
Church NameYear BuiltLocation
of the Church
LøkkenLøkken kirke1929Bjørnli
MeldalMeldal kirke1988Meldal


The municipality of Meldal is located along the Orkla River in the middle of the Orkdalen valley. The lakes Hostovatnet and Svorksjøen are located along the northern border of the municipality.

The municipality of Rindal (in Møre og Romsdal) lies to the west, Rennebu lies to the south, Midtre Gauldal and Melhus to the east, and Orkdal to the north.

The Løkken Station is the terminal station on the Thamshavn Line railway.


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "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. 149.
  5. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 26 October 2008.
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