Namsskogan kommune

Brekkvasselv, Namsskogan

Coat of arms

Nord-Trøndelag within

Namsskogan within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°52′19″N 12°58′35″E / 64.87194°N 12.97639°E / 64.87194; 12.97639Coordinates: 64°52′19″N 12°58′35″E / 64.87194°N 12.97639°E / 64.87194; 12.97639
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Namsskogan
  Mayor (2011 -) Stian Brekkvassmo
  Total 1,417.16 km2 (547.17 sq mi)
  Land 1,353.90 km2 (522.74 sq mi)
  Water 63.26 km2 (24.42 sq mi)
Area rank 59 in Norway
Population (2011)
  Total 928
  Rank 411 in Norway
  Density 0.7/km2 (2/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -2.8 %
Demonym(s) Namsskoging[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1740
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Namsskogan is a village and municipality in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. Namsskogan is located in the upper part of the long Namdalen valley region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Namsskogan. Other villages in the municipality include Brekkvasselv, Smalåsen, Skorovatn, and Trones.

The village of Namsskogan lies along the river Namsen in the northern part of the municipality. The European route E6 highway runs through the village.

General information

E6 enters Nord-Norge at the northern end of Namsskogan
"Nams-Inn" is a small hotel in Namsskogan.

The municipality of Namsskogan was established on 1 July 1923 when it was separated from the large municipality of Grong. Initially, the population of Namsskogan was 469. The municipal boundaries have not changed since.[2]


The name was created in 1923. The first element is the name of the river Namsen and the last element is the plural form of skog which means "wood". Therefore, the meaning of the name is "the woodlands around Namsen".[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 21 December 1984. The arms show a gold moose's antler on a black background. The municipality is heavily forested and many moose can be found in the area. The arms are based on a very large antler, with a rare golden color, which hangs on the community hall.[4]

See also: Coats-of-arms for Aremark, Namsos, Ringsaker, and Tynset


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

Churches in Namsskogan
Church NameLocation
of the Church
Year Built
NamsskoganTrones ChurchTrones1832
Bjørhusdal ChurchNamsskogan1970
Skorovatn ChapelSkorovatn1965


In the 2007 municipal elections, Namsskogan had the highest vote for the Socialist Left party in Norway, at 33.6 per cent.


Namsskogan is located in the northeast part of Nord-Trøndelag county. It is a heavily forested area with several large lakes including Kalvvatnet, Mellingsvatnet, Storfrøyningen, Storgåsvatnet, and Tunnsjøflyan. The river Namsen runs south through the Namsdalen valley. The extreme northeastern part of the municipality is part of Børgefjell National Park.


All municipalities in Norway, including Namskogan, 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 Namskogan is made up of 13 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[5]

Namskogan Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party NameName in NorwegianNumber of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet6
 Centre PartySenterpartiet3
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti2
 Local ListsLokale lister2
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. Store norske leksikon. "Namsskogan" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  4. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  5. "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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