For other uses, see Osen (disambiguation).
Osen kommune

Coat of arms

Sør-Trøndelag within

Osen within Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°17′52″N 10°30′48″E / 64.29778°N 10.51333°E / 64.29778; 10.51333Coordinates: 64°17′52″N 10°30′48″E / 64.29778°N 10.51333°E / 64.29778; 10.51333
Country Norway
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Fosen
Administrative centre Steinsdalen
  Mayor (2007) Jørn Nordmeland (formerly of SV)
  Total 387.48 km2 (149.61 sq mi)
  Land 369.99 km2 (142.85 sq mi)
  Water 17.49 km2 (6.75 sq mi)
Area rank 241 in Norway
Population (2010)
  Total 1,033
  Rank 405 in Norway
  Density 2.8/km2 (7/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -13.5 %
Demonym(s) Osing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1633
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.osen.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

 Osen  is a municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Fosen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Steinsdalen. Osen is one of two Norwegian municipalities that do not have any non-western immigrants as of 1 January 2008.[2]

General information

View of Strand

The municipality of Osen was established on 1 June 1892 when the old municipality of Bjørnør was split into three municipalities. The initial population of Osen was 1,575. The municipal boundaries have not changed since.[3]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Osen farm (Old Norse: Óss), since the first church was built there. The name is identical with the word óss which means "mouth of a river" (here Steinselva). Osen ("the Os") is a later finite form of óss.[4]


Osen was used as a satellite prison camp during the World War Two, mainly for Yugoslavian population.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 27 March 1987, and is a copy of an old petroglyph. The arms show a part of a fishing net placed over the shield. The arms simply indicate the importance of fishing for the community. Several different arms were designed, all with fisheries as the main theme, but the council finally chose this one, which is unique among civic heraldry.[5]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Osen. It is part of the Deanery (prosti) of Fosen and the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Osen
Church NameYear BuiltLocation
of the Church
OsenOsen kirke1877Steinsdalen
Seter kapell1969Seter


Normeland waterfall

The municipality of Osen is located to the north of Roan. The rest of the municipality is surrounded by Nord-Trøndelag county to the north and east. The ocean lies to the west.

Most of the residents live in the Steinsdalen valley or along the coast. The northern part of the municipality has no direct road connection to the rest of the municipality, but is connected to the municipality of Flatanger to the north.

The Kya lighthouse and Buholmråsa lighthouse lie in the ocean in the western part of the municipality.


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. "Tabell 10 Innvandrerbefolkningen, etter vestlig og ikke-vestlig landbakgrunn og kommune" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 1 January 2008.
  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. 3.
  5. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 27 October 2008.

See also

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