Røyrvik kommune
Raarvihken tjïelte

View of the village of Røyrvik

Coat of arms

Nord-Trøndelag within

Røyrvik within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°55′15″N 13°39′3″E / 64.92083°N 13.65083°E / 64.92083; 13.65083Coordinates: 64°55′15″N 13°39′3″E / 64.92083°N 13.65083°E / 64.92083; 13.65083
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Røyrvik
  Mayor (2007) Morten Magnar Namsvatn (KrF)
  Total 1,584.76 km2 (611.88 sq mi)
  Land 1,332.40 km2 (514.44 sq mi)
  Water 252.36 km2 (97.44 sq mi)
Area rank 44 in Norway
Population (2011)
  Total 499
  Rank 426 in Norway
  Density 0.4/km2 (1/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -14.1 %
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1739
Official language form Neutral
Website www.royrvik.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Røyrvik (Southern Sami: Raarvihke) is a village and municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Røyrvik. The area has always had a strong Sami influence.

The 0.39-square-kilometre (96-acre) village of Røyrvik sits in the central part of the municipality and serves as the administrative center of the municipality. The village of Røyrvik has a population (2013) of 231, which gives it a population density of 592 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,530/sq mi).[1]

Map of Røyrvik municipality

General information

The municipality of Røyrvik was established on 1 July 1923 when it was separated from the municipality of Grong. Initially, the population was 392. The municipal boundaries have not since changed.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Røyrvik farm (historically: Røirviken), since the first church, Røyrvik Church, was built there (in 1828). The first element is røyr which means Arctic char and the last element is vik which means "inlet".[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 13 December 1985. The arms show a silver cross design on a blue background. This design is a common decoration on the pottery, hand-made articles, and traditional pewter embroidery found in the area. These objects were made by the ancestors of the Southern Sámi people presently living in the area. The crosses probably indicate the four points of the compass.[4]


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

Churches in Røyrvik
Church NameLocation
of the Church
Year Built
RøyrvikRøyrvik ChurchRøyrvik1828


Forest, lakes and mountains in Røyrvik

The area is covered with many large lakes such as Limingen, the 9th largest in Norway. Other lakes include Jengelvatnet, Namsvatnet, Ovrejaevrie, Storgollomsvatnet, Tunnsjøen, and Tunnsjøflyan. The river Namsen begins in the lake Namsvatnet.

The mountainous areas also offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities. The highest mountain is the 1,513-metre (4,964 ft) tall Jetnamsklumpen, located inside Børgefjell National Park.


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

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


From 1911 until World War I, mining explorations were conducted in the Gjersvik areas. The modern Grong Gruber mines were active in the Joma area from 1972 until 1998. Farming and reindeer husbandry have always been a source of income in the area. The mining buildings now house various small industrial firms.

A few efforts to create new business include electronics assembly and electronic document management. A small alpine ski resort (Skisenteret) was started in 1986.


  1. Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.".
  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 (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 299.
  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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