Flatanger kommune

Coat of arms

Nord-Trøndelag within

Flatanger within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°25′11″N 10°54′28″E / 64.41972°N 10.90778°E / 64.41972; 10.90778Coordinates: 64°25′11″N 10°54′28″E / 64.41972°N 10.90778°E / 64.41972; 10.90778
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Lauvsnes
  Mayor (2003) Reidar Lindseth (V)
  Total 459.30 km2 (177.34 sq mi)
  Land 434.17 km2 (167.63 sq mi)
  Water 25.13 km2 (9.70 sq mi)
Area rank 219 in Norway
Population (2011)
  Total 1,109
  Rank 390 in Norway
  Density 2.6/km2 (7/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -4.2 %
Demonym(s) Flatangring[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1749
Official language form Neutral
Website www.flatanger.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Flatanger is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lauvsnes. Other villages include Jøssund and Vik.

General information

Flatanger was established as a municipality on 1 January 1871 when it was separated from the large municipality of Fosnes. Initially, Flatanger had 1,472 residents. It is one of the few municipalities in Norway whose boundaries have not changed since it was established.[2]


The municipality is named after the old name for one of the fjords in the area, but it is not known which one. The name is composed of two parts: flat, which probably means "shallow water", and angr, which means "fjord or inlet".[3][4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted in 1990. The arms show three silver chevrons on a green background. The design was chosen to represent the bow of a boat, seen from the front.


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

Churches in Flatanger
Church NameLocation
of the Church
Year Built
FlatangerVik ChurchVik1873
Løvøy ChurchLauvøya1871


View of a small fjord in Flatanger

The municipality consists mostly of mainland, but also includes almost 1,400 islands of various sizes. Some of the major islands include Bjørøya, Lauvøya, Villa, Halmøya, and Kvernøya. Ellingråsa Lighthouse is located on the island of Bjørøya and Villa Lighthouse is on Villa. These islands all lie on the south side of the Folda firth. The Namsenfjorden forms part of the northern boundary of the municipality.


All municipalities in Norway, including Flatanger, 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 Flatanger is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[5]

Flatanger Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party NameName in NorwegianNumber of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet3
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet2
 Conservative PartyHøyre2
 Centre PartySenterpartiet4
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti2
 Liberal PartyVenstre2
Total number of members:15


In the 2007 municipal elections, Flatanger had the highest vote for the Venstre party in all of Norway, at 42.9 per cent.

Rock Climbing

Flatanger is also home to one of the world's hardest rock climbs. Change 9b+/5.15c+ which was first sent by Adam Ondra on the 4th of October 2012.

Famous people from Flatanger


  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. "Flatanger" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  4. Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 344.
  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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