Verran kommune
View from Malm at sunset
View from Malm at sunset
Official logo of Verran kommune
Trøndelag within
Verran within Trøndelag
Verran within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°01′27″N 10°58′44″E / 64.02417°N 10.97889°E / 64.02417; 10.97889Coordinates: 64°01′27″N 10°58′44″E / 64.02417°N 10.97889°E / 64.02417; 10.97889
Established1 Jan 1901
Disestablished1 Jan 2020
Administrative centreMalm
 • Mayor (2015-2019)Anders Lindstrøm (Ap)
 • Total601.66 km2 (232.30 sq mi)
 • Land558.15 km2 (215.50 sq mi)
 • Water43.51 km2 (16.80 sq mi)  7.2%
Area rank185 in Norway
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
 • Total2,473
 • Rank294 in Norway
 • Density4.4/km2 (11/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)verrabygg [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5039
Official language formNeutral [2]
Preceded byMosvik og Verran in 1901
Succeeded bySteinkjer and Indre Fosen in 2020

Verran is a former municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. The municipality existed from 1901 until its dissolution in 2020 when it was divided between Steinkjer Municipality and Indre Fosen Municipality. It was part of the Innherred region. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Malm. Other villages in Verran included Follafoss, Sela, Verrabotn, and Verrastranda.

At the time of its dissolution in 2020, the 602-square-kilometre (232 sq mi) municipality was the 185th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Verran was the 294th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,473. The municipality's population density was 4.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (11/sq mi) and its population had decreased by 16.1% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Verran was established on 1 January 1901 when the old municipality of Mosvik og Verran was divided into two new municipalities: Mosvik (population: 969) and Verran (population: 1,456). During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the neighboring municipalities of Malm (population: 2,975) to the north and Verran (population: 1,803) to the south were merged to form a new municipality of Verran. After the merger, there were 4,778 residents in Verran. On 1 January 1968, the Framverran area on the south side of the Verrasundet fjord (population: 395) was transferred from Verran to the neighboring municipality of Mosvik.[5]

On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.

On 1 January 2020 the municipality of Verran was merged with the neighboring municipality of Steinkjer to form a new, larger Steinkjer Municipality.[6] Also on that date, the Verrabotn area in southwestern Verran was merged with the neighboring municipality of Indre Fosen (instead of merging with Steinkjer like the rest of Verran).[7]


The municipality is named after the Verrasundet fjord (Old Norse: Veri), which is an arm of the great Trondheimsfjord. The meaning of the old name is probably "the quiet one" or "the fjord with still water".[8]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 11 September 1987. The arms show a blue background with a silver verranjekt, a type of boat that is common in the area.[9][10]


The Church of Norway had two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Verran. It is part of the Nord-Innherad prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Verran
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Malm Malm Church Malm 1885
Sela Church Sela 1997
Verran Fines Church Verrabotn 1913
Follafoss Church Follafoss 1954


Verran bordered the municipalities of Åfjord to the west, Indre Fosen to the south, Inderøy to the southeast, Steinkjer to the east, and Namdalseid to the north. Verran encompasses the western coastline of the Beitstadfjord, an arm of the Trondheimsfjord. There are three large lakes in Verran: Ormsetvatnet, Selavatnet, and Holden. The river Follaelva runs through the municipality, emptying into the Trondheimsfjord at Follafoss.


All municipalities in Norway, including Verran, 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.[11] The municipality falls under the Inntrøndelag District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Verran is made up of 19 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the final municipal council was as follows:

Verran Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:19
Verran Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
Total number of members:19


Forestry is an important industry in Verran. There is also a paper mill in Follafoss that is a large factory. The paper mill is owned by Södra Cell Folla.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ "Bakgrunn" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  7. ^ "Fylkesmannens tilrådning av grensejustering Verrabotn-Verran og IndreFosen kommune" (PDF). Fylkesmannen i Trøndelag. 2018-07-03. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  8. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt ( (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 168.
  9. ^ "Nord-Trøndelag fylke" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  10. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  11. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  12. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  13. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nord-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.

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