Namdalseid is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Namdalseid. Other villages and farm areas in the municipality include Sjøåsen, Statland, Tøttdalen, and Sverkmoen.

Namdalseid kommune
View of the Namdalseid area

Trøndelag within
Namdalseid within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 64°17′21″N 11°10′35″E
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreNamdalseid
  Mayor (2003)Steinar Lyngstad (Sp)
  Total769.63 km2 (297.16 sq mi)
  Land734.68 km2 (283.66 sq mi)
  Water34.95 km2 (13.49 sq mi)  4.5%
Area rank144 in Norway
  Rank348 in Norway
  Density2.2/km2 (6/sq mi)
  Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Eibygg [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5040
Official language formNeutral [2]

The 770-square-kilometre (300 sq mi) municipality is the 144th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Namdalseid is the 348th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,585. The municipality's population density is 2.2 inhabitants per square kilometre (5.7/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 7.7% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information

The parish of Namdalseid was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt), but it was merged into the neighboring municipality of Beitstad on 1 January 1846. On 1 January 1904, the Namdalseid district (population: 1,368) was separated from Beitstad to form a municipality of its own (once again).

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the parts of the neighboring municipality of Otterøy that were located south of the Namsenfjorden (population: 571) were transferred to Namdalseid municipality.[5] On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county.

On 16 June 2016, the municipalities of Fosnes, Namsos, and Namdalseid voted to merge into a new, larger municipality of Namsos on 1 January 2020 as part of a large municipal reform across Norway.[6]


The Old Norse form of the name was just Eið (or Eldueið). The name is identical with the word eið which means the "path/road between two waters" (here the Beitstadfjorden and Namsenfjorden). The Vikings used to drag boats across Namdalseid using the rivers and waterways in the area, to get from one fjord to another without having to risk crossing the treacherous Folda fjord by travelling up the sheltered Trondheimsfjord and continuing north along the coast. The passage was much easier in olden times as the sea level was higher and the waterways more numerous, but as recently as 2004 a boatdrag was done to commemorate the old traditions. Nowadays, however, one has to transport the boats by road for a fairly long stretch. The first element Namdals- was added around 1550. It is the genitive case of the old region name Namdalen.[7]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was granted on 8 December 1989. The arms show green and white clover leaf shapes which represent the history of agriculture in the municipality.[7][8][9]


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

Churches in Namdalseid
Parish (sokn)Church NameLocation of the ChurchYear Built
NamdalseidNamdalseid ChurchNamdalseid1858
StatlandStatland ChurchStatland1992


The municipality borders the municipalities of Flatanger, Roan, and Osen to the west; Namsos to the north; Åfjord and Verran to the southwest; and Steinkjer to the southeast. Lakes in the region include Gilten and Finnvollvatnet. The river Sverka runs through the western part of the municipality. The Namsenfjorden forms most of the northern border.


All municipalities in Norway, including Namdalseid, 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.[10] The municipality falls under the Namdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council

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

Namdalseid Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)12
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:19
Namdalseid Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)10
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:19


Being mainly an agricultural municipality, Namdalseid is struggling with a decline in population, as fewer and fewer people find they can make a living growing crops and raising cattle. Other areas of interest for business are fishing, hunting, and nature. Having one of the best small-salmon (grisle) rivers in Trøndelag, Namdalseid is a haven for fly fishing and attracts many fishermen every year. In addition to fishing many visit Namdalseid to experience the beautiful mountain scenery and to do some hunting.

Namdalseid also has some industry. Hundseth Mølle is one of the largest mills in Norway, Namdal Plast AS is a factory manufacturing fiberglass products, and Pelsberederiet AS is a manufacturer of furs from moose, deer, and other wild animals.


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  4. Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-03-04.
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  6. "Om nye Namsos" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  7. Store norske leksikon. "Namdalseid – kommune i Nord-Trøndelag" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-08-15.
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  9. "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  10. Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
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  12. "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nord-Trøndelag". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
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