Frosta

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Frosta kommune
Municipality
Frosta seen from Hellan looking towards Trondheim
Frosta seen from Hellan looking towards Trondheim
Coat of arms of Frosta kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Frosta kommune
Trøndelag within
Norway
Frosta within Trøndelag
Frosta within Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°36′14″N 10°46′28″E / 63.60389°N 10.77444°E / 63.60389; 10.77444Coordinates: 63°36′14″N 10°46′28″E / 63.60389°N 10.77444°E / 63.60389; 10.77444
Country Norway
County Trøndelag
Established 1 Jan 1838
Administrative centre Frosta
Government
 • Mayor (2015) Trine Haug (Sp)
Area
 • Total 76.32 km2 (29.47 sq mi)
 • Land 74.28 km2 (28.68 sq mi)
 • Water 2.04 km2 (0.79 sq mi)  2.7%
Area rank #393 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 2,630
 • Rank #285 in Norway
 • Density 35.4/km2 (92/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 6.9%
Demonym(s) Frosting[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
ISO 3166 code NO-5036
Official language form Neutral
Website frosta.kommune.no

Frosta is the smallest municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. The administrative centre is the village of Frosta. The municipality is located along the Trondheimsfjord, on the Frosta peninsula, just north of the city of Trondheim. It also includes the island of Tautra which is connected to the mainland by a causeway bridge.

The 76-square-kilometre (29 sq mi) municipality is the 393rd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Frosta is the 285th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,630. The municipality's population density is 35.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (92/sq mi) and its population has increased by 6.9% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

Frosta was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). It is one of very few municipalities in Norway with unchanged borders since that date.[3] In 2018, the municipality, which was part of the old Nord-Trøndelag county became part of the new Trøndelag county.

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was (also) Frosta. The meaning of the name is unknown. Historically, the name was also spelled Frosten.[4]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms are relatively modern; they were granted on 26 June 1987. The arms show a gold sceptre or mace on a green background. The coat of arms was inspired by the old seal of the medieval Frostating assembly, where King Magnus VI the law-mender is sitting with a lily sceptre in his hand. Frosta was one of the historic places of justice, so this was chosen to commemorate that fact.[5][6]

Churches[edit]

The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Frosta. It is part of the Sør-Innherad prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Frosta
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Frosta Frosta Church Frosta 1866
Logtun Church Logtun 16th century

History[edit]

Tinghaugen, Frostating

Several rock engraving sites can be found in the parish, together with burial mounds from Viking times. Archaeologists have for the first time found the remnants of a Viking harbour (Vikinghavna på Fånestangen) in Norway at Frosta. A number of logs sticking up along the shoreline at Frosta have been dated back to around year 1000.

Norway's oldest court, Frostating, had its seat here at Tinghaugen, close to the mediaeval church at Logtun. On the island of Tautra can be found the remains of Tautra Abbey, a Trappist (Reformed Cistercian) convent, established in 1207.

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Norway, including Frosta, 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. The municipality falls under the Inntrøndelag District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Frosta is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Frosta Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
representatives
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet3
 Conservative PartyHøyre4
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti1
 Centre PartySenterpartiet6
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti1
 Liberal PartyVenstre2
Total number of members:17

Economy[edit]

Agriculture makes up the largest business in Frosta, which is sometimes called "Trondheim's kitchen garden" due to the substantial production of vegetables, strawberries, and flowers.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 62. 
  5. ^ "Nord-Trøndelag fylke" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  7. ^ "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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