is a municipality
in the county
, noted for its characteristic dialect
. To the north it borders on Verdal
, to the west on Stjørdal
and to the south on Selbu
. To the east it borders on Sweden
The administrative centre of Meråker is about 20 km from Storlien in Sweden and 46 km from the center of Stjørdal. The municipality markets itself as a recreational area. The main areas of employment are in industry and agriculture.
Meråker was chartered as a municipality on 1 January 1874 when Øvre Stjørdal municipality was divided into two: Hegra municipality and Meråker. Meråker originally had a population of 1,861 residents.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the farm Meråker ("Mørakre" around 1430), since the first church was built there. The meaning of the first element is uncertain (maybe merr
f 'mare', or mýrr
f 'bog, march'), the last element is akr
m 'field, acre'.
The coat-of-arms is from 1990, and shows a mining wagon. Also see the coat-of-arms of Evje og Hornnes
factory was opened at Kopperå, later this factor was rebuilt as a silicon
smelter. The smelter
was in operation until June 2006. Its main product was microsilica
which is used as an additive to cement
Notable Meråker Residents
Eksternal links (in Norwegian)