Welcome to Steinkjer

Welcome to this vibrant city surrounded by a dynamic rural community! 

Steinkjer has been cited as one of the best reconstructed cities in Norway.  Set in amongst contemporary architecture you will find cafes, small specialty shops and a large shopping center. Take a tour of the church (Steinkjer kirke) in the city’s central square to admire the new stained-glass windows, created by one of the city’s greatest sons, Jacob Weidemann.

In the city center, you will also find the Dampsaga Cultural Center (Dampsaga Kulturhus), cinema, theater and swimming pools. Guldbergaunet Sports Park is located nearby. The surrounding countryside and small villages are full of impressive history and magnificent cultural landscape.

The phrase “welcoming, bright and glad” (“åpen, lys og glad”) was first used to describe the surrounding area, tended by farmers who have been able to learn from the past and look towards the future. These words, “welcoming, bright and glad” (“åpen, lys og glad”), have become a motto that Steinkjer continuously has strived to uphold.



Anne Berit Lein                                                                     Torunn Austheim
Mayor                                                                                 Administrative Director


Steinkjer’s Historic Roots

People have lived in Steinkjer for over 6000 years with excellent living conditions. It was that quality of life that caught the attention of the Viking king in the 1000’s and demanded that all the local chiefs should submit under his authority. However, the local chiefs resisted and Steinkjer played an important role in Norway’s unification. In fact, it was Kalv Arneson from Egge who led the farmers’ army that overthrew the Viking king Olav Haraldson in 1030.

Over the years, Steinkjer has also fostered many famous and forward thinking women. Henrik Ibsen’s Nora from “The Doll’s House” based on Laura, a real woman from Lø farm. Fredrikke Marie Qvam started the Norske kvinners sanitetsforening (Norwegian Women’s Volunteer Group) and was a great advocate for women’s suffrage (the right to vote) in Norway.

After Steinkjer was bombed and left in ruins during the invasion in 1940, the city was rebuilt in contemporary style. It became a vivid memory of a dramatic period in Norway’s history. Today, Steinkjer is considered as one of the best-preserved reconstructed cities in Norway and is recognized as a thriving place with festivals, café life, small shops and a large downtown center.

Steinkjer is one of the country’s largest agricultural communities. Active and optimistic farmers make the municipality (kommune) a model for Norwegian agriculture.

Do you want to feel how it is to stand in the CENTER OF NORWAY? Statens kartverk (cartography department) had found Norway’s exact center, and it lies between Vakkerlifjellet and Skjækervatnet in Steinkjer municipality (kommune).


Want to know more about Steinkjer? See “Steinkjerprofilen” (Steinkjer’s profile) on the municipality’s website.

Steinkjer Facts

  • The city was founded in 1857
  • People have lived in the area for about 6000 years
  • The population is approximately 22,000
  • The area is 1564,2 km2       
  • Mayor: Bjørn Arild Gram (Sp - Senterpartiet)

Steinkjer is the county capital. Here you will find offices for the police and court authorities as well as the county governor in Nord-Trøndelag, regional government offices (fylkeskommune), and northern university. The National Center for Rural Development (Nasjonalt kompetansesenter for distriktsutvikling), Trøndelag Research and Development (Trøndelag forsikning og utvikling / TFoU) and the Science Park is also situated within the municipality (kommune).

Steinkjer is Norway’s second largest agricultural community and is a major shopping area for Nord-Trøndelag.

Many progressive industries are located in the municipality (kommune), including NTE (Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk), Inn-Tre, Nortura, Skanska husfabrikk and Norsk Transformator. If you are thinking about starting your own company, the Steinkjer Næringsselskap (business support, information and advice) can help you.

Some significant distances:

  • 88 kilometers from the airport
  • 120 kilometers from Trondheim
  • 250 kilometers from Østersund in Sweden
  • 601 kilometers from Bodø

Want more information about the business sector in Steinkjer? Check out business support websites: www.steinkjer.net

Children in Steinkjer

The municipality (kommune) wants to welcome every newborn resident of Steinkjer. Health centers are open for anyone who needs assistance from health personnel.

The municipality (kommune) wants Steinkjer to be a good place to raise children. With different needs, families can contact Familiens hus in City Hall (Rådhuset) where you meet representatives from psycho-and-occupational therapy for children and adolescent, family planning team, health centers, child welfare, PPT (Pedagogisk Psychologic Tjeneste) and midwife.

When the time comes to reserve a place in a preschool childcare center (barnehage), there are plenty of possibilities available around the municipality (kommune).  

Steinkjer has full preschool childcare center (barnehage) coverage, though it will maybe have some time waiting for those who wish to apply outside enrollment in March. With that, open preschool childcare center (barnehage) will be a good option where parents/caregivers can take kids and meet others.

There is a wide range of educational services and schools in most of the rural centers.

In Steinkjer, there is a special focus on reading development. School staff works systematically along with the students and their parents to develop the students reading skills.

There are also many activities for children in Steinkjer during free time. A huge selection of activities in the library (bibliotek), movie theater and culture center. 

The Culture School offers various courses. In addition, they also offer private lesson for music and dancing.

Dampasaga Bad is a popular facility with several swimming pools suitable for all ages. Children who likes sports and outdoor activities have the opportunity to find what suits their interest.

Egge Museum offers exciting activities for the family throughout summer and winter.


Want to read more about schools and kindergartens in Steinkjer?  School  and kindergarten



Young People in Steinkjer

Right in the city center, located in Community Service Building (Samfunnshuset), you will find HUZE, a gathering place for youth. HUZE have several rooms available to explore and to engage in various cultural activities like music, theater, dance or video production… it's up to you! HUZE also runs the Youth Culture Gathering (UKM), organizes Steinkjer’s Youth Film Festival (STUFF) and is well connected to an international network. HUZE rents a wide range of equipment for home use, for festivals or events around the area.

Music, films and internet access, as well as books and magazines are available at the library (biblioteket). The municipality’s (kommunes) three-screen movie theater always offer a wide movie selections.

Would you like to improve your music or dance skills? Then sign up for a class at the Culture School. Are you more interested in sports? Then check out the municipality’s (kommunes) list of clubs and groups (“lag og foreninger”). You will most likely find sports facilities, a band, a choir or a theater group in the community where you live. Swimming is available at the Dampsaga bad, Bystranda (city beach) or at the nearby beaches along the fjord.

The two secondary schools (ungdomskoler) in the municipality (kommune) draw students from local elementary schools. The private Steinkjer Montessori has both elementary and secondary school grades.

Steinkjer high school (videregående skole) and the agricultural high school (landbruksskolen) in Mære offer a variety of courses.

Each school has a school health service (skolehelsetjeneste). The health station for youth is located at the municipality hall (Rådhuset), and is open for a couple of afternoons in a week.


Want to know more about what's happening around Community Service Building (Samfunnshuset)? Check out ungdomstjenesten


Seniors in Steinkjer

Steinkjer has many opportunities to offer for retired adults and seniors. This includes hiking opportunities in the surrounding area. There are group and club activities as well as regularly scheduled events like senior movies and senior quiz at the culture house. There is a large activity center in Steinkjer as well as in the villages with many different courses. The municipality (kommune) also offers cultural experiences for seniors through “The Cultural Walking Stick” (“Den kulturelle spaserstokken”). Resource center for seniors offer group trainings and other activities for over 65 years old.

If you no longer wish to make your own dinner, the municipality’s (kommunes) central kitchen can deliver a good and nutritious meal right into your home.

If you need help in daily tasks, the municipality (kommune) has various offers. Contact forvaltningskontoret (housing and allocating office) to know what is available to meet your specific needs and applicable regulations.

The municipality (kommune) has three nursing homes, several senior care centers, care facilities, homes for those with special needs and DMS (Distrikts Medical Center).

Customer survey shows that residents have been very satisfied with the services offered by the municipality (kommune). These services includes home care, home medical care, user-controlled personal assistant, a long-time and short-term stays in nursing homes, short stays at senior centers, relief stays and sheltered.

You can contact a physiotherapist and occupational therapists through the Rehabilitation Center. They offer day and short-term stays for those who need it.

Housing and allocation office: telephone 74 16 90 00, tildelingskontoret@steinkjer.kommune.no


Want to know more about the municipality’s (kommunes) services for elderly and needy? Check out omsorg.


High Quality Water and Sanitation System

Have you drunk ISO certified water previously – or used a satellite assisted garbage service? In Steinkjer, you can experience both!

The municipality’s (kommunes) drinking water has already been ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified for several years. That means the water supply adheres to international environmental and quality standards – which ensures clean and safe drinking water.

The waste management also has quality and environmental friendly sanitation systems with ISO certification, which shows that Steinkjer takes the environment seriously. In municipal recycling center, you can deliver most types of waste from household, where most of the waste is recycled. Clean and sorted fractions can be disposed at no charge. For mixed fractions, there are other process schemes. In Raubua on Trana Marka, you can deliver usable things that others can use further. Here it is possible to buy a bit of everything at a low price, such as kitchen and garden equipment, furniture, books and various other equipment.


Want to know more about waste management in Steinkjer? Check out renovasjon


Healthy Lifestyle and Good Health

When you need assistance from a doctor, you can get immediate service in Steinkjer. The municipality (kommune) has good medical coverage and the waiting period for your family doctor is rarely long.

If you need immediate help or need help outside regular office hours, you can contact the Emergency medical hotline (legevakt) or 24-hour service at 116117.

If you need someone to talk, the municipality's (kommunes) psychiatric nurses through NAV can be of help. In Steinkjer, DMS (Distrikts Medical Center) is equipped with radiology, orthopedic outpatient clinic and dialysis. It is also not far to the nearest hospital. The county's two hospitals, Namsos and Levanger are both within an hour drive from Steinkjer center. To ensure coordination of rehabilitation, the municipality (kommune) has established coordinating unit in accordance with the interaction reform intentions. More information is found at municipality's (kommunes) website. The municipality wants to facilitate a better health for the people of Steinkjer through prevention and health promotion measures in all areas. Teams and organizations are contributing to great activities in local communities, and there are several affordable low threshold activities. Follow it over at the municipality's (kommune) website.

Steinkjer is a bicycle town. So why not get to know the attractions by bike? A drawn map with 10 nice places for cycling in Steinkjer and the region nearby are available to explore.


Want more information about the municipal health services? Check out helse.


Leisure in Steinkjer

Steinkjer municipality (kommune) has a natural beauty that goes from fjord (an inland saltwater sea) to fjell (mountain). So it is easy to find your way to swimming places, hiking and ski trails, spots to pick Molte (Cloudberries) and forests full of mushrooms. Almost everywhere you go in nature, you will discover a link to cultural history (i.e. rock carvings, cemeteries, rural fortresses or the ruins of old houses). Just keep your eyes open!

If you want to participate in organized recreational activities, you can choose from many options. The municipality (kommune) is known for excellent track & field, good facilities for ball sports and winter sports. You can borrow the sports and leisure equipment at no charge at BUA Steinkjer Ogndalsvegen. There are many active choirs, bands, good theater, dance groups and various humanitarian organizations.

The municipality (kommune) has a well-developed library (bibliotek). In addition, you can visit Dampsaga Cultural Center that houses a cinema, theater and performing arts and Dampsaga Swimming Complex, which houses a swimming pool, saunas and a fitness center. There are also several fitness centers in the city.

Are you interested in art? You can join both male club and art society. Take a walk around the center and you will notice the nuances of this reconstructed city and a variety of sculptures.

Steinkjer is also a festival city. Every year in June, you can experience the Steinkjer Festival with a focus on pop, rock and art exhibitions as well as “Det Store kaffeslabberaset” (a place to socialize with the locals). While in July, the Viking Festival is arranged for both young and adult. Moreover, highlighting the traditional music as part of the Hilmar Alexandersen Folkmusic Festival in November.


If you would like to know more about what’s happening in Steinkjer, go to the activity calendar (“Aktivitetskalenderen”) on the municipality’s (kommunes) website: www.steinkjer.kommune.no


A place you can live

In Steinkjer, you have many choices of places to live. Here you can find good and affordable with either existing housing units or residential plots to build on.

In the recent years, many housing units were built. Mostly are apartments however, single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums are also available.

Steinkjer is a large extensive municipality (kommune) with many smaller community centers in nearby villages. There are many plots of land both in Steinkjer’s center and in suburban neighborhood that have been designated for housing and are available at an affordable price. The municipality (kommune) is also open for building housing in rural districts.

Steinkjer center is facilitated for compact construction. There is also a various offer of land in housing estates.

Do you wish to stay in the center? Several private builders are also establishing modern housing blocks with attractive location near terrain or by the sea. The municipality also has apartments for the disadvantaged to hire. Please contact the Housing office (Boligkontoret) for any questions.


Useful contact information

The municipality’s (kommunes) service office (Servicetorget) is on the first floor of City Hall (Rådhuset). 

The telephone number to the central switchboard is 74 16 90 00.


For more information: info@steinkjer.kommune.no

Sakspost (general inquiry): postmottak@steinkjer.kommune.no

Municipality’s (kommunes) website: www.steinkjer.kommune.no

Municipality’s (kommunes) Facebook page: www.facebook.com/steinkjerkommune/

The municipality’s service office is open Monday – Friday from 08:00 – 15:30

Mailing address: Steinkjer kommune, serviceboks 2530, 7729 Steinkjer


Steinkjerbygg AS (Construction services) has its own office in the 6th floor at the City Hall (Rådhuset).  The telephone number is 74 19 40 00.

NAV (The Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration) has its own entrance on the south side of the City Hall (Rådhuset).  
Their telephone number is 55 55 33 33 and postal address: NAV, postboks 2530, 7729 Steinkjer. 
NAV can also help with financial counseling. More information can be found on NAV’s own homepage, www.nav.no.

On the municipality's (kommunens) website, the information is made available for your convenience (including kindergarten search and water sampling enrollment)


Web information on Steinkjer Municipality (Kommune)

More information about services provided by Steinkjer municipality (kommune) can be found on the website.  Access is available 24 hours a day. You can apply for a place in a preschool childcare center (barnehage) online, also apply for job openings, obtain building permits, and send in your water meter readings. You can give feedback about general road conditions at GataMi (My Street) and can follow the progress of administration. The municipality’s (kommunes) city council meetings are also posted online and you are welcome to send in your opinions on specific issues.

In addition, you can follow the municipality (kommune) on facebook and on daytime (Monday – Friday), you can have a dialogue with us through chat.


Here you can find the Tourist Information Office and many pictures and information: Visitinnherred

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