Flakstad

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Flakstad kommune
Municipality
Flakstad (Lofoten).jpg
Coat of arms of Flakstad kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Flakstad kommune
Nordland within
Norway
Flakstad within Nordland
Flakstad within Nordland
Coordinates: 68°4′45″N 13°16′28″E / 68.07917°N 13.27444°E / 68.07917; 13.27444Coordinates: 68°4′45″N 13°16′28″E / 68.07917°N 13.27444°E / 68.07917; 13.27444
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Lofoten
Administrative centre Ramberg
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Stein Iversen (Distrikstliste)
Area
 • Total 178.14 km2 (68.78 sq mi)
 • Land 168.81 km2 (65.18 sq mi)
 • Water 9.33 km2 (3.60 sq mi)
Area rank 345 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,383
 • Rank 370 in Norway
 • Density 8.2/km2 (21/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -10.2 %
Demonym Flakstadfjerding[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1859
Official language form Neutral
Website www.flakstad.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Flakstad is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Lofoten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ramberg. Other villages include Fredvang and Vareid.

Nusfjord is a small harbor with traditional rorbus.
Flakstad church
Skagsanden beach, Flakstad

The municipality is located in the Lofoten Islands and comprises the island of Flakstadøya and the northern part of the island of Moskenesøya. The European route E10 highway runs across the whole municipality.

General information[edit]

The municipality of Flakstad was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1916, the southern part of the municipality (population: 1,306) was separated to form the new municipality of Moskenes. This left Flakstad with 1,667 residents.

On 1 January 1964 during a period of municipal mergers, Moskenes (population: 2,001) and Flakstad (population: 2,067) were merged back together. This merger only lasted for twelve years. On 1 January 1976, Moskenes (population: 1,705) and Flakstad (population: 2,007) were divided once again.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Flakstad farm (Norse Flakstaðir), since the first church (Flakstad Church) was built there. Historically, the name was spelled "Flagstad". The first element could be a Norse nickname (flak meaning "reckless") or it could come from the word flag meaning "rock wall", possibly referring to the large cliff near the church site. The last element is staðir which means "homestead" or "farm".[3][4]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1989). The arms show a white fastening device used on boats on a blue background. The fastening device was chosen as a symbol for the community's seafaring history.[5]

Churches[edit]

The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Flakstad. It is part of the Lofoten deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.

Churches in Flakstad
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Flakstad Flakstad Church Flakstad 1780

Economy[edit]

The municipality's economy is dominated by fishing. The fishing fleet mainly consists of small boats. There are also several fish farm in Flakstad. There is some agriculture in Flakstad, but mostly cattle and sheep farming rather than growing crops.[4]

Geography[edit]

Located near the southern end of the Lofoten archipelago, Flakstad comprises all of the island of Flakstadøya and the northern part of the island of Moskenesøya. The islands are connected by the Fredvang Bridges and the Kåkern Bridge. The large lake Solbjørnvatnet lies on the northern part of Moskenesøya in Flakstad.

The municipality of Vestvågøy lies to the northeast, the Vestfjorden lies to the southeast, the municipality of Moskenes lies to the southwest, and the Norwegian Sea lies to the northwest.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ramberg, Flakstad
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.3
(31.5)
−0.5
(31.1)
0.2
(32.4)
2.3
(36.1)
6.3
(43.3)
9.5
(49.1)
11.9
(53.4)
12.0
(53.6)
8.8
(47.8)
5.8
(42.4)
2.6
(36.7)
0.5
(32.9)
4.9
(40.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 175
(6.89)
144
(5.67)
126
(4.96)
95
(3.74)
60
(2.36)
61
(2.4)
85
(3.35)
91
(3.58)
155
(6.1)
218
(8.58)
175
(6.89)
195
(7.68)
1,580
(62.2)
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 347. 
  4. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Flakstad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Flakstad kommune. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  6. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 

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