Gildeskål

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Gildeskål kommune
Municipality
View of Inndyr
View of Inndyr
Coat of arms of Gildeskål kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Gildeskål kommune
Nordland within
Norway
Gildeskål within Nordland
Gildeskål within Nordland
Coordinates: 67°1′24″N 14°4′38″E / 67.02333°N 14.07722°E / 67.02333; 14.07722Coordinates: 67°1′24″N 14°4′38″E / 67.02333°N 14.07722°E / 67.02333; 14.07722
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Salten
Administrative centre Inndyr
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Petter Jørgen Pedersen (Ap)
Area
 • Total 661.83 km2 (255.53 sq mi)
 • Land 619.09 km2 (239.03 sq mi)
 • Water 42.74 km2 (16.50 sq mi)
Area rank 167 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,020
 • Rank 323 in Norway
 • Density 3.3/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -10.9 %
Demonym Gildeskålfjerding
Gildeskålværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1838
Official language form Neutral
Website www.gildeskal.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Gildeskål is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Bodø Region and the traditional district of Salten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Inndyr. Other villages include Forstranda, Lekanger, Mevik, Mårnes, Nygårdsjøen, Saura, Storvika, Sørarnøya, Sørfinnset, and Våg.

General information[edit]

Sørfugløy (South bird island)

The municipality of Gildeskaal (later spelled Gildeskål) was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

In 1853, the eastern district of Gildeskaal (population: about 1,150) was separated to become the new municipality of Beiarn. This left Gildeskaal with about 2,400 residents. The municipal boundaries have not changed since.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Gildeskaal farm (Old Norse: Gildaskáli), since the first church was built there (Old Gildeskål Church. The first element is the plural genitive case of gildi which means "feast" or "banquet" and the last element is skáli which means "hall".[3][4]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1988). The arms show a silver cup on a blue background. The arms are canting since the meaning of the name Gildeskål refers to a banquet hall.[4]

See also: Coat-of-arms of Jevnaker.

Churches[edit]

The 900-year-old Old Gildeskål Church

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

Churches in Gildeskål
Parish
(Sokn)
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Gildeskål Gildeskål Church Inndyr 1881
Old Gildeskål Church Inndyr 1100s
Saura Church Saura 1884
Mevik Chapel Mevik 1910
Nordstranda Chapel Lekanger 1963
Sørfjorden Chapel Sørfinnset 1957

Geography[edit]

View from Sandhornøya, in Gildeskål

Gildeskål is a coastal municipality that encompasses part of the mainland as well as many islands. Major islands include Fleinvær, Fugløya, Nordarnøya, Sandhornøya, and Sørarnøya. The southern part of the municipality includes part of the Saltfjellet mountains and the northern part of the municipality borders the Saltfjorden and the Vestfjorden.

There are many lakes in the municipality including: Fellvatnet, Langvatnet, Litle Sokumvatnet, and Sokumvatnet.

Buildings and structures[edit]

Sandhornøy Bridge connects the island of Sandhornøya to the mainland.

There is a VLF-transmitter in Gildeskål that is used for sending messages to submerged submarines (call sign: JXN, frequency: 16.4 kHz). It uses as antenna multiple wires spun between two mountains (photo). The transmitter building is located at 66°58′58″N 13°52′23″E / 66.98278°N 13.87306°E / 66.98278; 13.87306 (JXN transmitter).

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. 182. 
  4. ^ a b "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Gildeskål kommune. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 

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