|• Mayor (2011)||Petter Jørgen Pedersen (Ap)|
|• 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|
|• Rank||323 in Norway|
|• Density||3.3/km2 (9/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-10.9 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1838|
|Official language form||Neutral|
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.
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.
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".
- See also: Coat-of-arms of Jevnaker.
of the Church
|Old Gildeskål Church||Inndyr||1100s|
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.
Buildings and structures
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 .
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