De syv søstre mountains seen from Herøy
Herøy within Nordland
|• Mayor (2003)||Arnt Frode Jensen (Ap)|
|• Total||64.84 km2 (25.03 sq mi)|
|• Land||64.22 km2 (24.80 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.62 km2 (0.24 sq mi)|
|Area rank||412 in Norway|
|• Rank||353 in Norway|
|• Density||25.7/km2 (67/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-12.0 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1818|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Herøy is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Silvalen. The municipality is located about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of the town of Sandnessjøen.
The municipality of Herøy was established in 1864 when it was separated from Alstahaug. Initially the population of Herøy was 2,438. On 1 July 1917, the northern district of Herøy (population: 1,530) was separated from Herøy to become the new municipality of Nordvik. This left Herøy with 2,555 residents. On 1 January 1962, the part of Herøy on the island of Dønna (population: 19) was transferred to the new municipality of Dønna. On 1 January 1965, the Husvær/Sandværet island groups (population: 461) were transferred from Alstahaug to Herøy.
The municipality is named after the islands of Søndre Herøya and Nordre Herøya (Old Norse: Herøyjar). The first element is herr which means "army" (here in the sense of skipaherr which means "military fleet") and the last element is the definite form of øy which means "island". The sound between the islands was probably a meeting place for the Leidang fleet of the district. Historically, the name was spelled Herø.
The coat of arms is from modern times; it was granted on 3 July 1987. The arms show three gold-colored oars on a blue background. They symbolize the history of boating in the island municipality, and it also a canting of the name of the municipality which means a place where a fleet gathers.
of the Church
The municipality of Herøy consists of about 1700 of little islands and islets. The main islands are Nord-Herøy, Sør-Herøy, Tenna, Ytre Øksingan, Indre Øksningan, Seløya, and Staulen— all of which are connected by bridges including Åkviksundet Bridge, Hoholmen Bridge, Kalvøyrevet Bridge. Most islands are low and close to the sea surface.
The main industries in the municipality is fishing, fish farming and processing activities associated with this. Other important industries are agriculture, transportation, service industries, and tourism.
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