Leirfjord

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Leirfjord kommune
Municipality
Angerneset Løkvika.JPG
Coat of arms of Leirfjord kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Leirfjord kommune
Nordland within
Norway
Leirfjord within Nordland
Leirfjord within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°6′46″N 13°7′51″E / 66.11278°N 13.13083°E / 66.11278; 13.13083Coordinates: 66°6′46″N 13°7′51″E / 66.11278°N 13.13083°E / 66.11278; 13.13083
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Administrative centre Leland
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Nils Magnar Johnsen (Sp)
Area
 • Total 465.28 km2 (179.65 sq mi)
 • Land 451.21 km2 (174.21 sq mi)
 • Water 14.07 km2 (5.43 sq mi)
Area rank 216 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,160
 • Rank 322 in Norway
 • Density 4.8/km2 (12/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -2.7 %
Demonym Leirfjording[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1822
Official language form Neutral
Website www.leirfjord.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Leirfjord 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 Leland. Other villages in Leirfjord include Bardalssjøen and Sundøy. The large Helgeland Bridge is partly located in the municipality, connecting it to Alstahaug and the town of Sandnessjøen.

General information[edit]

The municipality of Leirfjord was established on 1 July 1915 when it was separated from the municipality of Stamnes. Initially, the municipality had 2,003 residents. In 1945, a small part of Nesna (population: 45) was merged into Leirfjord. On 1 January 1964, Leirfjord (population: 1,936) was merged with the southern part of Nesna (population: 580) and the parts of Tjøtta on the island of Alsta (population: 180) to form a new, larger municipality of Leirfjord.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality is named after the Leirfjorden. The old name of the fjord was probably just Leiri, derived from the name of the river Leira, which has its mouth in the end of the fjord. The river name is derived from the word leirr which means "clay".[3]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1992). The arms show a green branch cross on a gold background. It symbolizes forestry and agriculture in the municipality. The arms were designed by Jarle E. Henriksen from Sandnessjøen.[4]

Churches[edit]

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

Churches in Leirfjord
Parish
(Sokn)
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Leirfjord Bardal Church Bardalssjøen 1887
Leirfjord Church Leland 1867

Geography[edit]

Panoramic view from Leirfjord

The municipality of Leirfjord is centered around the Leirfjorden, with most of the municipality on the mainland and a small part on the northeastern part of the island of Alsta. The Sundøy Bridge connects the mainland to the northeastern part of the island of Alsta and the Helgeland Bridge connects it to the rest of Alsta and the town of Sandnessjøen. The Ranfjorden runs along the northern part of Leirfjord and the Vefsnfjorden runs along the southern part of the municipality.

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. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Leirfjord" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Leirfjord" (in Norwegian). Leirfjord kommune. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 

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