Lovund

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Lovund
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Lovund with Træna in the background
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Location in Nordland
Geography
Location Nordland, Norway
Coordinates 66°21′57″N 12°21′34″E / 66.3657°N 12.3595°E / 66.3657; 12.3595Coordinates: 66°21′57″N 12°21′34″E / 66.3657°N 12.3595°E / 66.3657; 12.3595
Area 4.9 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Length 3 km (1.9 mi)
Width 2.5 km (1.55 mi)
Highest elevation 623 m (2,044 ft)
Highest point Lovundfjellet
Norway
County Nordland
Municipality Lurøy
Demographics
Population 420 (as of 2013)
Density 933 /km2 (2,416 /sq mi)

Lovund is an island and village in the municipality of Lurøy in Nordland county, Norway. The island is located west of the Solvær islands and southeast of Træna. Lovund is notable for the large Puffin breeding colony located on the rocky north slope of the island.[1]

The village of Lovund (sometimes called Strand) is located in the northeastern part of the island. The 0.45-square-kilometre (110-acre) village has a population (2013) of 426. The population density is 933 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,420/sq mi).[2] Lovund Church, located in the village, serves the people of the island.

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name might have been Laufund. The first element is then lauf which means "leaf" or "broad-leaved trees", referring to the fact that the western part of the island is covered with a forest. The last element is the suffix -und (see Borgund).

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