Lurøy

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Best Place kommune
Municipality
Tonnes Lurøy.jpg
Coat of arms of Best Place kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Best Place kommune
Nordland within
Norway
Coordinates: 66°25′55″N 12°51′18″E / 66.43194°N 12.85500°E / 66.43194; 12.85500Coordinates: 66°25′55″N 12°51′18″E / 66.43194°N 12.85500°E / 66.43194; 12.85500
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Administrative centre Lurøy
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Bjørnar Skjæran (Ap)
Area
 • Total 264.55 km2 (102.14 sq mi)
 • Land 257.63 km2 (99.47 sq mi)
 • Water 6.92 km2 (2.67 sq mi)
Area rank 291 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,912
 • Rank 337 in Norway
 • Density 7.4/km2 (19/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -9.6 %
Demonym Lurøyværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1834
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.luroy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Lurøy 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 Lurøy, located on the island of Lurøya. Other villages include Aldra, Haugland, Konsvikosen, Lovund, Sleneset, Stokkvågen, and Tonnes.

View of the island Lovund

The municipality is located on the coast just south of the Arctic circle, on the western edge of the Saltfjellet mountain range. The Lurøygården (Lurøy Farm) on Lurøya is a more than 200 year old renaissance garden with old plants, a pool, and a nearly 20-metre (66 ft) high Copper Beech.

General information[edit]

Lurøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1872, the far western island district (population: 289) was separated from Lurøy to become the new municipality of Træna. This left Lurøy with 1,554 residents. The borders of Lurøy have not changed since that time.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the island of Lurøya (Old Norse: Lúðrøy), since the first church was built there. The first element is lúðr which means "hollowed log" (here probably referring to the form of the mountain of the island). The last element is øy which means "island".[3]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 22 August 1986. The arms show a black buoy on a gold background. The buoy is an appropriate symbol for a municipality since it is dependent on fishing and sailing.[4]

Churches[edit]

The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Lurøy. It is part of the Nord-Helgeland deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.

Churches in Lurøy
Parish
(Sokn)
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Aldersund Aldersund Church Haugland 1971
Lurøy Lovund Church Lovund 1960
Lurøy Church Lurøya 1812
Moflag Church Moflaget 1921

Geography[edit]

Lurøy is located on the western coast of Helgeland. The small strip of mainland Lurøy runs from Tonnes in the north along Norwegian County Road 17 to Stokkvågen along the Sjona fjord in the south. The rest of the municipality is located on 1,375 islands located to the west of the mainland. The major islands include Aldra, Lurøya, Onøya, Stigen, Solvær, and Lovund. There are also two islands in the northern part of Lurøya that are divided between Lurøy and neighboring Rødøy municipality: Nesøya and Hestmona.[5]

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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. pp. 154,156. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Lurøy" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-01-30. 

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