Nesna

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Nesna kommune
Municipality
Nesna peninsula (front), Tomma (middle),Handnesøya (right), Hugla (left)
Nesna peninsula (front), Tomma (middle),
Handnesøya (right), Hugla (left)
Coat of arms of Nesna kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Nesna kommune
Nordland within
Norway
Nesna within Nordland
Nesna within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°15′28″N 13°2′6″E / 66.25778°N 13.03500°E / 66.25778; 13.03500Coordinates: 66°15′28″N 13°2′6″E / 66.25778°N 13.03500°E / 66.25778; 13.03500
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Administrative centre Nesna
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Marit Bye (H)
Area
 • Total 183.13 km2 (70.71 sq mi)
 • Land 181.34 km2 (70.02 sq mi)
 • Water 1.79 km2 (0.69 sq mi)
Area rank 342 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,808
 • Rank 346 in Norway
 • Density 10.0/km2 (26/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -5.5 %
Demonym Nesnaværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1828
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.nesna.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Nesna 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 Nesna. Other villages in Nesna include Handnesneset, Husby, Saura, and Vikholmen.

Map of Nesna municipality

The municipality consists of the three islands Tomma, Hugla (known as "Hugløy" by its inhabitants), and Handnesøya, and one peninsula that bears the name of the municipality, Nesna. The old Husby Estate is headquartered in Husby on Tomma island.

The Coastal Express arrives two times a day at the port of Nesna, the northbound arrives 05:30 and the southbound 11:15. The village of Nesna is also home to Nordland's education center Nesna University College, and there is also the KVN High School, and Nesna Church.

General information[edit]

View of the island of Tomma

Nesna was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The western district of Nesna (population: 1,348) was separated from Nesna on 1 July 1888 to form the new municipality of Dønnes. This left Nesna with 2,958 residents. On 1 January 1919, the Bardalssjøen farm (population: 4) was transferred from Hemnes to Nesna. In 1945, a small area of southern Nesna (population: 26) was transferred to Leirfjord.

On 1 January 1962, part of the island of Løkta (population: 80) was transferred from Nesna to Dønna and part of the island of Tomma (population: 80) was transferred from Dønnes to Nesna. Then on 1 January 1964, the Bardalssjøen area of Nesna, located south of the Ranfjorden, was transferred to Leirfjord. On that same date, the part of Nesna around the inner part of the Sjona fjord was transferred to Rana.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Nesna farm (Old Norse: Nesnar), since the first church was built there. The name is derived from the word nes which means "headland". The name was historically spelled Nesne.[3]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 23 June 1989. The arms are a canting of the name of the municipality because they show a yellow-colored "headland" or peninsula surrounded by blue water (nes is Norwegian for headland).[4]

Churches[edit]

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

Churches in Nesna
Parish
(Sokn)
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Nesna Nesna Church Nesna 1880
Handnesøya Chapel Saura 1969
Husby Chapel Husby 1905

Notable residents[edit]

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. p. 119. 
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Nesna - Kommune i Nordland" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-01-24. 

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