Beiarn

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Beiarn kommune
Hoegtind Beiarn 01.jpg
Official logo of Beiarn kommune
Nordland within
Norway
Beiarn within Nordland
Beiarn within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°55′02″N 14°40′29″E / 66.91722°N 14.67472°E / 66.91722; 14.67472Coordinates: 66°55′02″N 14°40′29″E / 66.91722°N 14.67472°E / 66.91722; 14.67472
CountryNorway
CountyNordland
DistrictSalten
Established1853
Administrative centreMoldjord
Government
 • Mayor (2011)Monika Sande (Sp)
Area
 • Total1,222.32 km2 (471.94 sq mi)
 • Land1,178.74 km2 (455.11 sq mi)
 • Water43.58 km2 (16.83 sq mi)  3.6%
Area rank88 in Norway
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,017
 • Rank333 in Norway
 • Density0.9/km2 (2/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
−8.7%
Demonym(s)beiarværing[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1839
Official language formBokmål[2]
Websitebeiarn.kommune.no

Beiarn is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Salten. Beiarn is also a part of the Bodø Region, a statistical metropolitan region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Moldjord. Other villages in Beiarn are Høyforsmoen, Trones, and Tverrvika.

The 1,222-square-kilometre (472 sq mi) municipality is the 88th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Beiarn is the 333rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,017. The municipality's population density is 0.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (2.3/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 8.7% over the previous 10-year period.[3][4]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Beiarn was established in 1853 when it was separated from the large municipality of Gildeskål. Initially, Beiarn had 1,164 residents. The municipal boundaries have not changed since that time.[5]

Name[edit]

The municipality is named after Beiar Fjord (Old Norse: Beðir or Beðinn). The meaning of the name is not definitively known, but it may be related to the English word bed in the sense of a "river bed". The name was historically spelled Beieren.[6]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted in 1988. The arms show a gold-colored pine tree on a green background. This was chosen because of the mighty pine forests for which Beiarn has historically been well-known.[7][8][9]

Churches[edit]

The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Beiarn. It is part of the Salten prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.

Churches in Beiarn
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Beiarn Beiarn Church Moldjord 1873
Høyforsmoen Chapel Høyforsmoen 1957

A privately owned stave church was built in 2006 at Savjord, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east of Moldjord. The Savjord Stave Church was modeled after the Gol Stave Church.

Geography[edit]

Tellingen mountain in February

The municipality of Beiarn is located just north of the Arctic Circle, along the Beiar River including the Beiar Valley and some surrounding areas in the Saltfjellet mountains. The river is one of the best salmon rivers in Northern Norway. There are several large lakes in Beiarn including Arstaddalsdammen, Litle Sokumvatnet, and Ramsgjelvatnet.

The Saltfjellet–Svartisen National Park is partially located in Beiarn. The world's most northern naturally occurring elm forest (Ulmus glabra) grows in the Arstadlia nature reserve, where the rich vegetation also includes orchids.[10]

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Norway, including Beiarn, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.[11] The municipality falls under the Salten District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Beiarn is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Beiarn Kommunestyre 2020–2023 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)9
 Beiarn Local List (Beiarn Bygdeliste)3
Total number of members:15
Beiarn Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Beiarn Local List (Beiarn Bygdeliste)4
Total number of members:15
Beiarn Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Beiarn Local List (Beiarn Bygdeliste)4
Total number of members:15
Beiarn Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Beiarn local list (Beiarn bygdeliste)8
Total number of members:15
Beiarn Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Beiarn local list (Beiarn Bygdeliste)4
 Rural development list (Bygdeutviklingslista)2
Total number of members:15
Beiarn Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Beiarn local list (Beiarn bygdeliste)3
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
8
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
7
 Local people's list (Bygdefolkets liste)1
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
4
 Local people's list (Bygdefolkets liste)2
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [18]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
5
 Local people's list (Bygdefolkets lista)
 Working people's list (Arbeidsfolkets liste)1
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [19]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
5
 Local people's list (Bygdefolkets liste)1
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1976–1979 [20]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
8
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1972–1975 [21]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1968–1971 [22]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Kommunestyre 1964–1967 [23]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)3
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Herredsstyre 1960–1963 [24]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)5
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)3
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Herredsstyre 1956–1959 [25]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)5
Total number of members:17
Beiarn Herredsstyre 1952–1955 [26]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)4
Total number of members:16
Beiarn Herredsstyre 1948–1951 [27]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)5
Total number of members:16
Beiarn Herredsstyre 1945–1947 [28]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
1
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)2
Total number of members:16
Beiarn Herredsstyre 1938–1941* [29]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)1
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)4
Total number of members:16

Attractions[edit]

The area offers many outdoor activities to visitors, including fishing, caving, and mountain walking. The Beiarn farm museum includes an overview of Beiarn's cultural history, from the Viking Age through to the middle of the 20th century.

Notable people[edit]

  • Kristian Moljord (1882 in Beiarn – 1976) a fisherman, railroad worker, miner and politician

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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