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Beiarn kommune
Hoegtind Beiarn 01.jpg
Official logo of Beiarn kommune
Nordland within
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
Administrative centreMoldjord
 • Mayor (2011)Monika Sande (Sp)
 • Total1,222.31 km2 (471.94 sq mi)
 • Land1,178.74 km2 (455.11 sq mi)
 • Water43.57 km2 (16.82 sq mi)  3.6%
Area rank81 in Norway
 • Total1,029
 • Rank391 in Norway
 • Density0.9/km2 (2/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)beiarværing [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1839
Official language formBokmål [2]

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 81st largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Beiarn is the 391st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,029. The municipality's population density is 0.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (2.3/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 8.8% over the last decade.[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]


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]


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.


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]


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 2020–2024 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 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
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Beiarn Local List (Beiarn Bygdeliste)4
Total number of members:15
Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Beiarn Local List (Beiarn Bygdeliste)4
Total number of members:15


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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 193.
  7. ^ "Om Kommunevåpenet". Beiarn kommune. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  8. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Beiarn" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  9. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  10. ^ "Arstadlia-Tverviknakken naturreservat" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  11. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  12. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Nordland". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  13. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  14. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nordland". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-27.

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