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Brønnøysund is located in Nordland
Location in Nordland
Coordinates: 65°28′30″N 12°12′43″E / 65.47500°N 12.21194°E / 65.47500; 12.21194Coordinates: 65°28′30″N 12°12′43″E / 65.47500°N 12.21194°E / 65.47500; 12.21194
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Municipality Brønnøy
 • Total 3.25 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 4,924
 • Density 1,515/km2 (3,920/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code 8900 Brønnøysund
Brønnøysund ladested
Former Municipality
Official seal of Brønnøysund ladested
Municipality ID NO-1801
Adm. Center Brønnøysund
Created from Brønnøy in 1923
Merged into Brønnøy in 1964

Brønnøysund (Urban East Norwegian pronunciation: [²brønːøyˌsʉn] (About this sound listen))[3] is a town and the administrative centre of the municipality of Brønnøy, Norway. It is also a former municipality in Nordland county. The village of Brønnøysund received town status in 2000. The city lies along the coast and is often called "the coastal town in the middle of Norway." Brønnøysund is also the regional center of Southern Helgeland. The 3.25-square-kilometre (800-acre) town has a population (2013) of 4,924; giving the town a population density of 1,515 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,920/sq mi).[1]


This building is known as Telegrafen as it originally housed the telegraph in town.

Brønnøysund was established as a municipality on 1 January 1923 when it was separated from the municipality of Brønnøy to become a town (ladested) and municipality of its own. On 1 January 1964, Brønnøysund was merged with the neighbouring municipalities of Brønnøy, Sømna, Velfjord, and part of Bindal to form a new, larger municipality of Brønnøy. At that time, it lost its town status until 2000 when they were once again granted.[4]

During the Viking era, Torgar, by the foot of the legendary mountain Torghatten, was a nationally powerful chieftain seat and an important commercial center along the coast. The original inhabitants were wiped out in an outright massacre by Duke Skule and his men in the Norwegian civil wars that raged around 1240, in the high medieval era of Norway.

The region was re-populated by immigrants from Southern Norway, Trøndelag, and Sweden, which could explain the unique dialect with a Swedish-like intonation.

In May 1945 "the prisoners [foreign POWs] from Ylvingen"[5] were transported by ship from the harbor at Brønnøysund.[5] ("the song saved my life") documents the farewell to Igor Trapitsin and the other Soviet ex-POWs from the harbour at Brønnøysund.[6]


Brønnøysund main street
Brønnøysund Register Centre buildings
Tårnskolen, the old school.

The 3.55-square-kilometre (1.37 sq mi) town of Brønnøysund has a population (2013) of 4,625 and a population density of 1,303 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,370/sq mi).[1] It is also the administrative and commercial centre of the municipality of Brønnøy.

In recent years, Brønnøysund has managed to create a certain economic growth. Fjord Seafood originated here, as well as the largest limestone mine in Northern Europe and the highest foodstuff production in Northern Norway are examples of entrepreneurship and well-run economy in this somewhat prosperous region. Modern agriculture, hydroponics, the large TTS transport corporation, wood-processing and tourism are the main driving industries.


Brønnøysund has daily visits by the Hurtigruten (Coastal Express), northbound at night and southbound in the afternoon. It has its own airport, Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy, and a direct eastbound connection to the European route E6 highway.

Throughout Norway, the town is known as the location of the Brønnøysund Register Centre, in which the new e-government portal Altinn is the newest addition. Torghatten ASA has its headquarters in Brønnøysund.


Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy is located only about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the town centre, and is a vital communications link not only for the town, but also for a large region surrounding the town.

The airport opened in 1968, providing modern and much needed, time-effective transportation to the region, and making it possible to reach both the capital and medical services within an acceptable timeframe.

In May 2010, the direct flight to Oslo was launched, and since April 2011 there are three daily departures for Oslo with a 50-seat plane.[7] There are also connections to Sandnessjøen, Mo i Rana, Rørvik, Trondheim, and Bodø.[8]

It is served by Norway's oldest airline, Widerøe. It is also base for some of the offshore helicopter services, making it possible to exploit the vast petroleum resources offshore.


The town has a number of cultural institutions:

The NRK series Himmelblå, a franchise of the British Two Thousand Acres of Sky, was filmed in part in Brønnøysund and on various locations nearby. The local Brønnøy Church serves the town of Brønnøysund.


Southern part of Brønnøysund
Brønnøysund and the bridge to the adjacent island Torget with Torghatten
Frøkenosen estuary, Brønnøysund

Brønnøysund sits on a narrow peninsula on the mainland surrounded by islands and water. The town is connected to the island Torget by the Brønnøysund Bridge.


Brønnøysund has a subpolar maritime climate with mild winters (Koppen Cfc) considering the northerly location, and a long frost-free season of typically 160 – 180 days.[9] Mean annual temperature is 5.6 °C (42 °F) and average annual precipitation 1,510 mm.[10] Daytime temperatures are usually warmer than the 24hr average from March to October. The data in the table is based on a 1961 - 1990 average. Recent years have tended to be warmer.

Climate data for Brønnøysund
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −1.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 138
Source: Meteorologisk Institutt[11]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The 2015 documentary film Sangen reddet mitt liv[5] ("the song saved my life") documents the farewell to Igor Trapitsin and the other Soviet ex-POWs from the harbour at Brønnøysund.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality". 
  2. ^ "Brønnøysund" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  3. ^ Berulfsen, Bjarne (1969). Norsk Uttaleordbok (in Norwegian). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co (W Nygaard). p. 54. 
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  5. ^ a b c "Etterlyser folk som husker krigens dager". 9 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Guri Kulås (2015-03-03). "Ny dokumentar om sovjetisk krigsfange blir vist under filmfestivalen Kosmorama i Trondheim: Han berga seg med song". Klassekampen. pp. 28–9. 
  7. ^ Widerøe with three daily departures Brønnøysund - Oslo from April 2011[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  9. ^ Brønnøysund climate statistics last 12 months)
  10. ^ Norwegian Meteorological Institute: Brønnøysund climare statistics 1961-90 Archived 8 March 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Normaler for Brønnøy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 

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