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Dønna kommune
Coat of arms of Dønna kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Dønna kommune
Nordland within
Dønna within Nordland
Dønna within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°05′29″N 12°31′33″E / 66.09139°N 12.52583°E / 66.09139; 12.52583Coordinates: 66°05′29″N 12°31′33″E / 66.09139°N 12.52583°E / 66.09139; 12.52583
Established1 Jan 1962
Administrative centreSolfjellsjøen
 • Mayor (2015)John Erik Skjellnes Johansen (Ap)
 • Total191.94 km2 (74.11 sq mi)
 • Land186.31 km2 (71.93 sq mi)
 • Water5.63 km2 (2.17 sq mi)  2.9%
Area rank333 in Norway
 • Total1,403
 • Rank358 in Norway
 • Density7.5/km2 (19/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)dønnværing [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1827
Official language formBokmål [2]

Dønna is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland region. The administrative centre of the island municipality is the village of Solfjellsjøen. Other villages include Bjørn, Dønnes, Hestad, Sandåker, and Vandve. The main island of Dønna is connected to the neighboring municipality of Herøy to the south by the Åkviksundet Bridge.

The 192-square-kilometre (74 sq mi) municipality is the 333rd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Dønna is the 358th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,403. The municipality's population density is 7.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (19/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 4.1% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

The old trading house at Lauvøy, surrounded by Sitka spruce
View of the Dønnamannen mountain

Municipal history[edit]

The municipality of Dønna was established on 1 January 1962 due to the work of the Schei Committee. The new municipality was created by merging these areas:

  • the municipality of Nordvik (population: 1,293)
  • the part of the municipality of Herøy on the southern tip of the island of Dønna (population: 19)
  • the part of the municipality of Nesna on the island Løkta (population: 80)
  • the majority of the municipality of Dønnes (population: 1,348), except for the part located on the island of Tomma.

The borders of Dønna municipality have not changed since that time.[5]


The municipality is named after the island of Dønna (Old Norse: Dyn). The name is probably derived from the Norse verb dynja which means to "rumble" or "roar" (referring to the swell of the waves on the island).[6]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 29 May 1981. The arms show a wave as a canting symbol for the municipality since the Norwegian word dønning means wave.[7]


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

Churches in Dønna
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Dønna Dønnes Church Dønnes 13th century
Hæstad Church Hestad 1912
Løkta Church Sandåker 1968
Nordvik Church Nordvik 1877
Vandve Church Vandve 1956


Much of the industry focuses on fishing, aquaculture, and fish processing. There is also some agriculture, tourism, and some public services.


All municipalities in Norway, including Dønna, 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.[8] The municipality falls under the Alstahaug District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Dønna is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Dønna Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Red Party (Rødt)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:17
Dønna Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
and the Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
Total number of members:17
Dønna Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
Total number of members:17


Dønna is located in Outer Helgeland which also consists of the municipalities of Leirfjord, Alstahaug, and Herøy. The municipality is made up of a large archipelago consisting of islands, islets, and reefs. The three largest islands in the municipality are Dønna, Løkta, and Vandve. The Åsværet islands (and the Åsvær Lighthouse) lie in the western part of the municipality. The island municipality is situated at the mouth of the Ranfjorden.

View from Dønnesfjellet, Dønna. The strandflaten lowland in the foreground and several islands with unique mountain formations visible in the distance

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ "Helgelands stedsnavn". Historisk tidsskrift (in Norwegian). Kristiania, Norge: Den Norske historiske forening: 70. 1871. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  7. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  9. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Nordland". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  10. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  11. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Nordland". Valg Direktoratet. Retrieved 2019-10-27.

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