Dønna within Nordland
|• Mayor (2011)||Anne S. Mathisen (Ap)|
|• Total||193.90 km2 (74.87 sq mi)|
|• Land||187.64 km2 (72.45 sq mi)|
|• Water||6.26 km2 (2.42 sq mi)|
|Area rank||330 in Norway|
|• Rank||365 in Norway|
|• Density||7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-9.2 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1827|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Dønna is an island and 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 Herøy to the south by the Åkviksundet Bridge.
The municipality of Dønna was established on 1 January 1962 when the municipality of Nordvik (population: 1,293) was merged with the part of Herøy on the southern tip of the island of Dønna (population: 19), the part of Nesna on the island Løkta (population: 80), and most of Dønnes municipality (population: 1,348). The borders have not changed since that time.
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).
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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.
- Anton Christian Bang, theologian and author
- Steinar Bastesen, whaler and independent politician
- Petter Dass, priest and poet (birthplace disputed: could also be in present-day Herøy)
- Odd Eriksen, Labour politician
- Roy Jacobsen, author (born in Oslo, but has lived periodically on Dønna
- Frederikke Tønder Olsen, feminist pioneer
- Julius J. Olson, Minnesota Supreme Court justice
- Ole Edvart Rølvaag, Norwegian-American author
- "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
- Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
- "Helgelands stedsnavn". Historisk tidsskrift (in Norwegian) (Kristiania, Norge: Den Norske historiske forening): 70. 1871. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-11-20.
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- Nordland travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Photos from Dønna (German)