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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
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)
Area rank#333 in Norway
 • Total1,410
 • Rank#358 in Norway
 • Density7.6/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1827
Official language formBokmål

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 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 1,410. The municipality's population density is 7.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (20/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 5.3% over the last decade.[2]

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 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.[3]


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).[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 29 May 1981. The arms show a wave as a canting symbol for the municipality since the Norwegian word dønning means wave.[5]


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
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.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Dønna is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Dønna Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet6
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet1
 Conservative PartyHøyre2
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti3
 Local ListsLokale lister5
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. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  4. ^ "Helgelands stedsnavn". Historisk tidsskrift (in Norwegian). Kristiania, Norge: Den Norske historiske forening: 70. 1871. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  6. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.

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