Dønna

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Dønna kommune
Dønnamannen.JPG
Official logo of Dønna kommune
Nordland within
Norway
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
CountryNorway
CountyNordland
DistrictHelgeland
Established1 Jan 1962
Administrative centreSolfjellsjøen
Government
 • Mayor (2019)Nils Jenssen (Sp)
Area
 • Total192.55 km2 (74.34 sq mi)
 • Land186.32 km2 (71.94 sq mi)
 • Water6.23 km2 (2.41 sq mi)  3.2%
Area rank304 in Norway
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,371
 • Rank306 in Norway
 • Density7.4/km2 (19/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
−4.2%
Demonym(s)dønnværing[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1827
Official language formBokmål[2]
Websitedonna.kommune.no

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 193-square-kilometre (75 sq mi) municipality is the 304th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Dønna is the 306th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,371. The municipality's population density is 7.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (19/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 4.2% over the previous 10-year period.[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]

Name[edit]

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]

Churches[edit]

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

Economy[edit]

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

Government[edit]

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 2020–2023 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 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
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
and the Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)
5
Total number of members:17
Dønna Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 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 Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:17
Dønna Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Cross-party Election (Tverrpolitisk Folkevalgte)2
Total number of members:17
Dønna Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)6
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Cross-party list (Tverrpolitisk liste)4
 Pensionists and free voters (Pensjonister og frie velgere)1
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Cross-party list (Tverrpolitisk liste)2
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Red Electoral Alliance (Rød Valgallianse)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Dønna cross-party list (Dønna Tverrpolitiske liste)2
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høyre)7
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1976–1979 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Joint list of the Conservative Party (Høyre)
and Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
6
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1972–1975 [18]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1968–1971 [19]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)4
Total number of members:21
Dønna Kommunestyre 1964–1967 [20]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)7
Total number of members:21

Mayor[edit]

The mayors of Dønna (incomplete list):

  • 2019–present: Nils Jenssen (Sp)
  • 2015-2019: John Erik Skjellnes Johansen (Ap)
  • 2011-2015: Anne Sofie Sand Mathisen (Ap)
  • 2007-2011: Ingunn Laumann (Ap)
  • 2003-2007: Steinar Horsgård (Sp)
  • 1995-2003: Anne Sofie Sand Mathisen (Ap)

Geography[edit]

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]

Anton Chr. Bang

References[edit]

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