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Flakstad kommune
View of a beach in Flakstad
View of a beach in Flakstad
Official logo of Flakstad kommune
Nordland within
Flakstad within Nordland
Flakstad within Nordland
Coordinates: 68°04′45″N 13°16′28″E / 68.07917°N 13.27444°E / 68.07917; 13.27444Coordinates: 68°04′45″N 13°16′28″E / 68.07917°N 13.27444°E / 68.07917; 13.27444
Established1 Jan 1838 (1st time)
1 Jan 1976 (2nd time)
Administrative centreRamberg
 • Mayor (2015)Hans Fredrik Sørdal (Ap)
 • Total178.38 km2 (68.87 sq mi)
 • Land169.07 km2 (65.28 sq mi)
 • Water9.31 km2 (3.59 sq mi)  5.2%
Area rank#343 in Norway
 • Total1,301
 • Rank#368 in Norway
 • Density7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1859
Official language formNeutral

Flakstad is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of the island group Lofoten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ramberg. Other villages include Fredvang, Napp, Nusfjord, and Vareid.

The municipality is located in the Lofoten Islands and comprises the entire island of Flakstadøya and the northern part of the island of Moskenesøya. The European route E10 highway runs across the whole municipality.

The 178-square-kilometre (69 sq mi) municipality is the 343rd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Flakstad is the 368th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,301. The municipality's population density is 7.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (20/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 9.7% over the last decade.[2][3]

General information[edit]

Flakstad church
Skagsanden beach, Flakstad

The municipality of Flakstad was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1916, the southern part of the municipality (population: 1,306) was separated to form the new Moskenes Municipality. This left Flakstad with 1,667 residents.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Flakstad (population: 2,067) was merged into the neighboring municipality of Moskenes (population: 2,001), creating a new, larger municipality of Moskenes. This merger, however, only lasted for twelve years. On 1 January 1976, the merger was undone with Moskenes (population: 1,705) and Flakstad (population: 2,007) becoming separate municipalities once again.[4]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Flakstad farm (Norse Flakstaðir), since the first Flakstad Church was built there. Historically, the name was spelled "Flagstad". The first element could be a Norse nickname (flak meaning "reckless") or it could come from the word flag meaning "rock wall", possibly referring to the large cliff near the church site. The last element is staðir which means "homestead" or "farm".[5][6]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms is from modern times (1989). The arms show a white fastening device used on boats on a blue background. The fastening device was chosen as a symbol for the community's seafaring history.[7]


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

Churches in Flakstad
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Flakstad Flakstad Church Flakstad 1780


Nusfjord is a small harbor with traditional rorbus.

The municipality's economy is dominated by fishing. The fishing fleet mainly consists of small boats. There are also several fish farm in Flakstad. There is some agriculture in Flakstad, but mostly cattle and sheep farming rather than growing crops.[6]


All municipalities in Norway, including Flakstad, 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 Lofoten District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Flakstad is made up of 11 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[9] |name = Flakstad |start = 2015 |end = 2019 |Total = 11 |nynorsk = |Arbeiderpartiet = 2 |Fremskrittspartiet = |Høyre = |Kristelig_Folkeparti = |Senterpartiet = 5 |Sosialistisk_Venstreparti = |Venstre = |Pensjonistpartiet = |Rødt = |Grønne = 1 |Kyst = |Kristne = |Local_Lists = 3 |}}


Located near the southern end of the Lofoten archipelago, Flakstad comprises all of the island of Flakstadøya and the northern part of the island of Moskenesøya. The islands are connected by the Fredvang Bridges and the Kåkern Bridge. The large lake Solbjørnvatnet lies on the northern part of Moskenesøya in Flakstad.

Vestvågøy Municipality lies to the northeast on the island of Vestvågøya, the Vestfjorden lies to the southeast, the Moskenes Municipality lies to the southwest on the island of Moskenesøya, and the Norwegian Sea lies to the northwest.


Climate data for Ramberg, Flakstad
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 175
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[10]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 347.
  6. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Flakstad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  7. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  9. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  10. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14.

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