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Hadsel kommune
Stokmarknes winter.jpg
Coat of arms of Hadsel kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Hadsel kommune
Nordland within
Hadsel within Nordland
Hadsel within Nordland
Coordinates: 68°32′6″N 14°49′30″E / 68.53500°N 14.82500°E / 68.53500; 14.82500Coordinates: 68°32′6″N 14°49′30″E / 68.53500°N 14.82500°E / 68.53500; 14.82500
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Vesterålen
Administrative centre Stokmarknes
 • Mayor (2007) Kjell Børge Freiberg (FrP)
 • Total 566.44 km2 (218.70 sq mi)
 • Land 551.12 km2 (212.79 sq mi)
 • Water 15.32 km2 (5.92 sq mi)
Area rank 188 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 7,937
 • Rank 129 in Norway
 • Density 14.4/km2 (37/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -2.4 %
Demonym(s) Hadselværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1866
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.hadsel.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Hadsel (Northern Sami: Válafierda) is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Vesterålen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Stokmarknes. Other villages in Hadsel include Fiskebøl, Gjerstad, Grønning, Grytting, Hanøyvika, Hennes, Kaljord, Melbu, Sanden, and Sandnes.

Taen, Hadseløya.
Road 885 in Hadsel
Hadsel Church

The municipality is the southernmost municipality in the Vesterålen region. It is spread over four islands: Hadseløya, Hinnøya, Langøya, and Austvågøya. About 70% of the population live on Hadseløya island. Hadseløya island is connected to Langøya by the Hadsel Bridge and Børøy Bridge. Also, the Stokmarknes Airport, Skagen, is located nearby. It is the busiest small aircraft airport in Norway, serving 100,000 passengers annually (1997).

The municipality of Sortland lies to the north, to the west, Vågan to the south, and Lødingen to the east.


Hadsel was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The northern district of Hadsel was separated in 1841 to form the new municipality of Sortland. On 1 January 1963, the Indre Eidsfjord district of Hadsel (population: 1,360) was transferred to Sortland municipality.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Hadsel farm (Old Norse: Hǫfðasegl), since the first church (Hadsel Church) was built there. The first element is the genitive case of hǫfði which means "high and steep cliff" and the last element is segl which means "sail". (A cliff near the farm has been compared in form to a sail.)[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 11 March 1976. The arms show four golden rings on a blue background. This design represents the four islands of that make up Hadsel: Hadseløya, Austvågøya, Hinnøya, and Langøya.[4]


The Church of Norway has three parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Hadsel. It is part of the Vesterålen deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.

Churches in Hadsel
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Hadsel Hadsel Church Hadsel 1824
Innlandet Church Hennes 1992
Melbu Melbu Church Melbu 1938
Sand Church Sanden 1914
Ytre Eidsfjord Grønning Church Grønning 1968


The municipality is located upon four islands in the Vesterålen archipelago: Hinnøya, Langøya, Hadseløya, and Austvågøya. The mountain Higravstinden on the border with Vågan is one of the tallest mountains in the region.


Climate data for Melbu, Hadsel
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −1.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 110
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[5]


All municipalities in Norway, including Hadsel, 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 Hadsel is made up of 25 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Hadsel Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 11
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 5
  Conservative Party Høyre 2
  Red Party Rødt 1
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 3
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 1
  Liberal Party Venstre 1
  Local Lists Lokale lister 1
Total number of members: 25


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 363. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  5. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 
  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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