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Lødingen kommune

Lødingen village viewed from the ferry from Bognes
Lødingen village viewed from the ferry from Bognes
Official logo of Lødingen kommune
Nordland within
Lødingen within Nordland
Lødingen within Nordland
Coordinates: 68°24′15″N 15°34′17″E / 68.40417°N 15.57139°E / 68.40417; 15.57139Coordinates: 68°24′15″N 15°34′17″E / 68.40417°N 15.57139°E / 68.40417; 15.57139
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreLødingen
 • Mayor (2015)Atle Andersen (Ap)
 • Total527.43 km2 (203.64 sq mi)
 • Land507.67 km2 (196.01 sq mi)
 • Water19.76 km2 (7.63 sq mi)  3.7%
Area rank203 in Norway
 • Total2,102
 • Rank320 in Norway
 • Density4.1/km2 (11/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Lødingsværing [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1851
Official language formBokmål [2]

Lødingen (Northern Sami: Lodegat) is a municipality in Nordland county in Norway. Lødingen is located on the southeastern corner of the island of Hinnøya, and is part of the traditional district of Ofoten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lødingen. The other main village is Vestbygda. Lødingen has the nickname "Biketown" because it hosts several annual bicycle races like Lofoten Insomnia and Vestbygd-rittet.

The 527-square-kilometre (203 sq mi) municipality is the 203rd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Lødingen is the 320th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,102. The municipality's population density is 4.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (11/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 7.8% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

View north into Tjeldsundet from just north of Lødingen village
Saami family near Kanstad, Lødingen, 1896. Some of the descendants of the children in the photograph are reindeer herders in the area to this date [1].

The municipality of Lødingen was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1869, the southern district of Lødingen surrounding the Tysfjorden on the mainland (population: 1,402) was separated to form the new Tysfjord Municipality. This left 2,064 residents in Lødingen. Then on 1 January 1909, the northeastern district of Lødingen (population: 1,404) was separated to form the new Tjeldsund Municipality. This left 3,034 residents in Lødingen.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1962, the southern mainland part of Lødingen surrounding the Efjorden and the island of Barøya (population: 433) were transferred to Ballangen Municipality. Then on 1 January 1964, the eastern part of Lødingen on the island of Tjeldøya (population: 297) was transferred to Tjeldsund Municipality.[5]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Lødingen farm (Old Norse: Lǫðueng), since the first Lødingen Church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of laða which means "grain/hay barn" and the last element is eng which means "meadow".[6][7]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 11 May 1984. The arms show a gold-colored woollen thread that is folded as a flower with five leaves on a red background. The municipality is at the junction of road, shipping, and ferry routes to five areas: Lofoten, Ofoten, Salten, Vesterålen, and Southern Troms. It is also located between five fjords: Vestfjorden, Ofotfjorden, Tysfjorden, Tjeldsundet, and Gullesfjorden. The symbol is also an ancient symbol for good fortune.[8]


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

Churches in Lødingen
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Lødingen Lødingen Church Lødingen 1897
Vestbygd Church Vågehamn 1885


All municipalities in Norway, including Lødingen, 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.[9] The municipality falls under the Ofoten District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Lødingen is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Lødingen Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:17
Lødingen Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:17
Lødingen Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:17


The municipality encompasses the southern part of the island of Hinnøya. The terrain is mountainous, with several small islands and fjords. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lødingen, located at the inner part of the Vestfjorden at the southern entrance of the Tjeldsundet strait. The nearest airport is Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes, about 73 kilometres (45 mi) away by road. Lødingen is an important ferry harbor, the car ferry to/from Bognes in Tysfjord leaves 12 times per day and takes 60 minutes. Møysalen National Park is located in the northern part of the municipality. It's named after the mountain Møysalen on the municipal border between Lødingen and Sortland. The Rotvær Lighthouse is located in Lødingen.


Climate data for Lødingen (village)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 158
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[13]


E10 road in Lødingen, May 2011.


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  8. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
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  13. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14.

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