Leka, Norway

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Leka kommune
Coat of arms of Leka kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Leka kommune
Nord-Trøndelag within
Leka within Nord-Trøndelag
Leka within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 65°5′17″N 11°37′1″E / 65.08806°N 11.61694°E / 65.08806; 11.61694Coordinates: 65°5′17″N 11°37′1″E / 65.08806°N 11.61694°E / 65.08806; 11.61694
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Leknes
 • Mayor (2011) Per Helge Johansen (Sp)
 • Total 109.48 km2 (42.27 sq mi)
 • Land 107.97 km2 (41.69 sq mi)
 • Water 1.51 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Area rank 380 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 589
 • Rank 425 in Norway
 • Density 5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -13.9 %
Demonym(s) Lekværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1755
Official language form Neutral
Website www.leka.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Leka is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Leknes. Other villages include Sør-Gutvika and Madsøygrenda.

Leka island has a unique geology

Primarily a fishing and farming community, Leka is the northernmost municipality in Trøndelag. The island has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years, as evidenced by cave drawings in the Solsem section of the island.


The Old Norse form of the name was Leka. The meaning of the name is unknown, but it may come from the word lekke which can mean "gravelly ground".[2][3]


Dated to the Viking Age, the burial mound Herlaugshaugen is one of the largest (in Norway) from that era.[4]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Leka was established on 1 October 1860 when it was separated from the large municipality of Kolvereid. Initially, the population of Leka was 1,702. On 1 January 1909, the southern district of Leka (population: 881) was separated from Leka to form the new municipality of Gravvik. This left Leka was 1,209 residents. The borders of Leka have not changed since then.[5]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 21 April 1989. The arms show the golden wing and claw of an eagle on a red background. (In 1932 a child disappeared on the island, and was refound by an eagles nest.)[2][6]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Leka. It is part of the Namdal deanery in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Leka
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Leka Leka Church Leknes 1867


Leka is an island municipality encompassing the main island of Leka, the western part of the island of Austra (with the biggest locality being Gutvik), and many other small islands in the surrounding area. The tiny island groups of Sklinna and Horta lie to the west of the main islands. Sklinna Lighthouse is located in the westernmost part of the municipality. Leka borders Vikna and Nærøy municipalities to the south and Bindal (in Nordland county) to the north.


All municipalities in Norway, including Leka, 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 Leka is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Leka Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 3
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 9
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 1
  Liberal Party Venstre 2
Total number of members: 15


In the 2007 municipal elections, Leka had the highest vote for the Centre Party in Norway, at 69.3 per cent.


The island part of Leka (Skei) is connected to Gutvik by a ferry line, operated by Lekaferja.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Leka" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1903). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Trondhjems amt (dokpro.uio.no) (in Norwegian) (15 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 369. 
  4. ^ Mysteriet på Herlaugshaugen fortsetter - Nærmere undersøkelser av Herlaugshaugen på Leka har ikke gitt flere svar på hva som skjuler seg i haugen. De har likevel kartlagt noen nye funn. [The mystery at Herlaugshaugen continues - Closer examinations of Herlaugshaugen at Leka has not given more answers about what is hiding in the mound. They have nevertheless identified some new discoveries.]
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  6. ^ "Nord-Trøndelag fylke" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. 

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