Leka within Nord-Trøndelag
|• 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|
|• Rank||425 in Norway|
|• Density||5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-13.9 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1755|
|Official language form||Neutral|
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.
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 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.
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.)
of the Church
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.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Socialist Left Party||Sosialistisk Venstreparti||1|
|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.
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- 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.]
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