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Nesna kommune
View of the Nesna peninsula (front), Tomma (middle), Handnesøya (right), Hugla (left)
View of the Nesna peninsula (front), Tomma (middle), Handnesøya (right), Hugla (left)
Official logo of Nesna kommune
Nordland within
Nesna within Nordland
Nesna within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°15′28″N 13°02′06″E / 66.25778°N 13.03500°E / 66.25778; 13.03500Coordinates: 66°15′28″N 13°02′06″E / 66.25778°N 13.03500°E / 66.25778; 13.03500
Established1 January 1838
Administrative centreNesna
 • Mayor (2015)Hanne Davidsen (Ap)
 • Total183.18 km2 (70.73 sq mi)
 • Land181.34 km2 (70.02 sq mi)
 • Water1.84 km2 (0.71 sq mi)  1%
Area rank340 in Norway
 • Total1,805
 • Rank337 in Norway
 • Density10/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1828
Official language formBokmål

Nesna is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Nesna. Other villages in Nesna include Handnesneset, Husby, Saura, and Vikholmen.

Map of Nesna municipality

The municipality consists of the three islands Tomma, Hugla (known as "Hugløy" by its inhabitants), and Handnesøya, and one peninsula that bears the name of the municipality, Nesna. The old Husby Estate is headquartered in Husby on Tomma island.

The Coastal Express arrives two times a day at the village of Nesna, the northbound arrives 05:30 and the southbound 11:15. The village of Nesna is also home to Nordland's education center Nesna University College, and there is also the KVN High School, and Nesna Church.

The 183-square-kilometre (71 sq mi) municipality is the 340th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Nesna is the 337th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,805. The municipality's population density is 10 inhabitants per square kilometre (26/sq mi) and its population has increased by 0.7% over the last decade.[2][3]

General information[edit]

View of the island of Tomma

Nesna was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The western island district of Nesna (population: 1,348) was separated from Nesna on 1 July 1888 to form the new municipality of Dønnes. This left Nesna with 2,958 residents. On 1 January 1919, the Bardalssjøen farm (population: 4) was transferred from Hemnes Municipality to Nesna Municipality. In 1945, a small area of southern Nesna (population: 26) was transferred to Leirfjord Municipality.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1962, part of the island of Løkta (population: 80) was transferred from Nesna to the new Dønna Municipality and part of the island of Tomma (population: 80) was transferred from the old municipality of Dønnes to Nesna Municipality. Then on 1 January 1964, the Bardalssjøen area of Nesna, located south of the Ranfjorden, was transferred to Leirfjord Municipality. On that same date, the part of Nesna around the inner part of the Sjona fjord was transferred to Rana Municipality.[4]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Nesna farm (Old Norse: Nesnar), since the first Nesna Church was built there. The name is derived from the word nes which means "headland". The name was historically spelled Nesne.[5]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 23 June 1989. The arms are a canting of the name of the municipality because they show a yellow-colored "headland" or peninsula surrounded by blue water (nes is Norwegian for headland).[6][7]


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

Churches in Nesna
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Nesna Nesna Church Nesna 1880
Handnesøya Chapel Saura 1969
Husby Chapel Husby 1905


All municipalities in Norway, including Nesna, 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 Rana District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Nesna is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four-year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[9]

Nesna Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet7
 Conservative PartyHøyre3
 Green PartyMiljøpartiet De Grønne1
 Centre PartySenterpartiet3
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti3
Total number of members:17

Notable residents[edit]

  • Ida Maria, a singer-songwriter was born and lives here


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  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. 119.
  6. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Nesna – Kommune i Nordland" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway – Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (12 May 2016). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.

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