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Radøy kommune
View of the village of Manger
View of the village of Manger
Coat of arms of Radøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Radøy kommune
Hordaland within
Radøy within Hordaland
Radøy within Hordaland
Coordinates: 60°40′09″N 05°02′10″E / 60.66917°N 5.03611°E / 60.66917; 5.03611Coordinates: 60°40′09″N 05°02′10″E / 60.66917°N 5.03611°E / 60.66917; 5.03611
Country Norway
County Hordaland
District Nordhordland
Administrative centre Manger
 • Mayor (2007) Jon Askeland (Sp)
 • Total 111.44 km2 (43.03 sq mi)
 • Land 106.80 km2 (41.24 sq mi)
 • Water 4.64 km2 (1.79 sq mi)
Area rank 372 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 5,128
 • Rank 199 in Norway
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 10.1 %
Demonym(s) Radværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1260
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.radoy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Radøy is an island municipality in the Nordhordland district in Hordaland county, Norway. The municipality includes almost all of the island of Radøy plus many small surrounding islands. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Manger. Other villages in the municipality include Askeland, Austmarka, Bøvågen, Haugland, Sæbø, and Sletta.

The 111-square-kilometre (43 sq mi) municipality is the 372nd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Radøy is the 199th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,128. The municipality's population density is 48 inhabitants per square kilometre (120/sq mi) and its population has increased by 10.1% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. Radøy was created as a new municipality on 1 January 1964. The new municipality was constructed from parts of several different municipalities:[3]

  • all of the municipality of Manger (population: 1,344)
  • all of the municipality of Hordabø (population: 1,679)
  • the island of Bognøy from Herdla municipality (population: 29)
  • most of the municipality of Sæbø, except the Titland area on the Lindås peninsula (population: 916)
  • the Sletta area on the island of Radøy from Lindås municipality (population: 305)
  • the Straume area on the island of Radøy and the small island of Fesøy from Austrheim municipality (population: 56)

On 1 January 2020, the neighboring municipalities of Meland, Radøy, and Lindås will be merged into a large, new municipality called Alver.[4]


The municipality was named after the island on which it sits, Radøy. The Old Norse form of the island's name was (just) Röð. (The last element øy meaning "island" was added later.) The name is identical with the word röð for "row" or "ridge" (here in the sense "long island" sticking out of the ocean).[5]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 16 June 1991. The arms shows two black oarlocks on a yellow background. Oarlocks are on the gunwale of a boat and they support the oar and give force to the rower's stroke. Some of these objects have been found in several places in Radøy and the artifacts date back to the first century BC. The designer of the arms was Even Jarl Skoglund.[6][7]

See also: the coats of arms of Fosnes and Tjøme


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Radøy. It is part of the Nordhordland deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.

Churches in Radøy
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Radøy Hordabø Church Bøvågen 1875
Manger Church Manger 1891
Sæbø Church Sæbø 1883
Emigrant Church, Sletta Sletta 1997


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1951 1,887 —    
1960 1,793 −5.0%
1970 4,100 +128.7%
1980 4,363 +6.4%
1990 4,560 +4.5%
2000 4,585 +0.5%
2010 4,825 +5.2%
2014 5,039 +4.4%
Source: Statistics Norway.

All municipalities in Norway, including Radøy, 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 Radøy is made up of 25 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Radøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 5
  Progress Party Framstegspartiet 2
  Conservative Party Høgre 5
  Christian Democratic Party Kristelig Folkeparti 2
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 9
  Liberal Party Venstre 2
Total number of members: 25


The mayor is Jon Askeland, and the deputy mayor is Ann Christin Hoen.[9]


View of the island of Toska

The municipality encompasses all of the island of Radøy, except the far southern tip (which belongs to Lindås municipality. The smaller surrounding islands of Toska, Bognøy, Fesøy, and others are also part of Radøy municipality. The Radfjorden separates Radøy municipality from the municipality of Meland to the south. The Radsundet strait separates the municipality of Radøy from the municipality of Lindås to the east. The island of Fosnøyna (in Austrheim) lies to the north. The islands of Øygarden lie across the Hjeltefjorden to the west.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ "Ein kommune" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Radøy. – øy" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  7. ^ "Kommunevåpen". Flags of the World. 28 June 2002. Retrieved 21 September 2008.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 
  9. ^ Kommunestyret Archived 2013-02-23 at Archive.is