Sømna

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Sømna kommune
Municipality
View of the village of Berg
View of the village of Berg
Coat of arms of Sømna kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sømna kommune
Nordland within
Norway
Sømna within Nordland
Sømna within Nordland
Coordinates: 65°19′25″N 12°10′38″E / 65.32361°N 12.17722°E / 65.32361; 12.17722Coordinates: 65°19′25″N 12°10′38″E / 65.32361°N 12.17722°E / 65.32361; 12.17722
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Administrative centre Vik i Helgeland
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Edmund Dahle (Sp)
Area
 • Total 194.62 km2 (75.14 sq mi)
 • Land 191.19 km2 (73.82 sq mi)
 • Water 3.43 km2 (1.32 sq mi)
Area rank 331 in Norway
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,025
 • Rank 336 in Norway
 • Density 10.6/km2 (27/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -3.5 %
Demonym(s) Sømnværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1812
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.somna.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Sømna is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region. The administrative center of Sømna is the village of Vik i Helgeland. Other villages in the municipality include Dalbotn, Sund, Vennesund, and Berg.

The oldest boat remains ever found in Norway (Haugvikbåten - 2,500 years old) was discovered in a bog in Sømna.

Sømna has some of the best agriculture in the region. Dairy and beef cows as well as grains are produced in Sømna. There is also a dairy in Berg that produces milk and cheese.[2]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Vik was established on 1 January 1901 when it was separated from the large municipality of Brønnøy. The initial population of Vik was 2,731. In 1941 the municipality was renamed Sømna. On 1 January 1964, Sømna was merged with Brønnøysund, Velfjord, Brønnøy, and part of northern Bindal. Prior to the merger Sømna had 2,347 residents.

This merger was short-lived because on 1 January 1977, all of the old Sømna municipality (except the Hongsetbygda area) was removed from Brønnøy to become a separate municipality once again. There were 2,107 residents in the newly recreated Sømna municipality.[3]

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was probably Søfn. The meaning of the name is unknown, but it is possibly derived from sveifa which means "wind" or "wave" or it could be derived from svefja meaning a "quiet sleep".[2]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 14 June 1991. The arms show three combined silver leaves of clover (trefoils) on a red background. The arms symbolize agriculture, culture, and prosperity combined.[4]

Churches[edit]

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

Churches in Sømna
Parish
(Sokn)
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Sømna Sømna Church Vik i Helgeland 1876

Geography[edit]

The municipality of Sømna is mostly made up of the southern part of a peninsula off the mainland of Norway and the surrounding islands. It borders Brønnøy to the north by land and Bindal to the south and east by sea, across the Bindalsfjorden.

Sømna consists mainly of a wide Strandflaten lowland (coastal brim), and is one of few municipalities in Northern Norway where the farmers still grow some grain.

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Norway, including Sømna, 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 Sømna is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[5]

Sømna Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
representatives
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 5
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 1
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 7
  Local Lists Lokale lister 4
Total number of members: 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Sømna" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  5. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 

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