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Sør-Rana herred
Former Municipality
Sør-Rana herred is located in Nordland
Sør-Rana herred
Sør-Rana herred
Location in Nordland
Coordinates: 66°13′29″N 13°36′59″E / 66.22472°N 13.61639°E / 66.22472; 13.61639Coordinates: 66°13′29″N 13°36′59″E / 66.22472°N 13.61639°E / 66.22472; 13.61639
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Municipality ID NO-1831
 • Total 777 km2 (300 sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Created from Hemnes in 1929
Merged into Rana and Hemnes in 1964

Sør-Rana is a former municipality in Nordland county, Norway. Sør-Rana encompassed an area on both sides of the middle section of the Ranfjorden around where the Sørfjorden and Elsfjorden branch off the main fjord.[1]


The municipality of Sør-Rana was established on 1 July 1929 when it was separated from the municipality of Hemnes. Initially, the new municipality had a population of 1,708. On 1 January 1964, the district of Sør-Rana that was north of the Ranfjorden, with 697 inhabitants, was merged with the town of Mo i Rana, the municipality of Nord-Rana, and the eastern part of Nesna to create the new municipality Rana. The rest of Sør-Rana (south of the Ranfjorden), with 934 inhabitants, was merged back into the municipality of Hemnes.[2]


  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Sør-Rana" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.