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Tjeldsund kommune
View of Fjelldal in the summer
View of Fjelldal in the summer
Coat of arms of Tjeldsund kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Tjeldsund kommune
Nordland within
Tjeldsund within Nordland
Tjeldsund within Nordland
Coordinates: 68°29′04″N 16°17′33″E / 68.48444°N 16.29250°E / 68.48444; 16.29250Coordinates: 68°29′04″N 16°17′33″E / 68.48444°N 16.29250°E / 68.48444; 16.29250
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Ofoten
Established 1909
Administrative centre Hol i Tjeldsund
 • Mayor (2015) Liv Kristin Johnsen (H)
 • Total 319.29 km2 (123.28 sq mi)
 • Land 310.35 km2 (119.83 sq mi)
 • Water 8.91 km2 (3.44 sq mi)
Area rank #268 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 1,252
 • Rank #373 in Norway
 • Density 4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -7.4%
Demonym(s) Tjeldsunding[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
ISO 3166 code NO-1852
Official language form Bokmål

Tjeldsund (Northern Sami: Dielddanuorri) is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Ofoten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Hol i Tjeldsund. Other important villages include Fjelldal, Myklebostad, and Ramsund. Norges Brannskole (Norway's education and training center for firemen) is situated in Fjelldal in the northeastern part of the municipality. Marinejegerkommandoen is based south of Ramsund.

The 319-square-kilometre (123 sq mi) municipality is the 268th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Tjeldsund is the 373rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,252. The municipality's population density is 4 inhabitants per square kilometre (10/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 7.4% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

Sætertinden at the Tjeldsund-Harstad municipality border is the highest mountain on Hinnøya.

The municipality of Tjeldsund was established on 1 January 1909 when it was separated from the municipality of Lødingen. Tjeldsund encompassed the eastern part of Lødingen prior to the division. Initially, Tjeldsund had a population of 1,404.

On 1 January 1964, the western part of the island of Tjeldøya (population: 297) was transferred to Tjeldsund. On the same date the unpopulated Ramnes area of Evenes was also transferred to Tjeldsund.[3]


The municipality is named after the Tjeldsundet strait between the islands of Tjeldøya and Hinnøya. The first element is the (uncompounded) Old Norse name of Tjeldøya (Tjöld or Tjalda) and the last element is sund which means "strait" or "sound". The name of the island is probably derived from the word tjald which means "tent" or the similar word tjaldr which means "oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)".[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted in 1990. The arms show a blue-colored Anthony's cross on a silver background. The Anthony's cross is a canting of the letter T for Tjeldsund.


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

Churches in Tjeldsund
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Tjeldsund Tjeldsund Church Hol i Tjeldsund 1863
Fjelldal Chapel Fjelldal 1960
Ramsund Chapel Ramsund 1964


Aerial view over Tjeldsund and part of Ofotfjord in January. Tjeldsund is partly on the mainland, but also includes Tjeldøya (island).

Tjeldsund is located in Nordland county on the border with Troms county. Tjeldsund is mostly located on the island of Tjeldøya which is surrounded by the Ofotfjorden on the south, the Tjeldsundet strait to the west and north, and the Ramsundet strait to the east. The island is connected to the mainland by the Ramsund Bridge. The rest of the municipality is a small area on the mainland to the east of Tjeldøya and a small area on the island of Hinnøya to the north of Tjeldøya. The municipalities of Evenes (in Nordland) and Skånland (in Troms) lies to the east of Tjeldsund, Harstad and Kvæfjord (in Troms) lie to the north, Lødingen to the west, and Ballangen to the south.

View of the Tjeldsundet


Climate data for Hol i Tjeldsund
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 101
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[5]


All municipalities in Norway, including Tjeldsund, 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 Tjeldsund is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Tjeldsund Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet5
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet2
 Conservative PartyHøyre5
 Centre PartySenterpartiet2
 Local ListsLokale lister3
Total number of members:17


  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 2017-09-20. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Tjeldsund" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14. 
  6. ^ "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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