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Træna kommune
View of the Husøya harbour
View of the Husøya harbour
Coat of arms of Træna kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Træna kommune
Nordland within
Træna within Nordland
Træna within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°30′27″N 12°01′51″E / 66.50750°N 12.03083°E / 66.50750; 12.03083Coordinates: 66°30′27″N 12°01′51″E / 66.50750°N 12.03083°E / 66.50750; 12.03083
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Established 1872
Administrative centre Husøya
 • Mayor (2011) Per Pedersen (KrF)
 • Total 16.52 km2 (6.38 sq mi)
 • Land 16.46 km2 (6.36 sq mi)
 • Water 0.06 km2 (0.02 sq mi)
Area rank #418 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 465
 • Rank #420 in Norway
 • Density 28.3/km2 (73/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 4.3%
Demonym(s) Trænværing[1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-1835
Official language form Bokmål

Træna is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the island/village of Husøya. Other villages include Selvær and Sanna.

Kirkhelleren cave
Trænstaven on Sanna island in Træna

Fishing is the economic mainstay of Træna. Connections to mainland Norway are by means of boat and ferry. Routes are provided to Sandnessjøen, Nesna and Stokkvågen. Each year Træna plays hosts a music festival called Traena Music Festival. The islands of Træna have been the site of a number of archeological discoveries, indicating that the island has been populated since the Stone Age.

The 16.5-square-kilometre (6.4 sq mi) municipality is the 418th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Træna is the 420th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of only 465. The municipality's population density is 28.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (73/sq mi) and its population has increased by 4.3% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Træna was established on 1 January 1872 when it was separated from the municipality of Lurøy. Initially, Træna had 289 residents. The municipal borders have not changed since that time.[3]


The municipality is named after the island group of Træna (Old Norse: Þriðna). The name is probably derived from the number þrír which means "three" and then referring to three peaks on the island. Historically, the name was spelled Trænen.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted in 1987. The arms show a red background with three gold-colored fishhooks made of bone from the Stone Age. These hooks symbolize the importance of fishing in the municipality.[5]

See also: Coats-of-arms of Båtsfjord, Frøya, and Øksnes


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

Churches in Træna
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Træna Træna Church Husøya 1773
Fiskernes Chapel Selvær 1887


The municipality consists of over one thousand small islands off the coast of Norway. Four of the islands are populated: Husøya, Selvær, Sanna, and Sandøy. The islands lie along the Trænfjorden to the southeast and the Norwegian Sea to the west. Træna Lighthouse is located in the southern part of the municipality.

Træna seen from Lovund


All municipalities in Norway, including Træna, 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 Træna is made up of 11 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Træna Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet5
 Local ListsLokale lister6
Total number of members:11


  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 2017-09-23. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 161. 
  5. ^ "Om Træna" (in Norwegian). Træna kommune. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  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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