Sømna

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Sømna kommune
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Sømna within Nordland
Coordinates: 65°19′25″N12°10′38″E / 65.32361°N 12.17722°E / 65.32361; 12.17722 Coordinates: 65°19′25″N12°10′38″E / 65.32361°N 12.17722°E / 65.32361; 12.17722
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Established19011964
Re-established1 Jan 1977
Administrative centre Vik i Helgeland
Government
  Mayor (2019)Hans Gunnar Holand (Sp)
Area
  Total195.20 km2 (75.37 sq mi)
  Land191.61 km2 (73.98 sq mi)
  Water3.59 km2 (1.39 sq mi)  1.8%
Area rank301 in Norway
Population
 (2020)
  Total1,975
  Rank283 in Norway
  Density10.3/km2 (27/sq mi)
  Change (10 years)
−3.2%
Demonym(s) sømnværing [1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-1812
Official language form Bokmål [2]
Website somna.kommune.no

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.

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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. [3]

The 195-square-kilometre (75 sq mi) municipality is the 301st largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Sømna is the 283rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,975. The municipality's population density is 10.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (27/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 3.2% over the previous 10-year period. [4] [5]

General information

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. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, a major municipal merger took place. The following areas were merged to form a new, larger Brønnøy municipality.

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. [6]

Name

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". [3]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was 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. [7]

Churches

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

Churches in Sømna
Parish (sokn)Church NameLocation of the ChurchYear Built
Sømna Sømna Church Vik i Helgeland 1876

Geography

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

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. [8] The municipality falls under the Brønnøy District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Sømna is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Sømna Kommunestyre 20202023 [9]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
  Conservative Party (Høyre)1
  Red Party (Rødt)1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)9
  Cross-party list Sømna (Tverrpolitisk liste Sømna)3
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 20162019 [10]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
  Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
  Cross-party list Sømna (Tverrpolitisk liste Sømna)4
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 20122015 [11]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
  Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
  Cross-party list Sømna (Tverrpolitisk liste Sømna)5
  Sømna Local List (Sømna Bygdeliste)1
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 20082011 [10]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
  Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
9
  Sømna local list (Sømna bygdeliste)1
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 20042007 [10]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
  Conservative Party (Høyre)1
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)10
  Sømna Local List (Sømna Bygdeliste)2
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 20002003 [10]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
  Conservative Party (Høyre)2
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
  Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
  Local list (Bygdeliste)1
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 19961999 [12]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
  Conservative Party (Høyre)1
  Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
9
  Sømna Local list (Sømna Bygdeliste)3
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 19921995 [13]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
  Conservative Party (Høyre)1
  Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) and
the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
8
  Sømna local list (Sømna bygdeliste)2
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 19881991 [14]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
  Conservative Party (Høyre)2
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
  Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 19841987 [15]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
  Conservative Party (Høyre)2
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
  Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:17
Sømna Kommunestyre 19801983 [16]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
  Conservative Party (Høyre)2
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
Total number of members:17
Sømna Herredsstyre 19601963 [17]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
  Conservative Party (Høyre)1
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
  Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
Total number of members:17
Sømna Herredsstyre 19561959 [18]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
  Conservative Party (Høyre)1
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
  Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)4
  Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:17
Sømna Herredsstyre 19521955 [19]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
  Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)4
  Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:16
Sømna Herredsstyre 19481951 [20]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
  Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
  Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)4
  Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:16
Sømna Herredsstyre 19451947 [21]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
  Local List(s) (Lokale lister)4
Total number of members:16
Vik Herredsstyre 19381941* [22]   
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
representatives
  Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
  Local List(s) (Lokale lister)7
Total number of members:16

Mayor

The mayors of Sømna (incomplete list):

Notable people

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