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Lurøy kommune
View of Tonnes in northern Lurøy
View of Tonnes in northern Lurøy
Official logo of Lurøy kommune
Nordland within
Lurøy within Nordland
Lurøy within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°25′55″N 12°51′18″E / 66.43194°N 12.85500°E / 66.43194; 12.85500Coordinates: 66°25′55″N 12°51′18″E / 66.43194°N 12.85500°E / 66.43194; 12.85500
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreLurøy
 • Mayor (2015)Carl Einar Isachsen jr. (Sp)
 • Total265.19 km2 (102.39 sq mi)
 • Land258.23 km2 (99.70 sq mi)
 • Water6.96 km2 (2.69 sq mi)  2.6%
Area rank290 in Norway
 • Total1,920
 • Rank332 in Norway
 • Density7.4/km2 (19/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1834
Official language formBokmål

Lurøy is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lurøy, located on the island of Lurøya. Other villages in Lurøy include Aldra, Haugland, Konsvikosen, Lovund, Sleneset / Solværøyene, Stokkvågen, and Tonnes.

The municipality is located on the coast just south of the Arctic circle, on the western edge of the Saltfjellet mountain range. The Lurøygården (Lurøy Farm) on the island of Lurøya is a more-than-200-year-old renaissance garden with old plants, a pool, and a nearly 20-metre (66 ft) high Copper Beech.

The 265-square-kilometre (102 sq mi) municipality is the 290th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Lurøy is the 332nd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,920. The municipality's population density is 7.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (19/sq mi) and its population has increased by 1.1% over the last decade.[2][3]

General information[edit]

View of the island Lovund

Lurøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1872, the far western island district (population: 289) was separated from Lurøy to become the new municipality of Træna. This left Lurøy with 1,554 residents. The borders of Lurøy have not changed since that time.[4]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the island of Lurøya (Old Norse: Lúðrøy), since the first Lurøy Church was built there. The first element is lúðr which means "hollowed log" (here probably referring to the form of the mountain of the island). The last element is øy which means "island".[5]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 22 August 1986. The arms show a black buoy on a gold background. The buoy is an appropriate symbol for a municipality since it is dependent on fishing and sailing.[6]


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

Churches in Lurøy
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Aldersund Aldersund Church Haugland 1971
Lurøy Lovund Church Lovund 1960
Lurøy Church Lurøya 1812
Moflag Church Moflaget 1921


Lurøy is located on the western coast of Helgeland. The small strip of mainland Lurøy runs from Tonnes in the north along Norwegian County Road 17 to Stokkvågen along the Sjona fjord in the south. The rest of the municipality is located on 1,375 islands located to the west of the mainland. The major islands include Aldra, Lurøya, Onøya, Stigen, Solvær, and Lovund. There are also two islands in the northern part of Lurøya that are divided between Lurøy and neighboring Rødøy Municipality: Nesøya and Hestmona.[7]


All municipalities in Norway, including Lurøy, 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 Rana District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Lurøy is made up of 19 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[9]

Lurøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet6
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet1
 Conservative PartyHøyre2
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti1
 Centre PartySenterpartiet6
 Local ListsLokale lister3
Total number of members:19

Media gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 154, 156.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  7. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Lurøy" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  9. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.

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