Flakstad kommune

Coat of arms

Nordland within

Flakstad within Nordland
Coordinates: 68°4′45″N 13°16′28″E / 68.07917°N 13.27444°E / 68.07917; 13.27444Coordinates: 68°4′45″N 13°16′28″E / 68.07917°N 13.27444°E / 68.07917; 13.27444
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Lofoten
Administrative centre Ramberg
  Mayor (2007) Stein Iversen (Distrikstliste)
  Total 178.14 km2 (68.78 sq mi)
  Land 168.81 km2 (65.18 sq mi)
  Water 9.33 km2 (3.60 sq mi)
Area rank 345 in Norway
Population (2012)
  Total 1,383
  Rank 370 in Norway
  Density 8.2/km2 (21/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -10.2 %
Demonym(s) Flakstadfjerding[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1859
Official language form Neutral
Website www.flakstad.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Flakstad is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Lofoten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ramberg. Other villages include Fredvang and Vareid.

The municipality is located in the Lofoten Islands and comprises the island of Flakstadøya and the northern part of the island of Moskenesøya. The European route E10 highway runs across the whole municipality.

General information

Flakstad church
Skagsanden beach, Flakstad

The municipality of Flakstad was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1916, the southern part of the municipality (population: 1,306) was separated to form the new municipality of Moskenes. This left Flakstad with 1,667 residents.

On 1 January 1964 during a period of municipal mergers, Moskenes (population: 2,001) and Flakstad (population: 2,067) were merged back together. This merger only lasted for twelve years. On 1 January 1976, Moskenes (population: 1,705) and Flakstad (population: 2,007) were divided once again.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Flakstad farm (Norse Flakstaðir), since the first church (Flakstad Church) was built there. Historically, the name was spelled "Flagstad". The first element could be a Norse nickname (flak meaning "reckless") or it could come from the word flag meaning "rock wall", possibly referring to the large cliff near the church site. The last element is staðir which means "homestead" or "farm".[3][4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1989). The arms show a white fastening device used on boats on a blue background. The fastening device was chosen as a symbol for the community's seafaring history.[5]


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

Churches in Flakstad
Parish (Sokn)Church NameLocation of the ChurchYear Built
FlakstadFlakstad ChurchFlakstad1780


Nusfjord is a small harbor with traditional rorbus.

The municipality's economy is dominated by fishing. The fishing fleet mainly consists of small boats. There are also several fish farm in Flakstad. There is some agriculture in Flakstad, but mostly cattle and sheep farming rather than growing crops.[4]


All municipalities in Norway, including Flakstad, 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

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Flakstad is made up of 11 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Flakstad Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party NameName in NorwegianNumber of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet2
 Green PartyMiljøpartiet De Grønne1
 Centre PartySenterpartiet5
 Local ListsLokale lister3
Total number of members:11


Located near the southern end of the Lofoten archipelago, Flakstad comprises all of the island of Flakstadøya and the northern part of the island of Moskenesøya. The islands are connected by the Fredvang Bridges and the Kåkern Bridge. The large lake Solbjørnvatnet lies on the northern part of Moskenesøya in Flakstad.

The municipality of Vestvågøy lies to the northeast, the Vestfjorden lies to the southeast, the municipality of Moskenes lies to the southwest, and the Norwegian Sea lies to the northwest.


Climate data for Ramberg, Flakstad
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 175
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[7]


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  3. Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 347.
  4. 1 2 Store norske leksikon. "Flakstad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  5. "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian). Flakstad kommune. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  6. "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.
  7. "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
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