Nesna kommune

Nesna peninsula (front), Tomma (middle),
Handnesøya (right), Hugla (left)

Coat of arms

Nordland within

Nesna within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°15′28″N 13°2′6″E / 66.25778°N 13.03500°E / 66.25778; 13.03500Coordinates: 66°15′28″N 13°2′6″E / 66.25778°N 13.03500°E / 66.25778; 13.03500
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Administrative centre Nesna
  Mayor (2011) Marit Bye (H)
  Total 183.13 km2 (70.71 sq mi)
  Land 181.34 km2 (70.02 sq mi)
  Water 1.79 km2 (0.69 sq mi)
Area rank 342 in Norway
Population (2011)
  Total 1,808
  Rank 346 in Norway
  Density 10.0/km2 (26/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -5.5 %
Demonym(s) Nesnaværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1828
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Nesna 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 Nesna. Other villages in Nesna include Handnesneset, Husby, Saura, and Vikholmen.

Map of Nesna municipality

The municipality consists of the three islands Tomma, Hugla (known as "Hugløy" by its inhabitants), and Handnesøya, and one peninsula that bears the name of the municipality, Nesna. The old Husby Estate is headquartered in Husby on Tomma island.

The Coastal Express arrives two times a day at the port of Nesna, the northbound arrives 05:30 and the southbound 11:15. The village of Nesna is also home to Nordland's education center Nesna University College, and there is also the KVN High School, and Nesna Church.

General information

View of the island of Tomma

Nesna was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The western district of Nesna (population: 1,348) was separated from Nesna on 1 July 1888 to form the new municipality of Dønnes. This left Nesna with 2,958 residents. On 1 January 1919, the Bardalssjøen farm (population: 4) was transferred from Hemnes to Nesna. In 1945, a small area of southern Nesna (population: 26) was transferred to Leirfjord.

On 1 January 1962, part of the island of Løkta (population: 80) was transferred from Nesna to Dønna and part of the island of Tomma (population: 80) was transferred from Dønnes to Nesna. Then on 1 January 1964, the Bardalssjøen area of Nesna, located south of the Ranfjorden, was transferred to Leirfjord. On that same date, the part of Nesna around the inner part of the Sjona fjord was transferred to Rana.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Nesna farm (Old Norse: Nesnar), since the first church was built there. The name is derived from the word nes which means "headland". The name was historically spelled Nesne.[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 23 June 1989. The arms are a canting of the name of the municipality because they show a yellow-colored "headland" or peninsula surrounded by blue water (nes is Norwegian for headland).[4]


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

Churches in Nesna
Church NameLocation
of the Church
Year Built
NesnaNesna ChurchNesna1880
Handnesøya ChapelSaura1969
Husby ChapelHusby1905


All municipalities in Norway, including Nesna, 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 Nesna is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[5]

Nesna Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party NameName in NorwegianNumber of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet7
 Conservative PartyHøyre3
 Green PartyMiljøpartiet De Grønne1
 Centre PartySenterpartiet3
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti3
Total number of members:17

Notable residents


  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. 119.
  4. Store norske leksikon. "Nesna - Kommune i Nordland" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  5. "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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