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Kinn kommune
View of the Kinnaklova mountain
View of the Kinnaklova mountain
Official logo of Kinn kommune
Vestland within
Kinn within Vestland
Kinn within Vestland
Coordinates: 61°35′59″N 5°01′58″E / 61.5996°N 5.0328°E / 61.5996; 5.0328
DistrictNordfjord and Sunnfjord
Established1 Jan 2020
Administrative centreFlorø and Måløy
 • Mayor (2020)Ola Teigen (Ap)
 • Total812.30 km2 (313.63 sq mi)
 • Land764.00 km2 (294.98 sq mi)
 • Water48.30 km2 (18.65 sq mi)  5.9%
Area rank142 in Norway
 • Total17,207
 • Rank74 in Norway
 • Density22.5/km2 (58/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-4602
Official language formNynorsk[1]

Kinn is a municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It was established on 1 January 2020. It is in the traditional districts of Nordfjord and Sunnfjord. The municipality is the only non-contiguous municipality in Norway since the municipality of Bremanger lies in between the north and south parts of Kinn.[2] The administrative centres of the municipality is the two cities of Florø and Måløy. Some villages in the municipality include Rognaldsvåg, Stavang, Grov, Norddalsfjord, Nyttingnes, Steinhovden, Brandsøy, Deknepollen, Holvika, Kvalheim, Langeneset, Raudeberg, Refvika, Silda, Tennebø, Vedvika, and Vågsvåg.

Historically, there was another municipality of Kinn in Norway that existed from 1838 until 1964. The "old" Kinn roughly corresponded to the southern part of the "new" municipality of Kinn.

The 812-square-kilometre (314 sq mi) municipality is the 142nd largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Kinn is the 74th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 17,207. The municipality's population density is 22.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (58/sq mi) and its population has increased by 1.2% over the previous 10-year period.[3][4]

General information

The municipality was established on 1 January 2020 when the old Flora Municipality was merged with most of Vågsøy Municipality (the rest of Vågsøy was merged into the new Stad Municipality).[5]


The municipality was named after the old municipality of Kinn which existed from 1838-1964. That municipality was named after the old Kinn farm (Old Norse: Kinn) on the island of Kinn since Kinn Church was located there. The name is identical with the word for "cheek", referring to the steep slope of a mountain on the island. Historically, the island's name was spelled Kind.[6]

Coat of arms

Kinn adopted a new coat of arms that was designed and approved in the fall of 2019. The blue and white arms are an abstract design of the bow of a boat, an important symbol for the fishing community. The design is abstract and so it can also be seen as a rock, waves, or the head of a spear.[7]


The Church of Norway has many churches in the municipality of Kinn which is part of the Diocese of Bjørgvin. There are four parishes (sokn) in the Sunnfjord prosti (deanery) and one parish (sokn) in the Nordfjord prosti (deanery).

Churches in Kinn
Deanery (prosti) Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Nordfjord prosti Vågsøy Nord-Vågsøy Church Raudeberg 1960
Sør-Vågsøy Church Måløy 1907
Sunnfjord prosti Bru Askrova Chapel Askrova 1957
Stavang Church Stavang 1957
Eikefjord Eikefjord Church Eikefjord 1812
Kinn Batalden Chapel Fanøya 1907
Florø Church Florø 1882
Kinn Church Kinn 12th century
Nordal Nordal Church Norddalsfjord 1898


All municipalities in Norway, including Kinn, 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 elects a mayor.[8] The municipality falls under the Sogn og Fjordane District Court and the Gulating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Kinn is made up of 39 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown is as follows:

Kinn Kommunestyre 2020–2023 [9]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)10
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)2
 Green Party (Miljøpartiet Dei Grøne)2
 Conservative Party (Høgre)6
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)1
 Red Party (Raudt)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)8
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
Total number of members:39


The northern portion of Kinn Municipality includes the island of Vågsøy and a small portion of the mainland east of the island on northern and outer shore of the Nordfjorden. Other populated islands in this part of the municipality include Silda, Moldøen, and Husevågøy. The lake Degnepollvatnet is located between the villages of Degnepoll and Tennebø.

The southern portion of Kinn Municipality is located on the coast at the entrances to the Norddalsfjorden and Førdefjorden. It includes many islands, including Reksta, Askrova, Svanøya, Skorpa, Fanøya, Hovden, and Kinn. The municipality also includes the large lakes of Endestadvatnet, Lykkjebøvatnet, and Vassetevatnet. The Norddalsfjorden is crossed by the Norddalsfjord Bridge.

Media gallery


  1. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  2. ^ Rognstrand, Andrea (2018-01-31). "Vågsøy vil ha omkamp om "Norges rareste kommune"". VG (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2020). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian).
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2020). "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian).
  5. ^ Askheim, Svein, ed. (2019-09-29). "Kinn". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  6. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1919). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Bergenhus amt (in Norwegian) (12 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 359.
  7. ^ Westvik, Eva (2019-06-11). "Her er dei nye forslaga til kommunevåpen i Kinn". Fjordenes Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  9. ^ "Tall for hele Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
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