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Træna

Træna kommune
View of the Husøya harbour
View of the Husøya harbour
Official logo of Træna kommune
Nordland within
Norway
Træna within Nordland
Træna within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°30′27″N 12°01′51″E / 66.50750°N 12.03083°E / 66.50750; 12.03083
CountryNorway
CountyNordland
DistrictHelgeland
Established1 Jan 1872
Administrative centreHusøya
Government
 • Mayor (2011)Per Pedersen (KrF)
Area
 • Total16.52 km2 (6.38 sq mi)
 • Land16.46 km2 (6.36 sq mi)
 • Water0.06 km2 (0.02 sq mi)  0.4%
Area rank418 in Norway
Population
 (2018)
 • Total454
 • Rank420 in Norway
 • Density27.6/km2 (71/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
0.7%
Demonym(s)trænværing[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1835
Official language formBokmål
Websitetrana.kommune.no

Træna is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the island/village of Husøya. Other population centres include Selvær and Sanna.

Kirkhelleren cave
Trænstaven on Sanna island in Træna

Fishing is the economic mainstay of Træna. Connections to mainland Norway are by means of boat and ferry. Routes are provided to Sandnessjøen, Nesna, and Stokkvågen. Each year Træna plays hosts a music festival called Traena Music Festival. The islands of Træna have been the site of a number of archeological discoveries, indicating that the island has been populated since the Stone Age.

The 16.5-square-kilometre (6.4 sq mi) municipality is the 418th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Træna is the 420th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of only 454. The municipality's population density is 27.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (71/sq mi) and its population has increased by 0.7% over the last decade.[2][3]

General information

The municipality of Træna was established on 1 January 1872 when it was separated from the municipality of Lurøy. Initially, Træna had 289 residents. The municipal borders have not changed since that time.[4]

Name

The municipality is named after the island group of Træna (Old Norse: Þriðna). The name is probably derived from the number þrír which means "three" and then referring to three peaks on the island. Historically, the name was spelled Trænen.[5]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was granted on 24 July 1987. The arms show a red background with three gold-colored fishhooks made of bone from the Stone Age. These hooks symbolize the importance of fishing in the municipality and the historic bone hooks found in the local Kirkhelleren cave.[6]

Churches

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

Churches in Træna
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Træna Træna Church Husøya 1773
Fiskernes Chapel Selvær 1887

Geography

The municipality consists of over one thousand small islands off the coast of Norway. Four of the islands are populated: Husøya, Selvær, Sanna, and Sandøy. The islands lie along the Trænfjorden to the southeast and the Norwegian Sea to the west. Træna Lighthouse is located in the southern part of the municipality.

Træna seen from Lovund

Government

All municipalities in Norway, including Træna, 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.[7] The municipality falls under the Rana District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Træna is made up of 11 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Træna Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Local Lists (Lokale lister)6
Total number of members:11

References

  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 2019-02-06.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  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. p. 161.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  7. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  8. ^ "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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