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Vevelstad kommune
Official logo of Vevelstad kommune
Nordland within
Vevelstad within Nordland
Vevelstad within Nordland
Coordinates: 65°40′06″N 12°31′07″E / 65.66833°N 12.51861°E / 65.66833; 12.51861
Established1 July 1916
Administrative centreForvika
 • Mayor (2016)Kari Anne Bøkestad Andreassen (Samarbeidslista)
 • Total538.90 km2 (208.07 sq mi)
 • Land516.84 km2 (199.55 sq mi)
 • Water22.06 km2 (8.52 sq mi)  4.1%
Area rank201 in Norway
 • Total506
 • Rank418 in Norway
 • Density1.0/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1816
Official language formBokmål

Vevelstad 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 Forvika.

The 539-square-kilometre (208 sq mi) municipality is the 201st largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Vevelstad is the 418th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 506. The municipality's population density is 1 inhabitant per square kilometre (2.6/sq mi) and its population has increased by 4.3% over the last decade.[2][3]

General information

View of the Velfjorden, Vevelstad is on the left side of the fjord.

The municipality of Vevelstad was established on 1 July 1916 when it was separated from the municipality of Tjøtta. Initially, the municipality had 1,097 residents. On 1 July 1920, the Giskå farm area (population: 10) was transferred from Tjøtta to Vevelstad. The borders have not changed since that time.[4]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Vevelstad farm (Old Norse: Vifilsstaðir), since the first Vevelstad Church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of the Norse male name Vifill and the last element is staðir which means "homestead" or "farm".[5]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was granted on 13 November 1991. The arms are blue with three silver V shapes (two over one). The arms are canting, showing the first letter of the name of the municipality, V. The municipality applied for arms in the 1970s, but all the proposals were rejected by either the municipal council or the national archives. Finally, the present arms were adopted and granted in 1991.[6]


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

Churches in Vevelstad
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Vevelstad Vevelstad Church Forvika 1796


The municipality lies in the middle of Norway, surrounded by mountains and fjords. A lot of the municipality is a part of Lomsdal–Visten National Park. The lake Søre Vistvatnet lies in the southeastern part of the municipality inside the national park. Most of the residents live along the coastline or on the island Hamnøya. The mouth of the Velfjorden lies in the southern part of the municipality.


All municipalities in Norway, including Vevelstad, 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 Brønnøy District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Vevelstad is made up of 13 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Vevelstad Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet3
 Local ListsLokale lister10
Total number of members:13


  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 2019-02-23.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  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. 51.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  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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