Bodin is a parish and former municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The 672-square-kilometre (259 sq mi) municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 1968. It was a large municipality encompassing all of the mainland area around the town of Bodø and part of the land on the southern shore of the Saltfjorden. The municipality also included over 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi) of islands, notably the islands of Helligvær, Landegode, Bliksvær, and Givær plus numerous others. In all there were over 700 islands, islets, and skerries in Bodin Municipality. All of what was Bodin Municipality now lies entirely inside the present-day Bodø Municipality.[1][2]

Bodin herred
Bodø landdistrikt
Bodin kyrkje 1.jpg
Official logo of Bodin herred
Bodin within Nordland
Bodin within Nordland
Coordinates: 67°16′26″N 14°26′05″E / 67.27389°N 14.43472°E / 67.27389; 14.43472Coordinates: 67°16′26″N 14°26′05″E / 67.27389°N 14.43472°E / 67.27389; 14.43472
CountryNorway
CountyNordland
DistrictSalten
Established1 Jan 1838
Disestablished1 Jan 1968
Area
 • Total672 km2 (259 sq mi)
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
Population
 (1968)
 • Total14,252
 • Density21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1843
Created asFormannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Succeeded byBodø in 1968

The present-day parish of Bodin represents the mainland area immediately surrounding the town of Bodø and the western islands. The main church for the parish is the historic Bodin Church.

HistoryEdit

The municipality of Bodø landdistrikt was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). It included the rural areas surrounding the town of Bodø. In 1896, the name of the municipality was changed to Bodin. On 1 July 1938, an area of Bodin (population: 559) was transferred to the town of Bodø. On 1 January 1959, another area of Bodin (population: 1,303) was transferred to the town of Bodø. On 1 January 1963, an area of Skjerstad (population: 224) was transferred to Bodin Municipality.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the majority of the municipality of Kjerringøy (population: 524) and the Øyjord area of Sørfold Municipality (population: 81) were merged into Bodin. Then on 1 January 1968, the municipality of Bodin (population: 13,323) was merged with the town of Bodø (population: 14,252) to create a new, much larger, Bodø Municipality. Upon merging, Bodin had a population of 13,323 and Bodø had a population of 14,252.[3]

NameEdit

Until 1896, the name of the municipality was Bodø landdistrikt, meaning "the rural district of Bodø". The town of Bodø is named after the old farm Bodøgård meaning "the farm (gård) of Bodø". The Old Norse form of the farm's name was Boðin or Boðvin, and the municipality (originally the parish) was named after it because the first church (Bodin Church) was built on its ground. The meaning of the first element is, maybe, boði ("skerry") and the last element is vin which means "meadow" or "pasture". The old Norse form was revived in 1896 as the name of the rural municipality.[4]

GovernmentEdit

All municipalities in Norway, including Bodin, 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.[5]

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Herredsstyre) of Bodin was made up of representatives that were elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the final municipal council was as follows:

Bodin Herredsstyre 1964–1967 [6]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)23
 Conservative Party (Høyre)10
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist People's Party (Sosialistisk Folkeparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:45
Bodin Herredsstyre 1960–1963 [7]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)16
 Conservative Party (Høyre)7
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:35
Bodin Herredsstyre 1956–1959 [8]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)17
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)7
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)3
Total number of members:35
Bodin Herredsstyre 1952–1955 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)2
Total number of members:24
Bodin Herredsstyre 1948–1951 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)6
Total number of members:24
Bodin Herredsstyre 1945–1947 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)3
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:24
Bodin Herredsstyre 1938–1941* [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)6
Total number of members:24

Notable residentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Helland, Amund (1908). "Bodin herred". Norges land og folk: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian). XVIII. Kristiania, Norway: H. Aschehoug & Company. p. 79. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 199.
  5. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  6. ^ "Kommunevalgene 1963" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1964. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  7. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1959" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1960. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  8. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1955" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1957. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  9. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1951" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1952. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  10. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1947" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1948. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  11. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1945" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1947. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  12. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1937" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1938. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  13. ^ "Adelsteen Gallery". Bodø, Norway. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23.