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. 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.
View of the Kinnaklova mountain
Kinn within Vestland
|District||Nordfjord and Sunnfjord|
|Established||1 Jan 2020|
|Administrative centre||Florø and Måløy|
|• Mayor (2020)||Ola Teigen (Ap)|
|• Total||812.30 km2 (313.63 sq mi)|
|• Land||764.00 km2 (294.98 sq mi)|
|• Water||48.30 km2 (18.65 sq mi) 5.9%|
|Area rank||142 in Norway|
|• Rank||74 in Norway|
|• Density||22.5/km2 (58/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||1.2%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-4602|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
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.
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.
Coat of armsEdit
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.
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).
|Deanery (prosti)||Parish (sokn)||Church name||Location of the church||Year built|
|Nordfjord prosti||Vågsøy||Nord-Vågsøy Church||Raudeberg||1960|
|Sunnfjord prosti||Bru||Askrova Chapel||Askrova||1957|
|Kinn Church||Kinn||12th century|
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. The municipality falls under the Sogn og Fjordane District Court and the Gulating Court of Appeal.
|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.
Ytterøyane lighthouse in Kinn has been recording temperature since 1984, showing a temperate oceanic climate (marine west coast, Köppen: Cfb). The temperature range from the coldest month to the warmest month is only 11.2C. The coldest monthly mean is 3.4C, making this among the mildest winters in Scandinavia. The all-time high 30 °C (86 °F) was recorded July 2019, and the all-time low −8.7 °C (16.3 °F) was recorded February 2001.
|Climate data for Ytterøyane, Kinn 1991-2020 (26 m, extremes 1984-2020)|
|Record high °C (°F)||10.6
|Daily mean °C (°F)||4.2
|Record low °C (°F)||−8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||129.1
|Source 1: Norwegian Meteorological Institute/eklima (extremes)|
|Source 2: yr.no/met.no (means, precipitation)|
- Ernst Sars (1835 in Kinn – 1917) a Norwegian professor, historian, author and editor
- Sigurd Høst (1866 in Flora – 1939) an educationalist, academic and school textbook writer
- Martha Tynæs (1870 in Florø – 1930) a Norwegian feminist, social worker and politician
- Ivar Lykke Falch Lind (1870–1951) a jurist and politician, Mayor of Kinn in 1920's
- Thor Solberg (1893 in Florø – 1967) an aviation pioneer, flew from the USA to Norway in 1935
- Arnvid Vasbotten (1903 in Florø – 1985) a jurist and politician for Nasjonal Samling
- Jon Tolaas (1939 in Vågsøy –2012) a Norwegian teacher, poet and novelist
- Dagfinn Hjertenes (1943 in Florø – 2006) a Norwegian politician, Mayor of Flora 1980's
- Per Drageset (born 1944 in Raudeberg) a Norwegian civil servant, Assisting County Governor of Sogn og Fjordane
- Reidar Sandal (born 1949 in Vågsøy) a Norwegian politician
- Øyulf Hjertenes (born 1979 in Florø) a Norwegian economist, journalist and newspaper editor
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