Rødøy

Rødøy 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 Vågaholmen. Other villages include Gjerøy, Jektvika, Kilboghamn, Melfjordbotn, Oldervika, Sørfjorden, and Tjong. The municipality consists of many islands to the west of Norway's second biggest glacier, Svartisen.

Rødøy kommune
View of the island of Hestmona
View of the island of Hestmona
Official logo of Rødøy kommune
Rødøy within Nordland
Rødøy within Nordland
Coordinates: 66°35′36″N 13°21′34″E / 66.59333°N 13.35944°E / 66.59333; 13.35944Coordinates: 66°35′36″N 13°21′34″E / 66.59333°N 13.35944°E / 66.59333; 13.35944
CountryNorway
CountyNordland
DistrictHelgeland
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreVågaholmen
Government
 • Mayor (2019)Inger Dagmar Monsen (Ap)
Area
 • Total711.29 km2 (274.63 sq mi)
 • Land685.82 km2 (264.80 sq mi)
 • Water25.47 km2 (9.83 sq mi)  3.6%
Area rank162 in Norway
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,213
 • Rank321 in Norway
 • Density1.8/km2 (5/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
−5.3%
Demonym(s)rødøyfjerding[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1836
Official language formNeutral[2]
Websiterodoy.kommune.no

The 711-square-kilometre (275 sq mi) municipality is the 162nd largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Rødøy is the 321st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,213. The municipality's population density is 1.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.7/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 5.3% over the previous 10-year period.[3][4]

General informationEdit

 
Hestmona
 
Selsøyvik, in earlier days a stopover for fishing boats from Trøndelag going to Lofoten
 
The formation of Rødøyløva ('Rødøy Lion') by sunset.

The municipality of Rødøy was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1884, the northern district of Rødøy was separated to form the new municipality of Meløy. This division left Rødøy with 1,945 residents. The borders of the municipality have not changed since that time.[5]

NameEdit

The Old Norse form of the name was Rauðøy. The first element is rauðr which means "red" (probably referring to the color of the rocks of the island) and the last element is øy which means "island".[6]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms was granted on 12 February 1988. The arms show a red lion on a silver background symbolizing the mountain called Rødøyløva (English: the lion of Rødøy) because its profile resembles a lion. (See picture). It is not the highest mountain in the municipality, however, Blokktinden is one that is higher.[7][8]

ChurchesEdit

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

Churches in Rødøy
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Rødøy Rødøy Church Rødøya 1885
Rødøy indre Sørfjorden Church Sørfjorden 1916
Tjongsfjorden Church Tjong 1962

GeographyEdit

The eastern part of Rødøy is located on the mainland, just east of the Saltfjellet mountain range. The rest of the municipality consists of islands to the west including Gjerdøya, Storselsøya, Myken, Nesøya, Rangsundøya, Renga, and Rødøya. The westernmost part of the municipality is the Myken islands in the Vestfjorden, where the Myken Lighthouse is located.

The Tjongsfjorden is located in the northern part of the mainland of Rødøy, just north of the mountain Blokktinden. The Melfjorden is located in the southern part of the mainland, flowing out of the Saltfjellet–Svartisen National Park.

ClimateEdit

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has a weather station near the Myken Lighthouse on an island west in the Norwegian Sea, 32 km from the mainland. This is one of the most oceanic stations in Northern Norway. The current station has recording since 1992, and an earlier station at same location was in operation 1920–1991. The all-time high temperature is 27.5 °C (81.5 °F) recorded July 1972; the all-time low is −13.9 °C (7.0 °F) recorded in February 1966. The driest month on record is September 2015 with 0.0 mm precipitation, and the wettest is October 1934 with 227 mm. The average date for first overnight freeze (below 0 °C (32 °F)) in autumn is November 10 (1981-2010 average) at Myken.[9]

Climate data for Myken 1991-2020 (17 m, extremes 1921-2020 includes earlier station)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10.3
(50.5)
8.9
(48.0)
10.1
(50.2)
18.2
(64.8)
23.8
(74.8)
25.3
(77.5)
27.5
(81.5)
26.1
(79.0)
21.1
(70.0)
17.5
(63.5)
13.5
(56.3)
10.2
(50.4)
27.5
(81.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 2.3
(36.1)
1.6
(34.9)
2.1
(35.8)
4
(39)
6.9
(44.4)
9.7
(49.5)
12.3
(54.1)
12.8
(55.0)
10.9
(51.6)
7.5
(45.5)
4.9
(40.8)
3.4
(38.1)
6.5
(43.7)
Record low °C (°F) −12.6
(9.3)
−13.9
(7.0)
−12
(10)
−5.8
(21.6)
−2.4
(27.7)
1
(34)
6.3
(43.3)
4.9
(40.8)
−0.1
(31.8)
−4.4
(24.1)
−7.2
(19.0)
−12
(10)
−13.9
(7.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 91
(3.6)
70
(2.8)
75
(3.0)
57
(2.2)
49
(1.9)
40
(1.6)
52
(2.0)
66
(2.6)
95
(3.7)
94
(3.7)
98
(3.9)
100
(3.9)
887
(34.9)
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[10]

GovernmentEdit

All municipalities in Norway, including Rødøy, 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.[11] The municipality falls under the Rana District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Rødøy is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Rødøy Kommunestyre 2020–2023 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Joint list of the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)
and the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
9
 Rødøy Common List (Rødøy fellesliste)4
Total number of members:17
Rødøy Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Joint list of the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)
and the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
7
 Rødøy Common List (Rødøy fellesliste)3
Total number of members:17
Rødøy Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Rødøy Common List (Rødøy fellesliste)3
 Steady Course (Stø kurs)2
Total number of members:17
Rødøy Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Rødøy common list (Rødøy fellesliste)4
Total number of members:17
Rødøy Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Rødøy common list (Rødøy fellesliste)4
Total number of members:17
Rødøy Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Rødøy common list (Rødøy fellesliste)3
 Rødøy coastal party (Rødøy kystparti)2
Total number of members:17
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Rødøy common list (Rødøy fellesliste)7
 Free Voters (Frie Velgere)2
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Rødøy common list (Rødøy Fellesliste)6
 Cross-party voting list (Tverrpolitisk valgliste)3
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Rødøy common list (Rødøy fellesliste)4
 Cross-party election list for middle and southern Rødøy
(Tverrpolitisk valgliste for midtre og søndre Rødøy)
6
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [18]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Socialist common list (Sosialistisk Samlingsliste)1
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [19]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
and the Liberal Party (Venstre)
6
 Cross-party—political independents list
(Tverrpolitisk—partipolitisk uavhengig liste)
1
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1976–1979 [20]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Mainland Free Voters' List (Fastlandets Frie Velgeres Liste)9
 Collaborative independents election list
(Samarbeidernes Uavhengige Valgliste)
1
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1972–1975 [21]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)12
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1968–1971 [22]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)3
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Kommunestyre 1964–1967 [23]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
2
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)2
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Herredsstyre 1960–1963 [24]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)3
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Herredsstyre 1956–1959 [25]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)5
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)10
Total number of members:21
Rødøy Herredsstyre 1952–1955 [26]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)8
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
5
Total number of members:20
Rødøy Herredsstyre 1948–1951 [27]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)11
Total number of members:20
Rødøy Herredsstyre 1945–1947 [28]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
2
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)1
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)8
Total number of members:20
Rødøy Herredsstyre 1938–1941* [29]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
8
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)3
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)3
Total number of members:20

MayorEdit

The mayors of Rødøy (incomplete list):

  • 2019–present: Inger Dagmar Monsen (Ap)
  • 2003-2019: Olav Terje Hoff (Sp)
  • 1995-2003: Johan Anton Svartis (Sp)
  • 1992-1995: Bernt Johan Arntsen (Ap)
  • 1990-1991: Gustav Lorentzen (Ap)
  • 1986-1989: Bernt Johan Arntsen (Ap)
  • 1984-1985: Gustav Lorentzen (Ap)
  • 1982-1983: Sven Hansen (Sp)
  • 1980-1981: Magne Hansen (H)
  • 1976-1979: Hans Aakre (KrF)
  • 1972-1975: Sven Hansen (Sp)
  • 1968-1971: Hans Aakre (KrF)
  • 1960-1967: Sven Hansen (Sp)
  • 1952-1959: Olav Hoff (KrF)

Notable peopleEdit

  • Hans Olav Lahlum (born 1973) a Norwegian historian, crime author, chess player and politician; known for his unconventional style. He grew up in Rødøy, a small community that he says he did not find enjoyable.

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