View of Inndyr
Gildeskål within Nordland
|Established||1 Jan 1838|
|• Mayor (2011)||Petter Jørgen Pedersen (Ap)|
|• Total||664.71 km2 (256.65 sq mi)|
|• Land||622.27 km2 (240.26 sq mi)|
|• Water||42.44 km2 (16.39 sq mi) 6.4%|
|Area rank||170 in Norway|
|• Rank||328 in Norway|
|• Density||3.2/km2 (8/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-2.3%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1838|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Gildeskål is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Bodø Region and the traditional district of Salten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Inndyr. Other villages include Forstranda, Lekanger, Mevik, Mårnes, Nygårdsjøen, Saura, Storvika, Sør-Arnøy, Sørfinnset, and Våg.
The 665-square-kilometre (257 sq mi) municipality is the 170th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Gildeskål is the 328th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,998. The municipality's population density is 3.2 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.3/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 2.3% over the last decade.
The municipality of Gildeskaal (later spelled Gildeskål) was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1853, the eastern (inland) district of Gildeskaal (population: about 1,150) was separated to become the new municipality of Beiarn. This left Gildeskaal with about 2,400 residents. The municipal boundaries have not changed since.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Gildeskaal farm (Old Norse: Gildaskáli) because the first church was built there (Old Gildeskål Church). The first element is the plural genitive case of gildi which means 'feast' or 'banquet' and the last element is skáli which means 'hall'.
Coat of arms
|Parish (sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
|Old Gildeskål Church||Inndyr||12th century|
Gildeskål is a coastal municipality that encompasses part of the mainland as well as many islands. Major islands include Fleina, Fugløya, Nordarnøya, Sørarnøya, and Sandhornøya. The southern part of the municipality includes part of the Saltfjellet mountains and the northern part of the municipality borders the Saltfjorden and the Vestfjorden.
All municipalities in Norway, including Gildeskål, 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. The municipality falls under the Salten District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of|
|Socialist Left Party||Sosialistisk Venstreparti||1|
|Local Lists||Lokale lister||1|
|Total number of members:||17|
Buildings and structures
There is a VLF-transmitter in Gildeskål that is used for sending messages to submerged submarines (call sign: JXN, frequency: 16.4 kHz). It uses as antenna multiple wires spun between two mountains (photo). The transmitter building is located at .
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gildeskål.|
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