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Vefsn kommune
Official logo of Vefsn kommune
Nordland within
Vefsn within Nordland
Vefsn within Nordland
Coordinates: 65°47′57″N 13°15′02″E / 65.79917°N 13.25056°E / 65.79917; 13.25056Coordinates: 65°47′57″N 13°15′02″E / 65.79917°N 13.25056°E / 65.79917; 13.25056
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreMosjøen
 • Mayor (2001)Jann-Arne Løvdahl (Ap)
 • Total1,929.10 km2 (744.83 sq mi)
 • Land1,838.96 km2 (710.03 sq mi)
 • Water90.14 km2 (34.80 sq mi)  4.7%
Area rank#33 in Norway
 • Total13,448
 • Rank#88 in Norway
 • Density7.3/km2 (19/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1824
Official language formNeutral

Vefsn (Southern Sami: Vaapste) is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region; the administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Mosjøen (population: 9,843). Some of the notable villages in Vefsn include Drevvassbygda, Elsfjord, and Husvik.

The 1,929-square-kilometre (745 sq mi) municipality is the 33rd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Vefsn is the 88th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 13,448; the municipality's population density is 7.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (19/sq mi) and its population has increased by 0.2% over the last decade.[2][3]


Part of the city park in Mosjøen, Vefsn municipality.

The municipality of Vefsn was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1862, the vast eastern district of Vefsn (population: 921) was separated from Vefsn to become the new municipality of Hattfjelldal; this left Vefsn with 5,051 residents. In 1876, the town of Mosjøen (population: 379) was separated from Vefsn to become a separate municipality; this left Vefsn with 4,672 residents.

In 1927, Vefsn municipality was split into three: the small northern district (population: 964) became the new municipality of Drevja and the large southern district (population: 1,746) became the new municipality of Grane. After the split, Vefsn had 3,119 residents remaining. In 1939, a small area of Vefsn (population: 45) was transferred to neighboring town of Mosjøen.

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1962, the municipality of Vefsn (population: 5,358) was merged with the neighboring town of Mosjøen (population: 4,628) and the neighboring municipalities of Drevja (population: 1,001) and Elsfjord (population: 920) to form a new, larger municipality of Vefsn. On 1 January 1995, the mainland areas of the neighboring Alstahaug Municipality (population: 70) were transferred to Vefsn.[4]


The post office was named VEFSEN in 1859.

The municipality is named after the river Vefsna which flows through the municipality into the Vefsnfjorden; the meaning of the river name is unknown. Historically, the spelling has varied from Vefsen to Væffsn.[5]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 13 September 1974, they show a gray and red rooster on a black background. The rooster is a symbol for watchfulness and alertness, it was adopted by the municipality of Mosjøen on 25 March 1960. After the merger with Vefsn, Drevja, and Elsfjord in 1962, the new name of the municipality became Vefsn and the old arms of Mosjøen were chosen for the new municipality. Since the arms officially became obsolete after the merger, they were re-granted in 1974.[6]


The Church of Norway has three parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Vefsn, it is part of the Indre Helgeland prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.

Churches in Vefsn
Parish (sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Dolstad Dolstad Church Mosjøen 1735
Drevja Drevja Church Drevja 1883
Elsfjord Elsfjord Church Elsfjord 1955


Luktinden (mountain) in autumn

The administrative centre of Vefsn is the town of Mosjøen which is situated along the innermost part of the Vefsnfjorden. Outside Mosjøen, the large municipality of Vefsn is dominated by spruce forests, mountains, lakes, agriculture, and the Vefsna river; the municipality is served by Mosjøen Airport, Kjærstad.

The mountain Lukttinden is located in the northern part of the municipality. There are many large lakes in Vefsn including Drevvatnet, Finnknevatnet, Fustvatnet, Hundålvatnet, Luktvatnet, Mjåvatnet, and Ømmervatnet; the Lomsdal–Visten National Park is partially located in Vefsn.

The road along Vefsnfjord


The bird watcher that visits Vefsn soon realizes that it will take more than a day to cover all the interesting habitats and birding areas. Here you will find areas of virtually untouched coniferous woodlands, both inland and along the coast; the Skjørlegda nature reserve is a good example of woodland protection. Here you will find a virtually untouched coniferous forest covering the Eiterå valley; the valley stretches inland to a higher mountainous habitat that is also worth checking.


All municipalities in Norway, including Vefsn, 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 Alstahaug District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Vefsn is made up of 29 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Vefsn Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet10
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet2
 Conservative PartyHøyre5
 Red PartyRødt4
 Centre PartySenterpartiet2
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti1
 Liberal PartyVenstre2
 Local ListsLokale lister3
Total number of members:29

Notable people[edit]

Drevje valley (Drevjedalen), Vefsn

Notable people that were born or lived in Vefsn include:

See also[edit]


  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 2019-02-17.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  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. 64.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  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.
  9. ^ "In Loving Memory of Aage Grundstad" (PDF). Norwegian American Weekly (123(28)). July 13, 2012. p. 21. Retrieved January 14, 2019.

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