Leka, Norway

Leka, Norway
Leka kommune
—  Municipality  —

Coat of arms

Nord-Trøndelag within
Leka within Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 65°5′17″N 11°37′1″E / 65.08806°N 11.61694°E / 65.08806; 11.61694Coordinates: 65°5′17″N 11°37′1″E / 65.08806°N 11.61694°E / 65.08806; 11.61694
Country Norway
County Nord-Trøndelag
District Namdalen
Administrative centre Leknes
 – Mayor (2003) Arve Haug (Sp)
 – Total 109.48 km2 (42.3 sq mi)
 – Land 107.97 km2 (41.7 sq mi)
 – Water 1.51 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Area rank 380 in Norway
Population (2011)
 – Total 589
 – Rank 425 in Norway
 – Density 5.5/km2 (14.2/sq mi)
 – Change (10 years) -13.9 %
Demonym Lekværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1755
Official language form Neutral
Website leka.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Leka is a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Leknes. Other villages include Sør-Gutvika and Madsøygrenda.

Leka island has a unique geology

Primarily a fishing and farming community, Leka is the northernmost municipality in Trøndelag. The island has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years, as evidenced by cave drawings in the Solsem section of the island.


General information

The municipality of Leka was established on 1 October 1860 when it was separated from the large municipality of Kolvereid. Initially, the population of Leka was 1,702. On 1 January 1909, the southern district of Leka (population: 881) was separated from Leka to form the new municipality of Gravvik. This left Leka was 1,209 residents. The borders of Leka have not changed since then.[2]


The Old Norse form of the name was Leka. The meaning of the name is unknown, but it may come from the word lekke which can mean "gravelly ground".[3][4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 21 April 1989. The arms show the golden wing and claw of an eagle on a red background. (In 1932 a child disappeared on the island, and was refound by an eagles nest.)[5][3]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Leka. It is part of the Nærøy deanery in the Diocese of Nidaros.

Churches in Leka
Church Name Location
of the Church
Year Built
Leka Leka Church Leknes 1867


Leka is an island municipality encompassing the main island of Leka, the western part of the island of Austra, and many other small islands in the surrounding area. The tiny island groups of Sklinna and Horta lie to the west of the main islands. Sklinna Lighthouse is located in the westernmost part of the municipality. Leka borders Vikna and Nærøy municipalities to the south and Bindal (in Nordland county) to the north.


In the 2007 municipal elections, Leka had the highest vote for the Centre Party in Norway, at 69.3 per cent.


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