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Bindal kommune
—  Municipality  —
Heilhornet mountain in Bindal

Coat of arms

Nordland within
Bindal within Nordland
Coordinates (city): 65°5′48″N 12°35′19″E / 65.09667°N 12.58861°E / 65.09667; 12.58861Coordinates: 65°5′48″N 12°35′19″E / 65.09667°N 12.58861°E / 65.09667; 12.58861
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Municipality ID NO-1811
Administrative centre Terråk
 - Mayor (2003) Magne Paulsen (Ap)
Area (Nr. 76 in Norway)
 - Total 1,265 km2 (488.4 sq mi)
 - Land 1,193 km2 (460.6 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 - Total 1,804
 - Density 2/km2 (5.2/sq mi)
 - Change (10 years) -12.1 %
 - Rank in Norway 347
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Official language form Bokmål
Norwegian demonym Bindaling[1]
Data from Statistics Norway

Bindal is a municipality in the Helgeland region in the extreme southwest part of Nordland county, Norway. Bindal borders four municipalities in Nord-Trøndelag: Høylandet and Nærøy in the south, Namsskogan in the southeast, and Leka in the west. Bindal also has borders with the Nordland municipalities of Sømna, Brønnøy, and Grane.

In 1838, the parish of Bindal was split into two municipalities (see formannskapsdistrikt) because the parish included land in both the counties of Nord-Trøndelag and Nordland. The new law required that municipalities be located only in one county, so the parish was divided into two parts: Nordbindalen and Sørbindalen. In 1852, was the county border was moved south to its current position and the municipalities of Nordbindalen and Sørbindalen were merged back together.


General information



The Old Norse form of the name was Birnudalr. The first element is the genitive case of the river name Birna (now Åbjøra) and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The river name is derived from the word birna which means "(female) bear".[2]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1990). The arms show six rivets to represent the boat building in the municipality.


From the coast, the municipality reaches into the mountains toward the Majavatn lake. The tallest mountain is Heilhornet at 1,058 meters high.[3] It also includes part of the lake Eidevatnet, which also lies partially in Brønnøy municipality.


The most important industries in Bindal are farming and forestry. The largest secondary industry is the door manufacturer, Bindalsbruket, with about 130 employees. Bindal has a traditional boat-building industry and Nordland boats are still manufactured.


Boat races for Nordland boats are have been held annually since 1978 in the main village of Terråk during the last weekend of June.


Bindal has three schools; two of them are classified as independent and therefore not administered by the municipality.

  • Terråk skole in Terråk is a 1st-10th grade school and the largest in Bindal with approx. 100 students attending it.
  • Kjella friskole, one of the independent schools, is located in Sørhorsfjord. It is a 1st-10th grade school.
  • Bindalseidet friskole is an independent school located in Bindalseidet. It is a 1st-10th grade school.


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.  
  2. ^ Den Norske historiske forening (1871). Historisk tidsskrift. Kristiania, Norge: P.T. Mallings Bogtrykkeri. p. 108. Retrieved 2008-11-18.   (Norwegian)
  3. ^ "Heilhornet". Retrieved 2008-11-19.  

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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  1. A municipality in Nordland, Norway


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