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Sortland kommune
‚ÄĒ  Municipality  ‚ÄĒ

Coat of arms

Nordland within
Sortland within Nordland
Coordinates (city): 68¬į42‚Ä≤31‚Ä≥N 15¬į16‚Ä≤51‚Ä≥EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ68.70861¬įN 15.28083¬įEÔĽŅ / 68.70861; 15.28083Coordinates: 68¬į42‚Ä≤31‚Ä≥N 15¬į16‚Ä≤51‚Ä≥EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ68.70861¬įN 15.28083¬įEÔĽŅ / 68.70861; 15.28083
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Vesterålen
Municipality ID NO-1870
Administrative centre Sortland
 - Mayor (2003) Svein Roar Jacobsen (Ap)
Area (Nr. 152 in Norway)
 - Total 722 km2 (278.8 sq mi)
 - Land 698 km2 (269.5 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 - Total 9,509
 - Density 14/km2 (36.3/sq mi)
 - Change (10 years) 8.6 %
 - Rank in Norway 105
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Official language form Neutral
Norwegian demonym Sortlending[1]
Data from Statistics Norway

About this sound Sortland is a town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Vesterålen traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Sortland. In 1997, the municipality decided to declare township for Sortland. With most houses painted blue, Sortland is often referred to as "the blue town".

Djupfjorden in Sortland
View from Sortland looking south
Sortland Bridge and Hurtigruta, February 2007.

Sortland was separated from the municipality of Hadsel in 1841. The area of Godfjorden was transferred from Kvæfjord (and Troms county) to Sortland (and Nordland county) on 1 January 2000.

Sortland is located on Lang√łya island and is the largest town and commercial centre in Vester√•len. Sortland is located close to the Sortland Bridge, connecting Lang√łya to Hinn√łya by road. The Norwegian Coast Guard has its northern base in this town (Kystvaktskvadron Nord).


General information



The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Sortland farm (Old Norse: Svortuland[2]), since the first church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of a river name Svorta and the last element is land which means "land" or "farm". The river name is derived from svartr which meands "black" and so the meaning is "the black/dark one".


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 15 March 1985. The arms show a gate, symbolizing Sortland as the gateway to the Vesterålen region with its many lakes. The arms were based on the seal used by the municipality since the 1960s, which also showed a (natural) gate in a landscape. The blue colour symbolises the blue sea.[3]

Notable residents

Fjord landscape in Vesterålen seen from a mountain summit. The village closest is Sigerfjord, and across the sound in the background is Sortland town.


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Spr√•kr√•det.  
  2. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & s√łnners bogtrikkeri. pp. 393.   (Norwegian)
  3. ^ Norske Kommunev√•pen (1990). "Nye kommunev√•bener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-11-29.  

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  1. A municipality in Nordland, Norway


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