Nordland covers a surface area of more than 38,000 square kilometres and has a spectacular coastline of approximately 14,000 kilometres and more than 18,000 islands.
Nordland has 236,000 inhabitants. Bodø is the capital of the county with a population of 46,000.
The Sami population in Nordland consist of three different language groups with concentrated settlement in different parts of the county.
Nordland has five regions:
People have lived in Nordland for more than 12,000 years. The first traces of human settlements are found along the coastline, on the Vega Islands, near Saltstraumen outside Bodø, Steigen and Lødingen.
The whole of Nordland can enjoy the midnight sun from the end of April until the middle of August.
Approximate dates for seeing the midnight sun:
The highest mountain in Nordland is Oksskolten (1,915 metres above sea level).
Norway is at its narrowest (4.3 kilometres) at Hellemobotn in the municipality of Tysfjord.
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