Part of the road to Nyksund. On 1 Januarya small area of southern Øksnes population: 40 was transferred to the neighboring Bø Municipality. On 1 Julythe northeastern part of Øksnes along the Gavlfjorden population: 1, was separated to form the new Langenes Municipality.
This left Øksnes with 2, residents. During the s, rennesøy single were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee.
On 1 Januarythe Krakberget area and the part of Øksnes on the peninsula north of Krakberget population: was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Bø.
On the same date the municipality of Langenes was merged with Myre dating. Prior to the merger, Øksnes had 3, residents and Langenes had 2, residents.
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The first element is probably an old name of Skogsøya island Old Norse: Yxn and the last element is nes which means " headland ".
The old name of the island is identical with the word yxn plural form of uxi which means " ox ". The mountains of the island have maybe been compared with a myre dating of oxen.
The arms show two black fishing hooks on a gold background, appropriate symbols for a municipality which is dependent on fishing and sailing. It is part of the Vesterålen prosti deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. Churches in Øksnes.