During World War II, the Luftwaffe took more than half of the people’s homes and 15 lives in an air attack. With much of the Port of Bodo destroyed, the Swedish government helped build apartments in 1941 in the city center. The area is called “Swedish town” today. After the war, the Port of Bodo was rebuilt, and the new town hall was finished in 1959.
The Port of Bodo got world attention in 1960 when U.S. pilot Gary Powers’ U-2 was shot down by the Soviets on his way from Pakistan to Bodo.
The Bodo Havn KF is the port authority for the Port of Bodo, the major seaport for northern Norway and Nordland County. With rail and air connections, it is in a strategic position to receive and distribute goods to inland North Norway.
Being continuously expanded over the past two decades, the Port of Bodo is a national port, a European Economic Area port, and a national fisheries port. Its harbor and facilities are modern and efficient for handling both cargo and passengers, and plans are underway for further enhancements.
In the third quarter of 2008, the Port of Bodo handled almost 207 thousand tons of cargo, all of it domestic.