View of Storslett
Nordreisa within Troms
|Established||1 Jan 1886|
|• Mayor (2011)||Øyvind Evanger (Ap)|
|• Total||3,437.46 km2 (1,327.21 sq mi)|
|• Land||3,336.06 km2 (1,288.06 sq mi)|
|• Water||101.40 km2 (39.15 sq mi) 2.9%|
|Area rank||9 in Norway|
|• Rank||203 in Norway|
|• Density||1.5/km2 (4/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||6%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1942|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Nordreisa (Norwegian) or Ráisa (Northern Sami) or Raisi (Kven) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Storslett. Other villages include Oksfjordhamn, Sørkjosen, and Rotsund.
The municipality consists of the Reisadalen valley, with the river Reisaelva and deep pine forests, surrounded by mountains and high plateaus. Most people live in Storslett, where the river meets the Reisafjorden. Sørkjosen, just northwest of Storslett, is the location of Sørkjosen Airport with flights to Tromsø and several destinations in Finnmark. The European route E6 runs through the northern part of the municipality.
The 3,437-square-kilometre (1,327 sq mi) municipality is the 9th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Nordreisa is the 203rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 4,944. The municipality's population density is 1.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.9/sq mi) and its population has increased by 6% over the last decade.
The municipality of Nordreisa was established on 1 January 1886 when Skjervøy Municipality was divided in two. The southern part of Skjervøy (population: 1,057) was separated to form the new municipality. On 1 January 1890, the Trætten and Loppevolden farms (population: 32) were transferred to Nordreisa from Skjervøy. The parts of Skjervøy lying on the mainland (population: 1,556) were transferred from Skjervøy to Nordreisa on 1 January 1972. On 1 January 1982, the southern part of the island of Uløya (population: 128) was transferred from Skjervøy to Nordreisa.
The municipality is named after the Reisafjorden (originally Reisa), which again is named after Reisaelva ("Reisa river" - originally Reisa). The river name is probably derived from the verb rísa which means "raise" (referring to flooding).
The first element Nord ("northern") was added to distinguish the municipality from Sørreisa Municipality to the south. The municipality was originally named Nordreisen, but the ending was later changed to the present form.
The coat of arms is from modern times; they were granted on 21 December 1984. The arms show two white salmon on a green background. This was chosen since the river Reisaelva is one of the country's best salmon rivers.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
Most inhabitants are descendants of settlers from Finland who came over in the 18th century, escaping famine and war. Today, only a few old people can speak Finnish. Some inhabitants have Sami or Norwegian backgrounds, and today the Norwegian language is most commonly used.
Few old buildings survive in Nordreisa, as virtually everything was destroyed in early 1945 by retreating German troops. The two major attractions are the old trading post at Havnnes, with picturesque old houses that escaped the war damages, and the waterfall of Mollisfossen, which is 269 metres (883 ft) high. The upper, or southernmost, areas of the municipality are covered by the Reisa National Park with unique forest and high plateau vegetation.
In the 2007 municipal elections, Nordreisa recorded the highest vote for the right-wing Progress Party in Norway at 49.3%.
All municipalities in Norway, including Nordreisa, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor. The municipality falls under the Nord-Troms District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of|
|Christian Democratic Party||Kristelig Folkeparti||3|
|Green Party||Miljøpartiet De Grønne||1|
|Socialist Left Party||Sosialistisk Venstreparti||2|
|Total number of members:||21|
Nordreisa Municipality is located around the Reisafjorden and the Reisadalen valley. The municipality also includes the southern part of the island of Uløya. The Lyngen fjord lies on the northwestern edge of the municipality. The island municipality of Skjervøy lies to the north; Kvænangen and Kautokeino municipalities are to the east; Finland is to the south; and the municipalities of Gáivuotna–Kåfjord and Lyngen to the west. The large mountain Halti lies in the southern part of the municipality, near Reisa National Park.
|Climate data for Storslett|
|Average high °C (°F)||−4.3
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−8.0
|Average low °C (°F)||−12.2
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||59
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm)||10.3||9.8||9.1||7.8||8.2||9.8||11.3||11.4||11.8||12.6||11.6||11.3||125.0|
|Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute|
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