Gratangen within Troms
|• Mayor (2011)||Ronny Grindstein (Sp)|
|• Total||312.77 km2 (120.76 sq mi)|
|• Land||305.41 km2 (117.92 sq mi)|
|• Water||7.36 km2 (2.84 sq mi)|
|Area rank||271 in Norway|
|• Rank||387 in Norway|
|• Density||3.7/km2 (10/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-13.7 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1919|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Gratangen (Northern Sami: Rivttáid suohkan) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Central Hålogaland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Årstein.
The largest settlement in the municipality is Årstein, which is located approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Narvik and 85 kilometres (53 mi) east of Harstad. Other villages in Gratangen include Elvenes, Fjordbotn, and Hilleshamn. The European route E6 highway runs through the southeastern part of the municipality.
The municipality of Gratangen was established on 1 July 1926 when it was separated from the municipality of Ibestad. The initial population of Gratangen was 1,967. The municipal boundaries have not changed since then.
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Gratangen was the site of the Battle of Gratangen, one of the first battles between the German 3rd Mountain Division under Eduard Dietl and the Norwegian 6th Division under General Carl Gustav Fleischer after the German invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940.
The municipality encompasses the land on both sides of the Gratangen and southeast of the Astafjorden. The municipality borders Skånland to the west, Ibestad (across the Astafjorden) to the north, Lavangen to the east, and Narvik (in Nordland county) to the south.
The municipality is very mountainous, with only one third of the land being below the tree line of 250 to 300 metres (820 to 980 ft) above sea level. Most of the livable land is a narrow area along both sides of the fjord, several side valleys that branch away from the fjord, plus the Fjordbotn area at the head of the fjord.
|Climate data for Årstein|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−6.2
|Precipitation mm (inches)||87
|Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute|
- "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
- Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
- Store norske leksikon. "Gratangen – kommune i Troms" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-09-03.
- "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gratangen.|
- The dictionary definition of gratangen at Wiktionary
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Troms travel guide from Wikivoyage